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'I wonder if 'King James' will tell China the same'
Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev wrote a truly courageous message on a TV camera moments after advancing to the final at the Dubai Championships on Friday.
A video of Rublev writing “No War Please” on a TV camera just after beating Poland's Hubert Hurkacz in their semifinal match has taken Twitter by storm.
"In these moments you realize that my match is not important. It's not about my match, how it affects me. What's happening is much more terrible," Rublev said on Thursday.
"You realize how important it is to have peace in the world and to respect each other no matter what, to be united. We should take care of our earth and of each other. This is the most important thing."
Outkick's Clay Travis tweeted, "Given the threats a Russian athlete can face from its government, this is what speaking truth to power actually looks like. And this takes true courage."
Given the threats a Russian athlete can face from its government, this is what speaking truth to power actually looks like. And this takes true courage.https://twitter.com/tsn_sports/status/1497234776905842688\u00a0\u2026— Clay Travis (@Clay Travis) 1645806651
And the praise just kept coming. Here are a few samples:
Wow! That really truly was courageous. To do it in such a public forum is outstanding.— LuvsDawgs (@LuvsDawgs) 1645807958
He's taking such a risk. I don't think people living in Western democracies appreciate his bravery and the bravery of the Russian people protesting against Putin. Unless you come from those places and can understand.— House Velaryon is the moment. (@House Velaryon is the moment.) 1645804623
this is very brave. I don't think people realize how far these folks are sticking their neck out. thanks again for this great message— Just under the thin line (@Just under the thin line) 1645808189
This man is taking a huge risk doing this, but incredibly brave for doing so. I just hope he finds his way to safety somehow, because we all know Putin and his allies are going to be after him.— Anthony Matthews-Osmachenko he/him\ud83d\ude37\ud83d\udc89x3\ud83c\uddf5\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Anthony Matthews-Osmachenko he/him\ud83d\ude37\ud83d\udc89x3\ud83c\uddf5\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1645811349
A few folks on Twitter couldn't help noting the contrast between Rublev's action and those of a certain American athlete who claims to care about human rights.
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