Tennis player Tennys Sandgren slammed the media and warned journalists that they were “hastening the hell” they wish to avoid for reporting on his Twitter account.
Business Insider notes: “Previous tweets and retweets from Sandgren’s account showed him debating Pizzagate, arguing that the media was not covering Hillary Clinton engaging in Satanic rituals, and interacting with alt-right media members, one of whom attended the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.”
Sandgren was asked about his Twitter activity on Jan. 22, and denied supporting the alt-right:
I find some of the content interesting, but no I don’t [support the alt-right]. Not at all. No, as a firm Christian, I don’t support things like that, no. I support Christ and following him and that’s what I support.
Sandgren read a statement to the press from his cell phone after losing in the Australian Open quarterfinals on Jan. 24:
You seek to put people in these little boxes so that you can order the world in your already assumed preconceived ideas. You strip away any individuality for the sake of demonizing by way of the collective.
With a handful of follows and some likes on Twitter, my fate has been sealed in your minds. To write an edgy story, to create sensationalist coverage, there are a few lengths you wouldn’t go to to mark me as the man you desperately want me to be.
You would rather perpetuate propaganda machines instead of researching information from a host of angles and perspectives while being willing to learn, change, and grow.
You dehumanize with pen and paper and turn neighbor against neighbor. In so doing, you may actually find you’re hastening the hell you wish to avoid, the hell we all wish to avoid.