Marathon Runner Kicks Dog During Race, Loses UA Sponsorship Deal
Columbian athlete Jamie Alejandro was recorded kicking a dog that was crossing the road during the Saint Silvester Road Race in Caldas, Columbia on New Year’s eve.
While moving with a group of other runners on a street in Neira, a brown dog passed in front of Alejandro along with other participants. During mid-stride, Jamie can be seen kicking the dog to move out of the way until it flies forward along the street. The runners kept running as if nothing happened.
According to Daily Mail, Alejandro later issued an apology saying, “I did not consider my actions. I have no excuses and I do not justify what I did. I hope I can repay for this somehow, maybe helping dogs in the street. I will not be posting that on social media but I will know what I did. I was not thinking and I know I can be a brute when I am competing.”
Under Armour reportedly took action by dropping their endorsement deal with the runner despite his apologies on social media.
“Under Armour has ended its relation with Jamie Alejandro after the video came to light in recent days. As a company, we do not tolerate any violence or behavior that may harm or put animals in danger.”
Original Article: Gustafa Gatollari of distractify.com