Sounders captain Brad Evans did not foresee the coming furor when he pressed send on Thursday afternoon, responding on social media to presidential candidate Donald Trump's professed affection for both taco bowls and Hispanics.
Sounders captain Brad Evans did not foresee the coming furor when he pressed send on Thursday afternoon, responding on social media to presidential candidate Donald Trump’s professed affection for both taco bowls and Hispanics.
“It was a spur-of-the-moment tweet,” Evans said Friday. “I wasn’t expecting anything. And then I opened it up and I had like a bazillion interactions. Almost all of them were positive. It’s interesting, because half the time, I don’t even know what party I am. I don’t lean towards one party extremely. I try to vote for the best person who holds truer values.”
Much of the social media backlash involved questioning whether athletes should delve into politics at all — the “stick to sports” phenomenon. Yet Evans has never been shy to express his opinions on everything from MLS collective bargaining agreement negotiations to the league’s still-stratified pay scale.
“Yeah, OK, just be a robot,” Evans said. “Be a robot. There are a couple of people who are always going to say that. At the end of the day, Twitter is an avenue to express your own opinions, whether or not they align with your club’s views or your city’s views. They’re still your own. That doesn’t mean I’m a malicious person or I am a know-it-all guy. It just happens to be that I’m a soccer player and it got some traction.
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“My dad actually texted me this morning: ‘Yeah, I’m watching The View right now, and they’re talking about your tweet.’ I thought, ‘Oh, boy.’
“It definitely took off in ways I didn’t expect. It’s all in good fun, though. Some people are just way more extreme in their feelings and views.”