Celtics star’s ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ Jacket Sparks Twitter Rage

By Geoff Livingston - Flickr: John Wall (@john_wall) Takes on Kemba Walker (@kembawalker), CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32314064

Boston Celtics point guard Kemba Walker caused a Twitter uproar when the team’s official account posted a photo of him wearing a yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” jacket as he arrived at TD Garden, prior to a Tuesday game against the Washington Wizards.

“The Boston Celtics posting a pic of Kemba walker in a neo-nazi jacket is so aggressively on-brand for that city,” posted a Twitter user. Another replied, “Kemba walker came to the game dressed in the racist snake flag. Somebody flagrant foul him real quick.” 

The organization quickly deleted the photo of Walker from the official Celtics Twitter account.    

The design originated prior to the American Revolution, when Christopher Gadsden, a South Carolina politician, created the yellow flag with a coiled snake on it, expanding on Benjamin Franklin’s 1754 drawing depicting eight American Colonies as parts of a snake, along with the phrase “Join, or Die.”

The Gadsden flag’s resurgence came with 2009’s conservative Tea Party movement, and was demonized by liberals as a symbol of racism and intolerance when it was flown alongside “Trump 2020” flags during the presidential election.  

The flag has purportedly come to represent that the government is oppressive, and after it was used by Capitol riot protestors, has been deemed a racist symbol.  

During a post-game press conference, reporters grilled Walker about the jacket. “Was there any message? No,” remarked Walker. “I’m kinda confused about the question.” 

“People just noted it on social media,” a reporter tip-toed. “They just thought it was a cool jacket, I didn’t know, the ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ thing on the back, I didn’t know if there was anything to it, or just a fashion statement?” 

But Walker wasn’t trying to make any statement, political or other. “I have no idea. The colors looked good, it went with my sneakers, that’s all,” Walker commented.   

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paul
1 year ago

Current Political Climate wants to label everything as Racist when most of the ones raising the Racist banner are the Racist .

Jack
Jack
1 year ago
Reply to  paul

So true. Me says who gives a rats butt what a basketball player has to say or not say in this case. Keep playing with balls because you don’t have any.

Gerald Oliver
Gerald Oliver
1 year ago

Stupid comments! “Don’t tread on me” is not a Neo-Nazi symbol! It is a symbol of people who are tired of the Leftist trying to dominate American rights and freedoms!

TFL
TFL
1 year ago

Has the NBA banned the wearing of all political statements? No. They allow social justice statements. He has the right to wear his political statements.

GUY
GUY
1 year ago

Everything is deemed racist these days, It’s now a TOOL of the left.
Sadly because it’s become a tool, we’ll never hear the end race whining.

Kimberly
Kimberly
1 year ago
Reply to  GUY

It will end when conservatives quit supporting any sports team that is political. Too many conservatives complain about the anti American attitude of sports teams but then go to or watch the games and buy their clothing etc. My brother served in Vietnam and other wars and did 26 years in the Army. They trash this sacrifice and the sacrifice many others have done in service to our country. I no longer will go to a game in any sport or watch it on TV. I also no longer buy anything with their logo on it. That includes pro and college sports. I also try not to shop at any store that condone this attitude. The majority has to stand up for our country, it’s military, the police, etc. If you watch games and buy their goods you are accepting what they are saying. I don’t

Kenneth Kompany
Kenneth Kompany
1 year ago
Reply to  Kimberly

Right On!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rosalind Kelly K Sherman
Rosalind Kelly K Sherman
1 year ago
Reply to  Kimberly

Right on is Righttttttttttttttttttttt

WDM
WDM
1 year ago
Reply to  Kimberly

Why is it up to conservatives??? it’s the dems that are calling everything racist!!!

oldedude
oldedude
1 year ago
Reply to  Kimberly

The Left/Liberals/Democrats/Progressives (however they may be characterized) wield power BECAUSE THEY MAKE NOISE. Their radical politics and philosophy is embraced by no more than 17% of the populace, so why are they calling the shots? And the answer is BECAUSE THEY MAKE NOISE!. If we want to counter their influence, we must make noise too. It is NOT enough to say, “oh well, I’m not gonna shop at Target because of their ‘gender inclusive’ restrooms”. Yes, you DO have to punish Target for caving in to that inanity, but you must tell them that you are going to. Don’t let them think that their sales are down because of some fluctuation in the market. They need to know that they aren’t selling because you are not buying from them and why you are not. Go to their website, go to their “Contact” option and send a note: “Dear Coca-Cola/Delta Airlines/etc. – Georgia’s efforts to ensure the integrity of its elections is not a matter requiring your ‘approval’ and your presumption that you have the right to dictate issues to the people of Georgia is the height of arrogance. Stick to selling sodas/flying airplanes/etc, just don’t count on selling any of it to me, because I don’t support “woke” fascists who think that their market share entitles them to tell me how to act or vote or think.” THEN quit buying their crap. When the indignant voices from the Right begin to drown out the shrill shouts from the Left, this idiocy will cease.

Jim
Jim
1 year ago

Right now the Democratic crooks that stole the 2020 election are treading all over every American. Corrupt China Joe Biden Handlers are destroying America day by day. Who are these terrible people. Biden is brain damaged and has problems even reading what they write for him. These Deep State rats need to identified and purged from our government. Where is AG Garland. MIA Thank God he didn’t make it to the SC.

Patrick Henry
Patrick Henry
1 year ago

I’m not sure why the left and this writer assume racism from a patriotic symbol of freedom. That flag represents the fight against oppression of big government and the fight for freedom which includes the fight AGAINST racism. It’s time for liberals to grow up and try to seek truth; not continue to make up crap on the go!

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
1 year ago

The remedy for all this cancel culture and everything is racist is.
#1–ignore it
#2–stop watching professional sports
This should send some kinda message.

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
1 year ago

FYI—If anyone here posts on the Trump Train site, they’ve gone bonkers. Holding many (perfectly fine comments)
Either releasing them 2 days later, or not at all. Be ware.

dave arvedon Arvedon
dave arvedon Arvedon
1 year ago

This jacket does NOT symbolize racism of any kind. What it symbolizes is that here in the United States, if somebody has an issue with the way I look, the way I dress, my religious affiliation, or the fact that I don’t believe in exceeding the legal speed limit, then that individual had better not threaten me or put one hand on me or I shall smash him in the face with my cricket bat. The message on the jacket is MIND YOUR OWN EFFIN’ BUSINESS, KAREN. In fact, it is diametrically opposite to the concept of racism or white supremacy. These cancel culture morons with the tattoos are just as bad as KKK members, and in fact, many of them probably ARE KKK members. The jacket states, “You don’t bother me, and I won’t bother you.”

Wharf Rat
Wharf Rat
1 year ago

Neo Nazi? What in the world are these people smoking. I say we take them to a place where there are no freedoms like here and then see if they think that Dont Tread On Me is neo nazi.

Marion Williamson
Marion Williamson
1 year ago

I would have preferred if he did understand what it meant. It’s okay for the left to make statements, but not for anyone else. I’d rather they just played, but in this day and age it doesn’t seem to be enough. SO SAD!!!!

Laxmom
Laxmom
1 year ago

Only racists see something wrong with that jacket

Thomas Bodine
Thomas Bodine
1 year ago

Neo-Nazi my forth point of contact it’s the Gadsden Flag the first flag of the USMC and now recognized as a gun rights symbol, these liberal douches are so stupid they can’t even do research just regurgitate the BS they were taught. 🐀’s

Mikey
Mikey
1 year ago

Ah, the “tolerant” progressive left…

oldedude
oldedude
1 year ago

Only the most historically ignorant would characterize this particular flag as “racist”. And, of course, the charge of “racism” has been so overused as to have become utterly meaningless. Indeed, about the only thing it doesn’t describe is actual racism, which is probably reflective of the fact that the biggest racists are those who claim to see it in things as innocuous as the “OK” symbol. These people need laughed off the planet because they really are ridiculous (plus shaming won’t work, because “shame” requires some degree of personal insight and capacity for critical thinking).

Mike W
Mike W
1 year ago

These left wing loons get their panties in a knot because of a jacket? They say typical of neo nazi Boston? They didn’t say a word about how much Obama loves Boston – or how when Barry was done using her on the campaign trail – he gave his “Aunt” Zeituni” an autographed photo of himself and sent her back to Boston to live out her says in abject poverty. He wouldn’t even help his “family” get her back to Kenya for her burial. Of course he did about the same for all the African Americans who voted for him. The Democrats firmly beleive all black people think alike – how racist is that? And they openly profess it. This is just another fine example of how any African American who dares step off the plantation and thinks.for themselves gets treated – kind of like “massa” crackin the whip ain’t it?

Last edited 1 year ago by Mike W