Female athlete removed from Team USA for mocking fat Covid patient…

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  • Fit in 15 fitness trainer Jessica Maiolo, 31, was kicked off Team USA Paintball for ‘fat-shaming’ a teenager hospitalized for COVID-19
  •  The group not affiliated with the Olympics made the announcement Monday
  • ‘Our investigation into the troubling conduct of Ms. Maiolo has been concluded and we have decided to remove her from the team indefinitely,’ a statement read
  • Maiolo shared a video on TikTok in which she showed no sympathy for David Espino, 17, saying he needed to lose weight while smiling smugly 
  • Espino is an offensive lineman at Miami Tru Foundation Academy and has been dubbed an ‘under-the-radar prospect’
  • Maiolo responded to her dismissal by saying she never intended to ‘shame’ the teen she mocked and hoped he ‘is well’
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Fitness trainer and Team USA Paintball player Jessica Maiolo has been booted off the squad after she was accused of ‘fat-shaming’ a teenager hospitalized for COVID-19 by saying he needs ‘a f**king treadmill’ more than a vaccine.

The team, which is not affiliated with the Olympics, announced on Monday they were cutting ties with Maiolo, 31, after she shared a video on TikTok in which she scornfully reacted to a news report about David Espino, 17, a Florida high school all-star football player.

The video earned furious backlash, with commenters comparing her to a ‘Hallmark Christmas movie villain’ for ridiculing a sick child and calling on her team to kick her out.

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Team USA Paintball initially responded on Monday by saying that Maiolo had been suspended pending an investigation but adding: ‘We try to respect every individual’s right to have opinions and express them personally.’

Less than 24 hours later the team announced her removal ‘effective immediately,’ writing in a statement: ‘Our investigation into the troubling conduct of Ms. Maiolo has been concluded and we have decided to remove her from the team indefinitely.’

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9879973/Jessica-Maiolo-removed-Team-USA-Paintball-fat-shaming-teen-hospitalized-COVID-19.html

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