Walker said, “This is the United States of America, and if people don’t like the rules here and there’s no doubt we can make some things better, but if people don’t like the rules here; why are you here?”
He also said, “People think I’m very harsh when I say this.” Walker who competed in the 1992 Olympics when he raced with Team USA’s two-man bobsled team, questioned if the Olympics is the “right place” Olympians to protest the very nation they are supposed to be representing. Especially when you consider that they are on the world stage.
Walker believes sports icons should encourage these Olympic athletes to send the correct message. He went on to say, “It’s very sad to me because any other country… I can promise you… they would not be representing that country.”
Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has warned that athletes should avoid “divisive” political statements during the games
While Walker said he “disagrees” with the message of the protest he agrees with their right to protest, but he was very adamant that the Olympics is not the place to do it saying, “We have to have leaders that… are going to stand up and say the right thing. You can feel a certain way, and I think that’s great, but this is the United States Olympics. … I’m not sure that’s the time or place,” he concluded.
Fox interview can be accessed here: