American Athlete Shamed For Wearing Canada Hat in Rio

Support your wife or support your country? Both!

American decathlete Ashton Eaton was seen wearing a Canadian hat at the track meet on Friday in Rio. His wife, Canadian heptathlete Brianne Theisen-Eaton, was born in Saskatchewan and he said he wore it to show his support for her.

Reigning Olympic Heptathlon champion Ashton Eaton pictured with his wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton at the press conference of the athletics meeting of Liege. They both will participate. (Photo by William Van Hecke/Corbis via Getty Images)

(Photo by William Van Hecke/Corbis via Getty Images)

Of course, the Internet had a lot to say about this. Many criticised him for not being a loyal American whereas others applauded him for being a supportive husband.

Friday night he responded on Twitter to the criticism.

  And then she went on to win us a medal!

I would say the hat definitely helped! I think he did the right thing by supporting his wife while also remaining loyal to where he’s from. Although as Canadians, we’re totally biased!

What do you think – was he out of line to sport apparel supporting a country that he’s not competing for? 

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