British gymnastics has suspended four-time Olympian Louis Smith for two months for his part in a video in which he appears to poke fun at Islamic religion.
In the tape, which Smith also filmed, the gymnast mocks the faith with a fellow athlete and former gymnast Luke Carson, who dropped to his knees and shouted “Allahu Akbar.”
The two were attending the wedding of gymnast Dan Keatings in Northamptonshire, England.
Near the end of the video, Smith tells a woman who criticizes their behavior that Carson is “doing his 6 o’clock prayers,” before he cries, “the Prophet Mohammed!”
British gymnastics said it was a "cumulative penalty" and that an earlier misdemeanor, which involved Smith posting an image on social media of an American gymnast with an inappropriate comment, had been taken into consideration.
The pommel horse silver medalist in Rio 2016 later said he was “deeply sorry” for his “thoughtless actions” and even missed the medal-winners’ homecoming parade to embark on a tour of English mosques in an attempt to make amends.
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