The captain of the US men’s soccer team deftly handled a question from an Iranian state propaganda reporter on Monday.
Milad Javanmardy from Iran’s state-owned PressTV grilled American midfielder Tyler Adams in a press conference in Qatar, where the World Cup will be held.
The soccer teams of Iran and the United States will face off in an important Group B match on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. ET.
Javanmardy first took offense at Adam’s pronunciation of the word “Iran” and pointed out that he had said it as “Eyeran” instead of the correct “Eron”.
The Iranian state media reporter went on to question him about what he described as racism in the United States and pointed to the claims of the Black Lives Matter movement.
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“Are you okay representing a country that so severely discriminates against black people on its own borders?” Javanmardy questioned Adams, who is black.
Adams graciously apologized for mispronouncing “Iran” and went on to address the Iranian state media reporter’s claims about racism in America.
— Ryan Oleary (@BR0leary) November 28, 2022
The USA men’s captain pointed out that racism is far from an American phenomenon, citing his own experience abroad.
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“There is discrimination everywhere,” he said. “You know, one thing I’ve learned, particularly from living abroad over the past few years and the need to blend into different cultures and somehow integrate into different cultures, is that in the US, we’re moving forward every single one Day.
“I grew up by myself, I grew up in a white family and obviously I’m also of African American heritage and background.
“So I had a little bit of different cultures and was able to integrate into different cultures very easily. So not everyone has that ease and ability to do that and obviously it takes longer to understand and through education I think it’s super important.
“As if you just taught me the pronunciation of your country. So yes, it’s a process. I think as long as you see progress, that’s the most important thing.”
A football reporter called Adam’s response to the question “remarkable” and praised his attitude.
Notable moment in the presser.
An Iranian reporter slams Tyler Adams for mispronouncing Iran, then asks him if he’s comfortable representing the US when the country has such a history of racism towards black people.
Adams gave a very measured answer. Will post later.
— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) November 28, 2022
One football analyst called it a “classic answer of all time”.
Tyler Adams mispronounced Iran and was called by an Iranian journalist – who then asked a question about discrimination in the United States.
— Stu Holden (@stuholden) November 28, 2022
Adams and US coach Gregg Berhalter were asked a series of politically charged questions at the press conference, with football seemingly secondary to Iran’s confrontations with American politics in the Middle East.
Gregg Berhalter and Tyler Adams now turned to systemic racism in the US, the American fleet in the Persian Gulf, high inflation and why Iranians need visas to visit the US but Americans don’t need one to visit Iran.
This press conference was… different.
— Leander Schaerlaeckens (@LeanderAlphabet) November 28, 2022
As the US and Iran face off on Tuesday, longstanding geopolitical tensions between the two countries cast a shadow over the game.
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