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Jozy Altidore calls out ESPN’s Taylor Twellman: ‘He a white boy with connects’

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Altidore did not hold back his feelings about the ESPN commentator Wednesday afternoon.

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Jozy Altidore #17 of the United States yells during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier match between the United States and Honduras on March 24, 2017 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California.
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TORONTO, Canada—Jozy Altidore is not holding back his feelings about ESPN broadcaster and former US International Taylor Twellman.

After comments from Twellman about the U.S. men’s U23 national team, where he called their Olympic Qualifying campaign ‘pathetic and laughable,’ sparked some outcry over social media, Altidore decided he would chime in on the coversation... and did he ever.

“Taylor Twellman national team was laughable,” tweeted Altidore. “Beasley should be an analyst or a Mia Hamm. Twellman need to be on extra time radio with Bobby Warshaw. He a white boy with connects. Stop giving him a platform.”

“People like Twellman telling millions that I’m this I’m that. Didn’t live up to this or that,” Altidore continued. “I’m a hero Taylor to young Black kings that want to play soccer. Kids in Haiti and Caribbean. You don’t define success for me. You weren’t half of me. No more free takes.”

When a user rebutted by stating that Twellman was only going at Altidore from a pure soccer standpoint, Altidore responded:

“That’s fine. My problem is this. I’m not Messi or the best to ever do it. For USA or anyone. But I’m sure as hell not a failure! I thrived in a game where it’s hard for kids that look like me thrive in the US. We don’t promote the positive side. Only negative.”

For what it’s worth, Bobby Warshaw—who Altidore slighted in his initial tweet—also chimed in on the matter:

“Big fan of Jozy and athletes speaking their minds,” tweeted Warshaw. “Sports and society are better for it.”

For what it’s worth, Twellman has yet to respond to Altidore.