Runner Wayne Collett, who together with U.S. team-mate Vice Matthews is banned from the Olympic?
Runner Wayne Collett, who together with U.S. team-mate Vice Matthews is banned from the Olympic Games for life following his behaviour at the 400-metres final medal presentations in Munich, says he and Matthews meant no disrespect to the Games.
Gold medallist Matthews and silver medallist Collett turned away from the U.S. flag and chatted casually amongst themselves during the playing of their anthem. Then Matthews was seen to twirl his medal around and give a 'Black Power' salute when leaving the stadium.
In this interview Collett insists it was a gesture of disapproval to the U.S. anthem itself rather than to the Olympic ceremonials that motivated the actions of the two champion Black athletes.