TIME 2016 Election

How Pro Athletes Reacted to Donald Trump’s Victory

World Series - Chicago Cubs v Cleveland Indians - Game Six
Jamie Squire—Getty Images Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs reacts after striking out Tyler Naquin of the Cleveland Indians (not pictured) with the bases loaded during the fourth inning in Game Six of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Shock, gloating, and calls for unity

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta wasted no time gloating. After Donald Trump won the presidency, the 2015 Cy Young Award winner, and current world champ, needled celebrities who said they’d flee the country if Donald Trump was elected president.

Other Trump supporters in the sports world were slightly more gracious in victory. UFC president Dana White went for the celebratory tongue-wagging emoji.

While Kansas City Royals pitcher Dillon Gee dug up The Carlton.

Okay, Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito also gloated.

Golfer John Daly offered a straight-up kudos:

Other athletes—in particular NBA players—expressed their disappointment in Trump’s victory.

Others called for unity. Like NASACR driver Michael Waltrip:

And Sacramento Kinds guard Garrett Temple:

And ex-Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo:

Athletes, like all Americans, will be discussing the 2016 election for a long time. Unless you’re Tom Brady. Trump said on the campaign trail Monday that Brady informed Trump that he had voted for him. Though Brady’s wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, said on Instagram that the couple did not support Trump. “I talked to my wife and she said I can’t talk about politics anymore,” said Brady on Wednesday. “I think that’s a good decision for our family.”


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