US journalist Grant Wahl, who was detained in Qatar for wearing a rainbow jersey in support of the LGBTQ community, died while covering the FIFA World Cup, his brother announced today.
Grant, 48, collapsed while covering the quarter-final between Argentina and the Netherlands at the Lusail Iconic Stadium on Friday.
Grant’s brother, Eric, alleges that the Qatari government may have been involved in the death of the former Sports Illustrated journalist.
“My name is Eric Wahl. I live in Seattle, Washington. I’m Grant Wahl’s brother. I’m gay,” he said in a video posted on Instagram. “I’m the reason he wore the rainbow shirt to the World Cup. My brother is healthy. He told me he received death threats. I don’t believe he just died. I believe he was killed. And I just begged for anything.” Help.”
At the start of the World Cup, Grant said that World Cup security had denied him participation in the United States’ opening game against Wales at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan and asked him to take off his jersey. rainbow out. He said his phone was taken away when he tweeted about the incident.
He added that a security official at the venue approached him afterwards to apologize and allow him into the stadium. He also received an apology from a FIFA representative, he said.
It remains unclear whether Grant died at the hospital or in transit.
“We’re still trying to find out,” Eric said. “He collapsed at the stadium, was given CPR, was taken to the hospital by Uber, and died according to Celine. We just spoke to the state department and Celine spoke to Ron Klain and the White House.”
According to rights groups, there were concerns about the rights of fans attending the event, especially LGBT+ individuals and women, who have been discriminated against by the Qatari government.
The United States Soccer Agency said in a statement it was “heartbroken” to learn of Grant’s death, adding that he would remain “an inspiration to all”.
Statement by US Soccer on the passing of Grant Wahl: pic.twitter.com/CBp1mCK1mQ
– United States Soccer (@ussoccer) December 10, 2022
The American Football League said: “The entire American Football family is heartbroken to learn that we have lost Grant Wahl. “Here in the United States, Grant’s passion for football and commitment to enhancing our sport’s reputation have played a vital role in helping to garner interest and respect for the beautiful sport. What matters is that Grant’s belief in the power of the sport to advance human rights has been, is and will remain an inspiration to all.”
Grant’s wife, Celine Gounder, an epidemiologist and infectious disease expert, expressed her shock on social media.
I am very grateful for my husband’s support @GrantWahlThe football family of many friends contacted tonight.
I was completely shocked. https://t.co/OB3IzOxGlE
— Céline Gounder, MD, ScM, FIDSA 🇺🇦 (@celinegounder) December 10, 2022
“I am so grateful for the support of my husband @GrantWahl’s football family and of the many friends who reached out tonight. I am completely shocked,” she wrote on Twitter.
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