Team USA Paintball player Jessica Maiolo has been kicked off the squad for allegedly fat-shaming a teen via a video where she recommends a treadmill for the 17-year-old high school football player instead of a COVID vaccine. Maiolo said on a video that the teen, David Espino, needs a "f--king treadmill."
It didn't take long before the vaxx warriors, led by a woman named Savannah, who goes by RX0rcist on TikTok, went to war with Maiolo and alerted Team USA Paintball of the video. One thing led to another, and the organization said it cut ties with the fitness trainer. "We try to respect every individual's right to have opinions and express them personally," Team USA Paintball said in a statement. "Our investigation into the troubling conduct of Ms. Maiolo has been concluded and we have decided to remove her from the team indefinitely."
TikTok rode in and banned Maiolo, and her Instagram page is also down. Meanwhile, Savannah the Vaxx Warrior wasn't finished. She went after Team USA Paintball sponsors. That led to the organization releasing another statement where it said it wouldn't tolerate "discrimination or bullying of any kind."
In an interview with Good Morning America, Espino's mother said she planned on getting her son the shot, but that vacations messed up the schedule. "Then for one thing or another, it just kind of, I pushed it back."
Before her Instagram went dark, Maiolo said it was "never my intention to shame any individual."
"What started out as me expressing my personal opinion about something I feel quite passionately about, has turned into a moment of regret for the situation I have put my teammates, our sponsors and the sport I love into," she wrote.
"If I were to have such a moment again to convey my full thoughts, I would choose my words more carefully and consider how my opinions may affect others," she added.