Brazilian football star Neymar, who recently broke his right foot while playing for Paris Saint-Germain, was slammed on Wednesday for sharing his wheelchair photo as tribute to renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.
Você tem que ter uma atitude positiva e tirar o melhor da situação na qual se encontra.Stephen Hawking pic.twitter.com/JE2MtyuT6b— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) March 14, 2018
His post had an inspirational quote from Hawking, who died at the age of 76 after spending most of his life on wheelchair due to motor neurone disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Written in Portuguese, the quote read,
This insensitive way of paying homage to the legend obviously didn’t go down too well among his fans, who thought it was in real bad taste.
In which #Brazil soccer idol Neymar appears to equate Stephen Hawking’s disability with his own broken pinky toe. #StephenHawking https://t.co/PIoaGzeV9X— David Biller (@DLBiller) March 14, 2018
Neymar the diving bitch!!!! No ethics no morals no sympathy! I hope he lose all his money or even go to prison for like 10 years for frauds & tax evasions & avoidance!! https://t.co/Hrz5sM0JQh— KLOPPOmatic (@sportsliban) March 14, 2018
Neymar there, with his sore metatarsal and sprained ankle, marking Stephen Hawking’s death by cheerily comparing himself to quadriplegic Stephen Hawking 🤦 pic.twitter.com/f9bkh5AEhb— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) March 14, 2018
Because a multimillionaire footballer stuck in a chair for a few weeks while a small bone heals is JUST like Stephen Hawking… Or maybe Neymar heard that this Hawking chap was obsessed with ‘the stars’? https://t.co/zcwurO8rym— Sebastian Smith (@SebastianAFP) March 14, 2018
lmfaaoooo i don’t need to understand portuguese to know neymar is outta pocket https://t.co/nDYbfu8RwB— totodile (@yiadom__) March 14, 2018
Neymar now officially BEGGING to be hated. Wow.— AzzurriFanPhil (@AzzurriFanPhil) March 14, 2018
As if Neymar has gone back through his Icloud to find a picture of him injured in a wheelchair so he can send his wishes to Stephen Hawking hahahahaha https://t.co/4GA7ppsJhb— JWC (@TheJackyCalv) March 14, 2018
Always ask someone if you aren’t sure about a social media post before posting it- Neymar edition. https://t.co/wks9jTVdGr— Caught Offside (@COsoccerpod) March 14, 2018