There has been a lot of discussion lately about China's actions both at home and in Sudan. There aren't too may ways to cut it: China has a brutal, repressive government. So, as my own form of protest, I will not seek a spot on the US team at the 2008 Summer Games. I will not participate in any Olympic qualifiers nor will I entertain any offers from the selection committee.
If we want freedom and justice in this world, we sometimes must make personal sacrifices. I am ready to make mine today.
Citius, Altius, Fortius,
Stevie Joe Parker