Scottish broadcaster and former footballer Alan Brazil has come under fire for his mockery of veganism and plant-based athlete Hector Bellerín.
Despite the Arsenal right back's status as a professional athlete, and his successful football career, he was the target of Brazil's criticism after his team's May 3 loss to Atletico Madrid.
The mockery perpetuated by Brazil included insistence that Bellerín 'get a steak down' him - and a belittlement of vegans in general.
Brazil and his 'sweeping judgements' have since been criticized in a scathing article published by sports-focused website Joe.
The sarcasm-laden article from Nooruddean Choudry included a tongue-in-cheek reference to Brazil as 'a perfect advert for healthy living' and the insincere claim that Brazil's jokes about vegans were 'very original'.
The Arsenal player, however, has been quick to cast aside Brazil's criticism.
Bellerín told MR PORTER: "When it comes to nutritional literature, everyone is very old-school... 'You need milk, eggs, meat!'
"But actually, you are able to get the same amount of protein, carbohydrates and vitamins from plants."
The star athlete went plant-based as a 'detox' experiment, but stayed vegan for the environment, and due to his improved recovery and performance in his sport.
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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