Two athletes, including American athlete Mo Creek, escape from Ukraine
There are many puzzling things from the Ukraine-Russia conflict, including sports figures literally out of the Ukraine-Russia conflict. Maurice Creek, an American basketball player trying to make a career abroad, and Paulo Fonseca, a former soccer player turned coach, each had a time out of the country. ravaged by war.
Creek, a former Indiana and George Washington celebrity, is safe in Bucharest, Romania, awaiting a flight home, according to ESPN. And Fonseca, a Portuguese football manager, has returned to his homeland, per Sky Sports. Both escapes are scary stories, and it’s a relief to have them come back alive.
The stories – well worth reading, especially Aishwarya Kumar’s extremely detailed passage on Creek – have similarities: Fear, sirens and rockets exploding, being in a bomb shelter, members family anxiety, horribly slow driving, deep gratitude for safety, and growing fear of conflict.
What stands out at an angle worth writing about is the difference.
Fonseca, whose wife is Ukrainian, returned home from a vacation in the Maldives to help her leave the country. Creek is playing professionally for MBC Mykolaiv and stayed because he was unpaid when team officials downplayed the conflict, and refused to let him out of his contract, saying the league would not be suspended. only.
It took Fonseca 30 hours to leave Ukraine and he is home in Portugal. Creek’s trip out of the country lasted four days, and he still hadn’t come home. Fonseca spoke to the Portuguese embassy, and they sent a car to pick him up and his family, and then drove them across the border.
Creek hitchhiked with his assistant coach’s Ukrainian wife and her mother, who dropped him off at the Moldova border, where he waited in line for 9 hours before he got his can overcome. (Note: There is no mention of a border or crossing it in Fonseca’s story.)
If you’re thinking, “God, is this guy really going to convince us of the race again?” I’m sorry, but it’s important to remember that race and socioeconomic status have forever played a role in people’s ability to flee harm. That’s why during COVID, the rich can clear out high-rise apartments and move into isolated nature refuges while the poor leave in urban areas. where the virus spreads.
I’m not saying that’s why it takes a journeying basketball player longer to leave the war-torn country than the former Roma manager, but it’s no coincidence.
Creek can’t fly out of the country because he hasn’t been paid and waiting for a family member to transfer the money would take too long. Also, it’s lucky he’s American because Creek has heard reports of Black migrants having problems at the border.
Here is a section from Kumar’s work:
“[Creek] reached the border, but he knew he wasn’t safe yet. He has heard reports that Black migrants, like him, are being sent back, having to wait days before being allowed into neighboring countries. He clutched his American passport and told himself he would beg them to allow him entry, if that happened.
When he came to the front of the line, he was asked to move aside. Border officials let the people behind him in. Then they asked him for his passport. They saw it was an American, and they asked him to wait, leaving with his passport. The 10 minutes he waited was like another nine hours.
They turned around, giving him his passport. And waved to him.
He called his mother.
‘Mother, I am a free man!’ he shouted into the phone.
He heard a groan in response. “
Not all phone calls involve a sigh of happiness and relief on the other end of the line. And even when they’re really excited, as was the case with Mother Creek, Pammy, there is still concern for those not so fortunate.
“I’m crying with joy because Maurice is out,” she told ESPN. “I am crying for the souls that are still there. I am crying and praying for those who have lost their loved ones. I am crying for the woman and her daughter who had to leave their son and husband behind.”
Fonseca was similarly shaken.
“I see the whole of Europe trying to help everyone. I understand the political situation, but I must say it is not enough. I don’t know what more we can do, but we have to do more.”