Would you play for a country that hates you?
Read this article about the Italian hypocrisy.
I'm sorry, but if I'm the reason my country is in the finals of a major championship and you're drawing me as King Kong, I'm quitting.
That goes for any athlete that receives racial persecution from their own country and their media. You don't make a whole lot of money playing for your national side; it's for the "pride" of playing for your nation. Take a stand against racism!
See how fast racism would die in the US if every Black athlete said, "forget it, I'm not competing for the US because of Trayvon". Or how their own Black president is treated.
US basketball? Dead. Track and Field? Dead. Shoot imagine if every Black athlete in the world decided to not compete and take a stand against racism around the world? The only thing the Olympics would have is swimming and archery.