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Neymar Under Fire for Insensitive Tribute to Stephen Hawking
Fans did not appreciate Neymar Jr.'s tribute to the late physicist, Stephen Hawking, on Twitter. The footballer seemed to intend to pay homage to Hawking, but ended up offending all of internet!

Brazilian striker, Neymar Jr., has caused quite a stir on Twitter after he posted an insensitive picture as a tribute to the late astrophysicists, Stephen Hawking.

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Stephen Hawking attends the Pride of Britain awards at Grosvenor House (Source: WireImage)

The Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) star shared a topless picture of himself in a wheelchair. apparently paying respect to the renowned physicist. Neymar is currently healing from a foot injury he recently suffered from while playing against the French Team, Marseilles, last month.

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The tweet read, “You need to have a positive attitude and take the most from every situation you find yourself in.
Although the Brazilian star’s intention was not to disrespect Hawking nor hurt the sentiments of those who are disabled, his unsavory tweet offended quite a few people.

Stephen Hawking attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House in London, England. (Source: Getty Images)

Fans angrily responded to Neymar’s post, bashing him for comparing his foot injury to Hawking’s motor neurone disease. 

One user called Neymar the “idiot of the week” for being insensitive towards Hawking’s passing.


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Another user slammed Neymar for comparing himself with the late genius, whilst being injured on a wheelchair.

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Even the senior writer of Sports Illustrated was not impressed by Neymar’s insensitive post; he stated that the footballer usually ‘gets social media’, but ‘this is not one of those times.’

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Another offended user tweeted how Neymar’s tweet is more insensitive than French striker, Griezmann, who recently offended the Internet after dressing up as a ‘black basketball player’.

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Apart from this, many are paying heartwarming tributes to the late physicist. Several things about his life have also been highlighted after his passing, like the fact that he warned the world about Donald Trump!

Related: Stephen Hawking’s Shocking Warning About US President Donald Trump

After Donald Trump withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord in June 2016, the late physicist shared a few remarks of his own. He stated that the US President’s decision can be fatal for our beautiful planet, as climate change is an important issue.

Professor Hawking attend the “Breakthrough Starshot” Announcement at One World Observatory in New York City. (Source: Getty Images)

Stephen Hawking died at the age of 76 on Wednesday morning, after a long struggle with a motor neurone disease. His massive contribution to the world of physics will remain unforgotten.

Professor Stephen Hawking addressing The Cambridge Union in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. (Source: Getty Images)

Upon his passing, his family posted the following statement.

“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today.

Eddie Redmayne and Professor Stephen Hawking at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London, England. (Source: Getty Images)

Stephen Hawking with his family at The Royal Opera House in London, England. (Source: Getty Images)

“He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world. He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.”

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