Patriots player Obi Melifonwu's girlfriend called 'unclean' for dating black men quits job over racist comments from bosses
New England Patriots player Obi Melifonwu's girlfriend Alyssa Okada has revealed that she has quit her job at Platinum Fitness in Fort Myers, Florida after her bosses called her "unclean" for dating a black man. The 24-year-old took to Instagram to talk to her followers about the situation.
"I’ve been struggling very hard for the past few days to find the words to express how I feel about leaving Platinum Fitness," she said in an earlier post on Facebook. "I considered saying nothing at all but I realized that I refuse to stay quiet about something that has not only hurt me to the core but hurts millions every single day. I am the product of an interracial relationship. I have faced the obstacles that come along with this throughout my life. I also choose to love people for who they are. For their character & their soul, not their outward appearance or the color of their skin," she said in the lengthy post.
She went on to say that the ugly things about her were said before she had been hired and that she had just recently found out about it. "I was and still am extremely qualified for the position but my flaw was who I am dating," she wrote. Okada posted a photo of the conversation on messenger that calls her "qualified" but "unclean". When the term is used the person on the other end replies with "lol". She also revealed that many women associated with the gym have come out with their sexual harassment and verbal abuse stories, including both clients and trainers. "Which is something I choose not to go into because I only experienced a small amount of that compared to what Natasha Petrisko and other female clients and employees that prefer to remain anonymous. They will speak up and tell their story when their time is right," she said.
On her Instagram Okada furiously slammed the two men who called the racist remarks as "a mistake". She also said the same for fans who defended them. "It's not a f****** mistake. This is how you feel, this is how you think. You're just sorry you got caught," she said. "If someone says something that's flat out f*****g wrong, stop making excuses for them," she said fuming.
Melifonwu has not commented on the situation. Melifonwu, who currently plays for the Patriots, was originally selected in the 2017 NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders.