Emilie Gomis in court? The former basketball player was forced to resign from her mandate as member of the Board of Directors and ambassador of the Terre de Jeux 2024 label in Paris 2024 “in a shared concern for appeasement and responsibility”, as indicated the Olympic Games Organizing Committee (Cojo) at the start of the year. And this following a message that she relayed on social networks which caused controversy. Two days after the attacks perpetrated by Hamas in Israel on October 7, the silver medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games briefly published a message in which we saw maps of France from 1947, 1967 and 2023, on which the tricolor flag covering French territory was gradually replaced by the Israeli flag, with the question: “What would you do in this situation?” Message quickly deleted.
Emilie Gomis has since apologized and explained that she denies any form of anti-Semitism or discrimination. It was also not pursued by the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France (Crif), nor Licra, nor SOS Racisme. The national office for vigilance against anti-Semitism (BNVCA) did so, as reported by L’Equipe this Friday. The former French international will be heard next week in a free hearing while an investigation for “apology of online terrorism” has been opened against her. Investigation “entrusted to the direction of the Paris judicial police, by the national center for the fight against online hatred, on December 14, 2023”, as confirmed by the prosecution to the sports daily. My William Bourdon and Vincent Brengarth, lawyers for Emilie Gomis, believe that “this summons is truly astonishing and totally fanciful”. They also denounce “a real relentlessness” against their client.