Neymar Gets Raked For “Repulsive” Response To Death Of Stephen Hawking

Bryan Brandom
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When he was 21, Stephen Hawking received an ALS diagnosis and was told he had two years to live. He outpaced that estimate by over five decades, long enough to make groundbreaking discoveries and become the most world-famous physicist in the history of physicists

He also lived long enough to witness the rise of Twitter, where athletes put their feet into their mouths (or into their Twitter thumbs?) regularly. 

After Hawking passed at the age of 76 on Tuesday, Brazilian soccer superstar Neymar did just that.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward, who’s been out since February with a broken bone in his foot, posted a photo of himself in his wheelchair, accompanied by a Hawking quote translated into Portuguese: “You have to have a positive attitude and get the best out of the situation in which you find yourself.”

Twitter users did not appreciate Neymar’s comparing his situation to that of Hawking, who spent most of his life in a wheelchair.

Neymar is expected to return to training in mid-April.