Gold medalist drops major sponsor due to his religious beliefs
This athlete has no qualms about dropping a major sponsor to live up to his faith.
Colton Satterfield, a professional BMX athlete, announced he parted ways with Monster Energy for religious reasons in November 2017, as reported by Liftable.
Monster Energy's edgy logos and marketing run counter to his Christian faith, Satterfield said in a statement posted by Vital BMX.
'I can imagine some non-religious people thinking this is wild or crazy, and not that long ago I would have been one of those people... But I had a straight up real and wildly profound experience that shockingly confirmed serious religious truth to me,' the athlete wrote.
Monster Energy is an energy drink company known for supporting many extreme sports. Apart from BMX, it also sponsored Bellator MMA, Ultimate Fighting Championship, Moto GP, Speedway, skateboarding, and snowboarding.
Known around the world for his skill as a BMX biker, Satterfield has a gold medal at the 2014 X Games and another from the 2015 X Games.
Satterfield has shown that huge, profitable sponsorships are nothing compared to his faith.
He proclaimed his deep Christian faith in an Instagram post. He wrote, 'God is actually real, Christ actually lives, and there is one entirely true Church with the entire fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ restored by Him. A knowledge and gift and truth so glorious that it should be consistently shouted and shared.'
Satterfield is not the only athlete known for being vocal about his religious faith.
Tim Tebow - a former football quarterback, and current professional baseball outfielder - has also spoken about his Christian faith.
He has said that he wanted to be known beyond the field of sports. He said he wanted to be someone "that was known for bringing faith, hope, and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need."