Really? THIS is so outrageous the guy has to apologize and leave Vancouver? Seriously?
Way to represent your country jackass!
agreed he shouldn't have to leave, but he did so voluntarily after being privately reprimanded by the US team. His leaving had nothing to do with the Olympic committee.
I agree this is absolutely stupid.
And just so we're clear, this is American foolishness, not Vancouver nor Canadian foolishness and, for that matter, not that of the International Olympic Committee.
100% Made in America foolishness!
Rule 4 of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Assoc.’s code says: “USSA members shall maintain high standards of moral and ethical conduct, which includes self-control and responsible behavior, consideration for the physical and emotional well-being of others, and courtesy and good manners.”
It sounds like the USSA acted to forestall the USOC taking action.
About the same thing would have happened if, say, Julia Mancuso was seen out on the streets serving up belly-button jello shots to random guys. (Not to pick on her for any reason.)
I mean, this is the Olympics, not 1AM saturday night at a night club. Different standards of behavior apply. Duh.
So I have no problem with what happened, and I don't think it's particularly prudish to put the kibosh on something symbolically lewd like that done in public. Prudishness has to do with excessive concern about modesty, decorum and propriety, and I don't see sending the guy home as being excessive. He crossed a line he should have known was there.
"USSA members shall maintain high standards of moral and ethical conduct, which includes self-control and responsible behavior, consideration for the physical and emotional well-being of others, and courtesy and good manners."
Yes, but the question is whether letting a woman kissing his medal constitutes immoral or unethical behaviour, is irresponsible, or indicates a lack of self-control.
And we'll just have to disagree on that one. I don't think he did a damn thing wrong and he worked hard for his bronze.
I hope she, or another willing young lass, kissed him elsewhere too -- which is ALSO neither immoral nor unethical.
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