Another Olympian Gets Punted From Team…
For the second time in as many weeks, 105.7 The Hawk can send out “Another One Bites The Dust” to a recently expelled Olympic athlete. This time around the sport is soccer, the countries involved are Switzerland and South Korea, the offending media of choice remains Twitter, and the offense is similar in nature to that of Greece’s triple jumper Voula Papachristou.
After a loss to South Korea, Michel Morganella, a Swiss soccer team member dropped a bomb on Twitter which was offensive to both the South Korean team as well as South Koreans themselves. Despite the 23 year old athlete’s apology and the fact that they claimed he was provoked by comments sent to his Twitter account prior, the Swiss team acknowledged the violation in rules set forth by the International Olympic Committee’s code of conduct.
Those of us possessing a measurable amount of common sense wonder, “WHAT ARE THEY THINKING?! “ It seems that the combination of young athletes under the world’s spotlight and the accessibility of instantaneous social media has become a troublesome combination.
Maybe it’s time for the Olympic committee to stop encouraging athletes to participate so heavily in social media, or create a new event which encompasses rapid fire social media posting under stressful situations in which the athlete that creates the least amount of offensive gaffs, insults, and social fox pas is awarded the gold.