Here’s an unofficial tally of reasons Olympic athletes and coaches have been reprimanded or sent packing from the 2012 London Games: racist tweets, doping, drunk driving, booze-fueled rampages, and throwing badminton matches.
Now we can add ties to a neo-Nazi group.
German Olympic officials said Friday that a rower had left the Olympics after a broadcaster reported that her boyfriend is a supporter of an extreme right-wing party in Germany.
Nadja Drygalla, a member of the women’s eight crew, planned to leave the Olympic village to avoid any “burden for the Olympic team,” said Michael Vesper, general director of the national Olympic association.
According to Yahoo Sports, “Drygalla’s boyfriend is reportedly a leader of the Rostock National Socialists, a group German intelligence describes as neo-Nazi and racist.”
I wonder, BTW, if any black American athletes have ties to the Nation of Islam, or other radical groups? Perhaps they might feel compelled to quit.
Nah; who am I kidding; that’d never happen…