And by “pinning” we don’t mean like giving someone your fraternity pin. We mean like he’s accused of having sex with her. Benjamin E. Flavin, 20, former coach at Lundahl Middle School (IL) was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
So . . . can’t get enough of those Commonwealth Games over in India, can you? Come on, admit it: you love watching countries compete for medals in sports that are too boring to watch even during the Olympics! But if you had, you might have seen an Australian Greco-Roman wrestler (we think that means they fight in helmets and battle armor like in The 300) not only refuse to shake the hand of his opponent after being disqualified, but also flipping the bird to the judges. That gesture, known as “spat the dummy” down under, not only riled officials, but also cost him a sliver medal. At right, in a hard to see still we took from the video (below) Hassene Fkiri makes his fateful gesture. Cheers to you to, mate!
At almost the same time another Australian competitor, this time in cycling, also “spat the dummy” after being disqualified from a race. Sounds like the Aussies need to calm down a bit and enjoy this sporting event as much as the rest of us.
Here’s more on the story from the Australian Broadcasting Company:
A contrite Hassene Fkiri has spoken of his shame after being stripped of a silver medal for making a rude gesture towards wrestling officials. It came as Australian chef de mission Steve Moneghetti was forced to reproach a second Australian competitor – cyclist Shane Perkins – for similar behaviour.
Tunisian-born Fkiri fronted a press conference in Delhi this morning looking a broken man. He was competing against Indian wrestler Anil Kumar in a gold medal match when he was disqualified on Tuesday.
Furious with the decision, and the fact he had blown his chance at winning gold for his adopted country Australia, Fkiri lashed out and showed his middle finger to officials before refusing to shake the hand of his opponent. Australian chef de mission labelled Fkiri’s actions as unsportsmanlike, ordered him to make a public apology and banned him from leaving the athletes’ village for the rest of the competition.
There’s drinking and then there’s DRINKIN’! And City High (Iowa City) wrestling coach Brad Smith was allegedly doing the latter. How do we know? He was arrested in July for drunk driving while going the wrong way down a freeway coming right toward a police car. When stopped, Smith appeared to be intoxicated and a breathalyzer confirmed that, as the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame coach blew an incredible .241% BAC, more than three times the legal limit of .08%. Smith’s efforts land him at #18 on our all time list of sports boozers, more commonly known as the World Famous BadJocks BAC Rankings. (And, if a .241 lands you at #18, you’re going to want to see what the guy in the #1 spot did to earn that spot.)
Here’s more on Coach Smith’s arrest from the Press Citizen:
City High wrestling coach and former national wrestling champion Brad Smith is accused of driving drunk last month.
Smith, 56, was charged with drunken driving and driving the wrong way down a one-way street on July 2 in Coralville. According to the arrest report, Smith was driving on Highway 965 in Coralville just after midnight on July 2. Police said he was southbound in the northbound lanes between Commerce Drive and Holiday Road and was headed toward a marked North Liberty Police Department squad car.
After he was pulled over by a Coralville Police officer, he was determined to have a .241 blood alcohol level, more than three times the legal .08 limit for operating a motor vehicle. He also had bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and impaired balance, and admitted to drinking, police said.