Why is the gymnast to blame though? He was not responsible for the situation, and if anyone should be called on it, it should be the judges who directly made the mistake and the governing organizations that sanction the judges. They have "resolved" the issue by washing their hands of it; if you are unhappy with the resolution of the situation, you should turn your frustration to those parties charged with handling these issues. From a PR standpoint, it might make sense for Hamm to offer the medal back or at least call on the people who did err to correct the mistake. However, there's no reason that he has to get involved in a situation for which he was not responsible. It may seem like an honorable gesture were he to offer to return the medal, but it is not dishonorable if he does not. I think he's reacting overly defensively as well, but I can certainly see where he's coming from, seeing that people are trying to make him the scapegoat instead of blaming the judges, governing bodies, etc who actually are at fault.
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8/28/04 at 3:10pm