November 3, 2009 3 Comments
CNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovell ought to have his photograph in the dictionary next to the word “douche.”
His thoughts on the NYC Marathon victory of American runner Meb Keflezighi were utterly vile.
When called out for his bigotry, he stuck by his guns.
Now he’s trying to backpedal as a firestorm of criticism grows on the Twitter!
Here’s what Douche Rovell had to say when Keflezighi became the first American winner of the NYC race since the early 80s:
It’s a stunning headline: American Wins Men’s NYC Marathon For First Time Since ’82.
Unfortunately, it’s not as good as it sounds.
Meb Keflezighi, who won yesterday in New York, is technically American by virtue of him becoming a citizen in 1998, but the fact that he’s not American-born takes away from the magnitude of the achievement the headline implies.
Nationality in running counts. It’s why many identify Kenya as the land of the long distance champions.
As for the United States? Not so much.
It has been well-documented that since the mid-80’s, Americans haven’t had much success in the marathon. Many cite lack of motivation as the root of our troubles, as in our best athletes devote their lives to sports where they can make big money instead of collecting the relatively small paychecks that professional running offers. That, of course, is not the case with African runners, who see in the same winner’s check a lifetime full of riches.
Given our disappointing results, embracing Keflezighi is understandable. But Keflezighi’s country of origin is Eritrea, a small country in Africa. He is an American citizen thanks to taking a test and living in our country.
Nothing against Keflezighi, but he’s like a ringer who you hire to work a couple hours at your office so that you can win the executive softball league.