US Olympic athlete with Mexican flag

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  1. Sgt Mickey

    Sgt Mickey <font color=red>I will always remember where I was

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    http://us.cnn.com/2012/08/10/opinion/navarrette-olympics-flags/index.html?hpt=hp_c2
    Someone posted this on Facebook and made the comment

    "I have no words to express my disgust with this "BEEPED OUT BAD WORD". "


    I was thinking what is the big deal. Why can't you be proud of where you came from. It is obvious he isn't trying to disgrace the US but he also wants to remember where he came from.
    What if it was a flag from canada or somewhere else would it be as much as a big deal???
     
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  3. sparklynails23

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    There was one athlete who was born in New York, grew up in California, and competed for the Dominican Republic. I don't get why that is even allowed.
     
  4. sam_gordon

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    I'm not upset about it, but I don't think he should have done it. With the exception of Native Americans, everyone in the US has a background in another country. But they're not representing that country when competing... they're representing the US. You want to represent Mexico (or any other country)? No problem. Try out for their team.
     
  5. LisaR

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    It would only bother me if he was just carrying the flag from Mexico and not the USA. I'm good with it.

    However, I have to say that guy bugs me in general. His gross pregame licking ritual was just YUCK!
     
  6. Princess Dolly

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    I have no issue with it. He is also holding an American Flag. So what, he's proud of his heritage. The stuff that gets people's knickers in a knot. :rolleyes:
     
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    :rotfl:I didn't see him and now I am intrigued I may have to google that.
     
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    Ironically his father was an illegal and came to this country for a better life. Why would you display the flag of a country that your own father left to give you a better life? Being proud of your heritage is one thing, but displaying a flag, especially during the Olympic games is saying you are proud of "your country". He is an American citizen and he represents the US in the games, not Mexico. While he is free to do what he pleases, I admit it rubs me the wrong way. If he wanted to represent Mexico, then he was free to move there and compete for them. :confused3
     
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    Sgt Mickey <font color=red>I will always remember where I was

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    exactly:confused3
     
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    Sgt Mickey <font color=red>I will always remember where I was

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    I can see this BUT I didn't see where it would it would be a disgrace (not you saying it but my friend and people who posted under the article)!!!
     
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    If he wants to represent Mexico he should have run for Mexico. He was there for the USA and that is whose flag and only whose flag he should have held up.

    Do you see athletes who are German or Irish heritage for example holding those flags? No They hold up USA flags.

    He would run no more races for the USA if I ran the USA team. I find it disgusting.
     
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    BUT is there is a difference between a heritage and he was actually born in Mexico:confused3

    Just wondering if anyone knows is there any other athlete to ever do something like this???
     
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    Because people disagree with something means their "knickers are in a knot"? It would be a boring world if we all agreed with everything everyone did.
     
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    It only bothers me when athlete train in the USA and then go back to there home country to compete
     
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    What a weirdo! That being said, if he's representing the US, he should be waving the US flag. If he's representing Mexico, by all means wave the Mexican flag, not both. He's on the American team, fly the American flag.
     
  19. Hannathy

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    He chose to be an American citizen, so it is his heritage. My Grandparents were born in Germany But they became citizens and if asked would say they were American not German. Same difference. If he wants to be from Mexico become a Mexican citizen. Right now he is American of Mexican heritage.
     
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    If he were carrying only the Mexican flag, it would bug me. But from that picture it looks like he is proudly displaying the American flag . We are all from somewhere.
    Well, besides being kinda gross, its just plain bizarre!
     
  21. Princess Dolly

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    Outside of an athletic scholarship, they are paying for their own training, so I don't see the big deal. Actually I don't see the big deal even with a scholarship since that is private money.

    I also don't see the big deal if an American knows they won't qualify for the US team but can fall under another nation's flag and competes for that county. Maybe it irks the people in that country, but again, doesn't bother me.

    ETA: Based on his pregame ritual, I wonder if he has OCD.
     
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