"I'm outing myself. Say what? = tafnut (real name has already been posted several times). Please go read the thread I started about bashing people. MY POINT is that you wish to bash Jon Drummond, and you think that's OK. But fair is fair, so you should identify yourself as well. MY POINT was NEVER about JD, it was about people, like yourself, who have no problem criticizing specific individuals when they know NOTHING about what the athlete is going through. NO THREAD is ever about the thread itself, or even the original intent - it's about whatever is significant that we wish to talk about. I was addressing your need to criticize a man who so obviously is already down and out. What he did, he must bear the burden of himself. It DISserves us all to continue to heap abuse upon him."
OK, few things:
First, thanks for that post; I think the tone of this conversation is now improving from where it was yesterday.
You say that if I feel the need to criticize Drummond, I should identify myself. I'm not sure why I should feel the need to do so. There are many posts on various threads in this board that could be classified as criticisms. Should everybody who criticizes anyone be obligated to identify themselves? If you feel that's the case, I think there is a large number of people on every thread that you should single out.
Additionally, you talk about my need to criticize a man who is down and out. My criticisms are simply based on my perception of gentlemanly behavior. I have seen many cases of disqualifications in big meets in which the disqualified athletes did not behave like Drummond. Instead, they respectfully walked off the track, acknowledging that they had broken the rules (Linford Christie in 96 is a big exception to this). True, I don't know exactly what was going on in Drummond's head; how could I? However, I think I have the right to make observations that are based on comparisons of Drummond's behavior to that of other world-class athletes in similar situations.