U.S. Coach Questions Russian Ringer’s Patriotism

We earlier told the tale of Becky Hammon, an American basketball player who’ll be getting big bucks for playing for Russia in the Olympics. And now the U.S. women’s coach speaks out on the commie traitor.

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Christine Brennan of USA TODAY shoots up some tsk-tsking from Anne Donovan, who’ll be leading the American ladies in Beijing. When chatting with ESPN last week, the coach called Harmon’s loyalty into question:

“If you play in this country, live in this country and you grow up in the heartland and you put on a Russian uniform, you are not a patriotic person in my mind”

Mom, apple pie & Rocky Balboa must all be so disappointed.

However, Donovan later added that she “never intended to criticize Becky” with her comments, and that it all might be another case of the generation gap:

“This generation is different, their history is different,” she said. “For me, with the 1980 boycott and then the Soviet boycott of the 1984 Games, it would be unfathomable to consider wearing a Russian jersey. But I’ve been reminded that generations have changed and they aren’t as tied to history as I am.”

Donovan pretty much sums up why Becky is borscht-belt bound: “It’s a great business opportunity for her.”

When you get right down to it, isn’t earning weatlh the basis of our great nation’s capitalist system? So, how can Becky be considered unpatriotic by following the American dream of wanting more money?