The last I’d heard about Fidel Castro, America’s favorite communist wasn’t doing too well in the health department. In fact, I was pretty sure that he was dead, but it turns out he’s alive and kicking. He’s even taking the time out of his busy schedule of dying slowly to write letters about how his athletes were totally screwed at the Olympic games.
On Saturday we told you about Cuban taekwondo fighter Angel Matos. In the story we learned about how Matos was disqualified by a judge in his fight for taking too much injury time, and how the only logical next step Matos could take after the DQ was to kick that judge right in his face. While this seems like poor sportsmanship here under our capitalist pig regime, Fidel thinks it was perfectly acceptable behavior.
(Now with bonus video goodness after the jump.)
From the ASSOCIATED PRESS:
Fidel Castro on Monday defended the Cuban taekwondo athlete who kicked a judge in the face at the Beijing Olympics, saying Angel Matos was rightfully indignant over his disqualification from the bronze-medal match.
Taekwondo officials want Matos and his coach banned for life from the sport. But Castro expressed “our total solidarity” for both Matos and his coach Leudis Gonzalez. He also said, without providing details, that the coach had been offered a bribe.
Matos “was predisposed and indignant,” after being unjustly disqualified, Castro wrote. “He couldn’t contain himself.”
Fidel also went on to say that he thinks a couple of his boxers were screwed as well in their fights.
“I saw when the judges blatantly stole fights from two Cuban boxers in the semifinals,” Castro wrote. “Our fighters … had hopes of winning, despite the judges, but it was useless. They were condemned beforehand.”
Now before we go claiming that Fidel is just experiencing some sour grapes in defeat, I feel it’s important to remind you that he’s 100% right in his assessment of Matos’ act. You see, in a communist state, everybody is equal. So in Matos’ mind, the judge was no different than his Kazakh opponent (who unfortunately was not Borat), therefore he felt he could kick him in the face as well.
It makes perfect sense when you think about it, and frankly, I think American sports could learn something from all of this. I’ll bet the NBA could have avoided this Tim Donaghy fiasco all together had Tim Duncan kicked him in the face after a bogus foul call a few years ago.
*UPDATE*: Here’s video of Matos acting like no Angel towards the ref:
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