We Won! I am So Sorry.


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When does an athlete, or a coach, or team have to apologize for winning? If they cheat, for sure! If they gloat, and they treat the losing team disrespectfully, then yes. How about when they simply win big- fair and square, with dignity, but they win really, really big? In Taekwondo Life Magazine's estimation the answer is that you never have to apologize for doing your best and winning in a fair manner. However, a recent series of cases and laws may make winning big a "quasi-criminal act." While this might sound outrageous-it is true.

In 2017 Nassau County, NY passed a law saying that in high school football any team winning by more than 42 points is subject to sanctions, and that this team will be deemed per se "unsportsmanlike", not from their behavior, but from the point gap alone. Further exploration of this law makes it clear; the winning team, and coach, regardless of how they conducted themselves, or their play, will be sanctioned if they exceed the 42 point gap in order to save the losing team from embarrassment. Perhaps the goal is noble, but is the solution just?

Today's episode looks at this outrageous rule, its relationship to Taekwondo competition, and its implications for our young people.

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