Yesterday Sean headed off the typical pile-on after an athlete misstep by contextualizing Ryan Lochte as, rather than the preeminent dumb jock of our time, just the latest in a long line of tacky and oblivious athlete-mannequins that have always been around. Not a parable, not a lesson—just another dude that's good at sports and bad at interviews. Which is fair, and probably a healthy viewpoint. Ultimately, it makes a lot more sense to celebrate athletes and challenge media outlets—we like sports, after all, and I'm with Sean when he suggests it doesn't make much sense to rag on the people who play them.
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