Suppose you are a top athlete who has just won a major international track event. A 14-year old girl in a mascot costume comes up and tries to give you a little gift bag. How should you respond? Here’s how French steeplechase winner Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad reacted.
Jonathan Turley says that this is not the first time he has shown such churlish behavior.
A teacher of mine back in the day said that it was incorrect to say that sports built character. What sports did was reveal a person’s character. It is how one reacts in the heat of the moment to unexpected situations, such as often occur in sports, that reveal what one is really like.
And what we learn about Mekhissi-Benabbad is that he is a world-class jerk.