American Becky Hammon Called ‘Traitor’ for Representing Russia at the Olympics
Posted Jun 15th 2008 9:55AM by Michael David Smith
Filed under: Women’s Sports, USA
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Becky Hammon is an American who plays for the WNBA’s San Antonio Silver Stars. She’s also going to play in the Olympics in Beijing — but not for Team USA.
Instead, Hammon will play for Russia’s Olympic basketball team. Hammon has no Russian ancestry, but she has played professionally in Russia, and she became a Russian citizen to aid her basketball career. In the eyes of the International Olympic Committee, that’s good enough for her to play for Russia.
That doesn’t sit well with some in this country. During a CNN interview, Team USA women’s basketball coach Anne Donovan referred to Hammon as a “traitor.” Similar sentiments were expressed today on ESPN’s Outside the Lines.
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It’s not like the Olympics means anything.
Except maybe to keep the illusion of ‘country’ going.
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