The pair of Australian Olympic swimmers who posed with guns at a California shooting range and posted the photo to Facebook last week will be forced to leave the Olympics after the swimming competition ends and will be banned from using social media— such as Facebook and Twitter— for a month-long period as part of the punishment for posting the controversial picture.
Nick D'Arcy and Kenrick Monk will be forced to leave London on the second Sunday of the Olympic Games when the swimming portion is completed and — starting July 16— not be allowed to tweet or comment on ant social media for one month.
I wonder if the duo's ban from the Olympics coincides with the men's and women's pistol and rifle events?
The swimmers took the punishment like men and told reporters that they will institute a self-imposed social media ban on themselves before the required date, according to Yahoo! Sports.
"At this stage it would just serve as a distraction," said Darcy of the personal ban. "It's really important in these last seven weeks to be really focused on training and focused on what I'm doing in the pool because at the end of the day I'm going to be coming up against some of the greatest swimmers in the world especially Michael Phelps."
D'Arcy has had issues in the past and the uproar this photo caused last week forced the Australian Olympic Committee to quickly remove it from Facebook— even though what they did is totally legal.
D'Arcy and Monk went public on television with an explanation. Monk said they went to the gun range to duplicate a similar trip the Australian swim team made in 2007. Photos of gold medalist Libby Trickett firing an antique pistol during the team-sanctioned trip have been making the rounds and have led to accusations of hypocrisy.
Now it's turned into a case of gun control and creating a public relations headache for the AOC who are afraid the two swimmers could embarrass the country on a worldwide stage when— in reality— it's a goofy mistake by two young men whose only "crime" was posting it on Facebook.
I wonder what measures the AOC will take to make sure the two swimmers don't smuggle any firearms into the Olympic pool. Is that a gun in your Speedo or are you just happy to be here?