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I usually keep my opinions to myself since I run an Internet talk radio station and don’t want to favor one side against the other. However, since the Swim Team decided to act like fools and idiots, my personal opinionated side won over my more discreet radio side.

It has happened once again. “The Arrogant America” got the better of four of our gold medal swimmers and they acted like spoiled, temperamental and arrogant Americans. We seem to thrive in a culture and environment of “We can do anything we want as long as we don’t get caught.”

I’m not surprised. Let’s review some of the well-known phrases that our kids are brought up with.

Phrases

  1.  Win at any cost!
  2.  Do whatever it takes as long as you don’t get caught!
  3.  If you cheat, cover your tracks.
  4. Make sure you have a scapegoat so if things go wrong, you can blame them.

It seems like our culture will do whatever it takes to make sure it’s not our fault — we play fairly — it’s the other guy who’s at fault.

Seriously?

Interpersonal Skills

Why should our athletes practice we is preached to them?

What interpersonal skills should our athletes use when they go abroad?

Interpersonal Skills are:

  • Verbal communication.
  • Non-verbal communication.
  • Listening skills.
  • Negotiation.
  • Problem-solving.
  • Decision-making.
  • Assertiveness.
  • Which one of these skill didn’t they use?
  • Communication? NO, they told a good story about the Rio thugs.
  • Non communication skills? The phrase, “action speaks louder than words” certainly showed us in those video clips who really were the victims.
  • Listening skills, they really didn’t seem to be listening too well when a local man with rudimentary English tried to explain to them they had broken the Brazilian law by destroying public property and had to pay for it.  Seriously, in the States, the police would’ve shot them by now and claimed self-defense.
  • Negotiation? The young men didn’t even try to ask what was going on. They didn’t call the police. No, they weren’t going to risk their reputations.
  • Problem-solving? These athletes didn’t solve their problem. They just compounded. Little white lies that wouldn’t have them gotten caught in America because their parents or lawyers would have seen to that.
  • Decision making. Yup, they all made that self-conscious decision not to tell the whole truth, nothing but the truth so help me God. Yeah, I think they forgot about that oath. The one you take as a witness in court right before you provide testimony to the court.
  • The only interpersonal skill they all possessed was assertiveness. They all asserted this is what took place even though their stories differed a bit. They knowingly went along with a fabricated story with their version of the truth. Which in reality under scrutiny seemed to have come apart at the seams.
  • Best Part for Last

  • I saved the best part for last. Let’s see, the oldest swimmer there was 32 years old which makes him a Millennial. As for the others they range from the 20’s down to their upper teens. Okay, I’ll cut the ones under 21 some slack. But for the rest, listen up. This statement from an onlooker: “They’re kids. Everyone should forgive them. They did a stupid thing and got caught. Let’s just give them their due and forget it. They won’t do it again!”
  • Wanna bet? Where do you think the term “Arrogant American” came from? Americans have had their run-ins with the law overseas for generations.
  • And the problem is, we did forgive them and forget all about it.
  • But, really, folks, don’t you think it’s time for us to step up to the plate and do something about this? When my kid went to Asia with the International Youth Study Groups, one of the things his ‘family’ told him that he wasn’t a typical American youth. They enjoyed having him stay with them. He would be welcome back any time.
  • Chew on that. That was 30 odd years ago. This family and others still keep in touch with him.
  • We as a country should teach our athletes and scholars before they go overseas that not only are they representing our country, but they are representing what is suppose to be the best of our country?
  • So far, the jury is still out. All I know is that our Olympics was ruined because 4 young men made up a story and stuck to it until they were caught in the act.
  • I don’t know about the rest of you, but I”m still cringing inside and wondering if they will repeat this offensive performance again or have they learned anything at all from it.
  • Only time will tell!

About Lillian Cauldwell

Own and operate an Internet Talk Radio Network for 10 years, 2005 to Present Published Author of Non-Fiction Book, 1996, "Teenagers! A Bewildered Parent's Guide. Published Author of several fiction books, 2006 "Sacred Honor" and 20010 "The Anna Mae Mysteries: The Golden Treasure." Playwright of Theater of the Absurd and Black Comedies. Screenwriter, Black Comedies