I’d call them athletes but they’re acting like entitled pussies.
The latest is this assclown who blames doping by Russia for his loss.
At first you’d think he may have some grounds. After all, China and Russia cheated like motherfuckers to win other Olympics.
Then you dig down and find out he’s been sucking at swimming for a couple of years yet fully intended to rest on his laurels to win in 2021.
After taking silver in the men’s 200-meter backstroke behind Evgeny Rylov of the Russian Olympic Committee on Friday morning, Murphy vented his frustrations in the mixed zone.
“I’ve got about 15 thoughts. Thirteen of them would get me into a lot of trouble,” he said before adding: “It is a huge mental drain on me to go throughout the year that I’m swimming in a race that’s probably not clean.”
The Russian Olympic Committee counter-punched on Twitter.
“How unnerving our victories are for some of our colleagues,” ROC wrote in Russian on its official account. “Yes, we are here at the Olympics. Absolutely right. Whether someone likes it or not.”
“The old barrel organ started the song about Russian doping again,” it continued. “English-language propaganda, oozing verbal sweat in the Tokyo heat. Through the mouths of athletes offended by defeats. We will not console you. Forgive those who are weaker. God is their judge. And for us—an assistant.”
Three days earlier in Tokyo, Murphy finished third in the 100-meter backstroke behind Rylov and countryman Kliment Kolesnikov. The latter swimmer appeared to mock the American during the post-race press conference when asked a question in Russian about ending Team USA’s 20-year gold medal streak.
Both Russian athletes compete under the banner of the Russian Olympic Committee because Russia itself is banned as part of sanctions related to its state-sponsored doping scheme at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Murphy won three gold medals in Rio in the men’s backstroke events and the 4×100-meter mixed medley relay. He set world records in the final of the 200 backstroke and in the 100 on the leadoff leg of the men’s relay.
Murphy hasn’t been able to match his dominant 2016 Olympic performance at major international meets since and admitted to struggling during the 2019 season. Still, he appeared to be rounding into form at U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in June and came to Tokyo as a gold medal favorite.
Once his individual Olympic finals ended in bronze and silver, he reached a breaking point.
“I don’t have the bandwidth to train for the Olympics at a very high level and try to lobby the people who are making the decisions that they’re making the wrong decisions,” he said. “It frustrates me, but I have to swim the field that’s next to me.”
Murphy did not refer to any potential dopers by name or country in his comments. Later, he clarified that it was a conversation with newly appointed FINA Executive Director Brent Nowicki at Trials that made him question the integrity of international swimming.
Murphy says that Nowicki asked him how he thought the sport of swimming could move forward. Murphy replied that the sport needs greater transparency around the organization’s finances and doping policies. According to Murphy, Nowicki then told him, “We are working on it, but it’s going be hard and it’s going to take a long time to clear this sport of doping.”
“When you hear that from the top, that’s tough to hear,” said Murphy on Friday.
In an emailed statement, a spokesperson for FINA said that “FINA worked closely with the International Testing Agency (ITA) to ensure that its out-of-competition testing for Tokyo 2020 has been in line with that for Rio 2016, despite the restrictions caused by the pandemic. And, of course, the aquatics athletes in Tokyo, including all medal winners, are regularly tested.”
The FINA spokesperson also said that the organization was “committed to doing more” to strengthen its anti-doping protocols. A person familiar with the organization said that Nowicki had planned to speak with Murphy about several topics, including doping, once competition wraps up in Tokyo on August 1.
The World Anti-Doping Agency didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Russian Anti-Doping Agency RUSADA said that Rylov was tested three times in 2021.
“As part of the pre-Olympic training, he was prepared and clean,” said Mikhail Bukhanov, RUSADA’s director. “I would like to draw your attention to the fact that our responsibility ends at the moment of completion of the sampling, the athlete’s responsibility for everything that enters his body begins.”