“AIBA (world amateur boxing association) are cheats,” he said. “They’re all f—ing cheats, simple as that. I’ll never box for AIBA again. They’re cheating bastards. They’re paying everybody. I don’t give a f— that I’m cursing on TV. I was here to win Olympic gold. My dream’s been shattered now.”
Hey Hope Solo, eat your goddamn heart out! Now that's how you scorch some Earth after a heartbreaking loss. I couldn't tell you whether or not Michael Conlan got cheated and I certainly don't care enough about amateur boxing in the Olympics to put in the time to find out, but I'll be damned if I'm not taking his word for it. You casually call an entire country a "bunch of cowards" after their inferior soccer team beats you and you sound bitter, but you unload on the moral compass of the governing body of an international competition and I have no choice but to believe that you have a point. Personally I was convinced when I saw the picture of him flipping off the judges, but the interview in which he drops enough expletives to fit it in at an Irish pub during last call really drove the point home. I don't know how many "fucks" it takes to cross the threshold from sore loser to actual victim, but at some point during that interview this kid hurdled right over it. Clearly this kid got screwed, and even he didn't he sounded passionate enough to convince me otherwise. Especially since he's competing in a sport that has seen far too smoke surrounding potential payoffs to not accept that there's likely a fire nearby.