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Scotty Lago Racy Photo Controversy

Scotty Lago (Image from

I’m sure you’ve all heard that New Hampshire native Scott Lago, who earned the bronze medal in snowboarding at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, recently left the Olympics after racy photos of him at a party were posted on Did he deserve this fate?

Personally, I think the photo featuring a girl bending over to bite the bronze medal wrapped around his waist is a little suggestive, especially considering he pulled his shirt up to expose his bare stomach. I’m no prude by any stretch, but athletes, whether they are in the Olympics or not, have to live up to a certain standard. He did not, and now he’s home in New Hampshire.

He should, however, hang on to that medal. He earned it fair and square. His off-the-halfpipe actions were embarrassing and “shameful,” but in no way should it affect his performance on the course. Had he done something similar in the public eye (for example, on the medal podium), then I’d understand that.

What do you think?

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4 comments for “Scotty Lago Racy Photo Controversy”

  1. So what if he’s doing something like that? Nothing illegal went on. Nobody else was harmed. And if I had a girl that hot hanging onto me, I would’ve done much worse.

    To here the media say it, you would think nobody is ever allowed to have any fun at any time, even behind closed doors.

    Posted by John | February 21, 2010, 1:41 pm
  2. Somewhere in a controversy of this — or in any — lies a question, or so it would seem to me. That being, what exactly is the nature of the so-called crime, which in this case sent sent Scott Lago back home. Clearly it was the “appearance”on the part of the “perceiver” of what was happening. With that in mind, arguably the perceivers should have been asked to go home. As an old mentor of mine used to say, “a lie believed in is truth in effect.” That’s the “truth” that was in the head of those making this decision. Who knows what Lago was thinking. I don’t, do you?

    Posted by Lee Butler | February 21, 2010, 3:38 pm
  3. So what? He IS an athlete, but that makes him no defferent from any of us. What right do we have do kick him out!?

    Posted by mooses | February 22, 2010, 12:04 pm
  4. I think it’s ridiculous how the media and public in general come down on Scotty Lago and Tiger Woods for doing something questionable (if that) and wrong, respectively, but completely legal, while Donte Stallworth kills someone and the public – or the judge in that case – doesn’t seem to care a bit.

    Posted by Erikk | February 23, 2010, 6:54 am

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