Fidel being Fidel: ex-dictator defends judge-kicking Cuban Olympian
Fidel Castro's 82-year old body may be failing him. But, dios mio, his famed obstinance has never been healthier.
You'd think it might be hard to defend a taekwondo athlete who used his potentially lethal skills to attack a sporting judge. But, oh my Capitalist swine, you know little about Cuba's mean grand-dad- the same guy who stared down a gaggle of American presidents and chuckled away a decade's worth of CIA assasination attempts. The last thing Castro is afraid of is humiliating himself. And apparently, the phrase "picking your battles" doesn't have a Cuban Spanish translation.
Yesterday, Castro penned an essay in which he defended Angel Matos, the Cuban fighter who kicked a judge square in the face after being disqualified from a bronze-medal taekwondo match.
Matos was reacting justly to Olympic corruption, Castro wrote, backing up the fighter's coach's claim that he had been offered a bribe to throw the match. His rant really gained some steam around that point, as he rattled of "European chauvinism, judge corruption, buying of brawn and brains..." before taking a cat nap, drinking a mug of herbal tea, re-dipping his quill in an ink well, and resuming with the declaration "I do not have to remain silent in the face of a mafia!"
At this point, he's almost adorable.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Miami, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.