Last Wednesday, I announced that Luis Yanez is back on the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team, despite having violated team rules and having been temporarily removed from the team.
As I noted, Yanez will probably make the U.S. proud in Beijing, but it is disappointing that he has not complied with the Boxing Team's rules.
Over the past six days, I conducted a poll on this site, asking whether Yanez should be back on the team or not. The results are in, and they are as follows:
Approximately two-thirds of respondents said Yanez should not be allowed to compete in the Olympics because he violated team rules. The other one-third said he should be allowed despite the violation.
This is not a scientific survey, of course, and the sample size is not large enough to predict what the nation as a whole thinks. Clearly, though, we U.S. Olympic fans want our stars to play by the rules.
Yanez will fight in Beijing along our other U.S. boxers, and I hope he brings home the gold. But hats off to the rest of the team who -- whether they win medals or not -- have towed the line for Team USA.