With all the talk about the upcoming Olympics, I thought I share something I saw on the news here last evening.
French runner Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad won the gold medal in the 3000-meter steeplechase race during the European Championship last weekend. It seems that he celebrates in an unusual manner. He likes to abuse mascots. He walked directly over to and then shoved the mascot at the event, which turned out to be a 14-year-old girl. Fortunately, she wasn't hurt. However, this is not the first time this has happened. After winning the same event in Barcelona in 2010, he told a mascot to kneel in front of him and then pushed him to the ground. He also got in a fight with his teammate at the finish line then.
When I first heard it I thought it would be an overblown, inadvertent bumping or the like. Yet, he went out of his way to attack this mascot. I just found this so bizarre I had to share it to see if anyone has further input as why he'd do it.