Heavily favored to win gold in the men’s 100 meter swim in the Rio Olympics, heartthrob Ning Zetao still makes headlines as news sites use the words, “prematurely out” to describe him.
– He failed to advance beyond the semi-finals
– He has been met with a storm of criticism and support online
A large portion of emotional attachment to Ning Zetao comes from his good looks but controversial behavior
– His buff body has won him many new fans
– The athlete was embroiled in several sponsorship scandals and was late for practice prior to the Olympics
Cnetz weigh in below:
[+17] We can’t blame Ning Zetao for not winning his race, but it’s his couldn’t care less attitude after the race that really disappoints. Don’t say that’s a bitter smile, we’re not blind. Anyone can see it for what it is. Athletes don’t have to blame themselves when they lose, but what kind of athlete are you if you’re not abashed at not fully performing up to your potential. Even amateurs get pissed when they lose.
[+17] Actually, the people condemning him aren’t doing so because of his results, but because of his improper attitude during interviews. It gave people a feeling that he didn’t care. It’s like you going home with a big smile on your face when you don’t do well on your tests, your parents will definitely beat the hell out of you
[+9] I can only say that Ning Zetao is suited to be a celebrity. I really don’t know what so many brainless fans are thinking of. We can understand if someone loses, but something is seriously wrong with his attitude. A lot of Chinese athletes have unexpectedly lost, has the country condemned them? Please understand the crux of the problem before you defend your idol. It’s not scary to lose, it’s scary when someone can’t afford to lose. If all athletes are like him, then I feel there’s no point in China participating in international competitions. We’re throwing our own face away. …
[+5] Open your eyes, all the sponsors are capitalists and capitalists are selfish. Ning’s Yili Group CF has already been withdrawn. This person’s an idiot, athletes are all about results. Your face is for women to fantasize about and you’re worthless if you have bad results
[+3] So many people are saying that their taxes have been used to raise him and that the country has raised him, so they condemn him for not getting the gold this time. I want to ask if you guys can really not see that he’s gotten the gold before? It’s always something he should do when he wins, but he should die just because he’s lost once? Every lofty god is there because you guys put them up there, but that position won’t always be occupied by one person. When they vacate their altar and you’re busy celebrating the arrival of a new god, can you not leave them a small way out? Why is it that you guys are the saddest when he’s lost the race, and not the athletes who have spent years training?