Yes, Bradley did what baseball, football, track, soccer, rugby and other athletes do during a competition. As if they didn’t have to remember to refrain from unsportsmanlike conduct, one has to remember to not spit in public too. It is understood you wouldn’t want a basketball player or bowler spitting on the floor and causing someone to slip. But shouldn’t more grace be given to the athlete who plays out in the heat under extreme weather conditions? Will we then ridicule an athlete for not stopping to wash his hands if he sneezes?
Regardless if Bradley does it again, which may draw more people to watch him just to see if he does, we can appreciate his tweet on Twitter which said, “Id like to apologize for my spitting. It’s like a reflex, I don’t even know I’m doing it, but it’s a longtime habit I’ve got to try to conquer.” It’s a crazy reason for crisis communication, but we give him and his team an A for effort and the content in the response.
What do you think? Should an athlete have to apologize for spitting at no one during a game?