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China's Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang will be detained for seven days after local police found him driving without license in a car accident.
Sun was also fined for an undisclosed sum.
He has apologized on his weibo, saying it was a mistake and he was distracted by his busy training schedule and didn't know it was illegal.
A commentary says on xinhuanet.com:
His apology is not at all convincing. He doesn't even need to know the law to know you need a license to drive. It's just common sense. It's a matter of safety, not only to himself but to other people. He should rethink what he has done rather than making up excuses.
Summer-L thinks the opposite on weibo:
There is no need for him to make a public apology. So many people drive recklessly, he was caught in the spotlight just because he's famous. I think he should be treated
like other people who violate traffic rules: he should get a license and pay for whatever fines he's supposed to pay.
Diao Zhichao comments on opinion.hexun.com:
China has made getting Olympic medals way too high a priority. Too much money and energy has been spent fostering medalists, and really overlooked whether these athletes are good role models. As a good sportsman, you should first be a good man.
A commentary notes on jd37.com:
It's obvious that Sun Yang knew perfectly well he was driving without license, and it was wrong. But he thought he was above the law since he's a well-know figure.
Sheng Jing Guanjie says on blog.sina.com:
We have seen frequent reports of stars or their relatives breaking the law. But whenever it happens, they only get punished when there's strong public opposition or an avalanche of media exposure. However famous they might be, they still should be punished according to the law along with everyone else.
Another commentary says on cqnews.net:
He needs to figure out how to be a public figure. Whether he likes it or not, he's a role model, and with that comes responsibilities. He can't just do whatever he wants. People admire him and might imitate his behavior.
Thanks, Zeng Liang.
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