Hungarian swimmer David Verraszto reached the top of the podium in Berlin last week at the European Championships, but the gold medal might not mean as much to him as you’d think.
According to the French AFP news, Verraszto told a Hungarian reporter after the race that he was happy to have won, but that “in Hungary, a European title isn’t worth s***.” That profanity, and the critical comment itself, has gotten Verraszto in a bit of trouble with his home swimming federation, AFP reports.
The Hungarian federation was not amused, and released a statement on Monday.
“For sure we won’t be employing him as a spokesman in the near future,” said MUSZ (the Hungarian Swimming Federation) head Tamas Gyarfas in the statement.
Verraszto won the 400 IM at the European Championships last week. He’s already back in action, taking second in the event at the Doha World Cup meet in Qatar earlier today, and one can only speculate as to whether the $1,000 paycheck that came with that silver medal means more to Verraszto than his European Championships gold.