Laurie Hernandez of the USA Gymnast team won silver after protesting the score of her balance beam… The catch – that challenge cost her $300. Yeah, you have to literally hand the judges $300 to challenge their score.
Coaches, gymnasts or other country officials must make a verbal challenge, known as an inquiry, between the posting of the score and the end of the next gymnast’s routine. They must supply a written version of the protest within four minutes of making the verbal protest. They must pay a fee, which can be anywhere from $100 up to $300 in cash, depending on the event. If the challenge is correct you get the cash back, if it’s wrong the money is kept for charity.
This is a joke, right? It’s not like they even try to hide the corruption of this process. It’s literally out in the open for everyone to see.
If I was a judge I would incorrectly score constantly and leave with a fat cash of bills to hit up Red Lobster or BD’s Mongolian Grill. Maybe I give a little to charity, maybe I just conveniently forget. Can you image Bill Belichick handing a ref $300 for a review? Ha, that dude would murder a ref before doing such a thing. LEAVE NO DOUBT!