|Olympian Sun detained for seven days and fined after messy Porsche ride
Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang, who drove a Porsche Cayenne which was rear-ended by a bus in Hangzhou, will be detained for seven days. Police said he was driving without license. Sun was also fined, Hangzhou police said today.
Sun, 21, was not hurt in the accident in which his luxury Porsche SUV was rear-ended by a bus on Sunday afternoon in Hangzhou, Xinhua said.
Earlier, the Olympic swimming champion apologized for driving without a license. He said the car was borrowed from a relative.
Sun, a huge star in China after winning the 400m and 1,500m freestyle gold at London 2012, admitted the offense in a post on his verified account on Sina Weibo.
But internet users reacted angrily.
“The incident has caused enormous impact on society and the public,'' said Sun's post. “I'm deeply sorry and will reflect profoundly on it.''
The 21-year-old added that the “mistake'' was due to his “meager knowledge of the law'' because he had been “busy with training.’’
His apology provoked a furious response, with Chinese internet users blasting his behavior as endangering others' lives, and him for trying to underplay its seriousness.
“As a public figure, how dare he to beg for forgiveness after making such a wilful mistake by treating other people's lives as a joke?'' wrote one Sina Weibo user.
Other users pointed out that it was “common sense'' that driving without a license was illegal.
“Did you only get a diploma from a kindergarten? Even primary school students know that you need to have a license to drive a car,'' said a poster with the username Expired Yogurt.