What the Billy Donovan Story Says About America

Rip SummersbyCorrespondent IJune 8, 2007

You've always got to look out for Number One.
At the beginning of the week, I called Billy Donovan a Chicken for backing out his contract with the Orlando Magic. I caught some flak for that sentiment—mostly from Kool-Aid drinking Gator Nationals who would follow Donovan to Cuba, after everything the coach has done for the Florida program.
I've since had time to rethink my position, and it occurs to me that maybe Billy Donovan wasn't scared when he beat it out of Orlando. Maybe—as some of his supporters suggested—he was just doing what he had to do.
Like I said, you've always got to look out for Number One.
Americans have a unique knack for turning self-interest into virtue. Coaching the Magic would have jeopardized Billy Donovan's happiness...and so Billy Donovan made the "right" decision by reneging on the deal.
Forget the commitment he made to Orlando, forget the runaround he gave to Florida—he was just looking out for Billy Donovan.
And far be it from me to question that kind of true-blue patriotism.