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Dr. The Hon. Usain St. Leo Bolt O.D. O.J. ?

The Mona campus of the University of the West Indies has announced that it will honour world record holder, Usain Bolt, with an honorary doctorate in Laws. In a press release, the University cited Mr. Bolt’s “athletic prowess” and “contribution to regional advancement” as the reasons for the award. Perhaps predictably, members of the academic community, particularly students of Law, have condemned the move as outrageous and ill advised.

But what is an honorary degree? And what is it’s use, if any?

According to The Oxford University Press, an honorary degree, or a degree honoris causa (for the sake of the honour), is an academic degree granted by a university, after the institution has waived the normal requirements for the award of such a degree (registration, residence, examinations etc). This degree is normally granted in recognition of an individual’s contribution to a specific discipline or the society in general. The university usually derives benefits from it’s association with the individual in question. Keep the preceding sentence in mind as you read the rest of this post.

The Oxford University Press opines that once the degree is granted in accordance with the terms of the University’s charter, it technically has the same standing as a substantive degree in the same field. That is, a degree which was read for. The holder of the honorary degree is entitled to the same styles of address, honours and privileges as their substantive counterparts, unless the university explicitly states otherwise. Since the UWI, Mona has not denied Mr. Bolt the style of address or privilege, we can safely assume that Mr. Bolt is to be styled Dr. The Honourable Usain St. Leo Bolt O.D. O.J.

Nothing sounds more ridiculous. Nothing.

I do not “bad mind” Usain; nor am I a “hater”. My objection to him being granted this honour is purely on my firm conviction that he does not deserve it. If we are to trace those who have been granted honorary degrees in the past by the UWI, we encounter names such as Michael Lee Chin and John Maxwell. These are individuals who have truly made indelible marks in their fields. Usain ran a race and won. It cannot be understood to be the equivalent of years of hard work and sacrifice. It simply cannot.

What is further distressing is that on his own academic merit, it is highly unlikely that Mr. Bolt would qualify for such a degree. Considering Bolt’s youth and arguable recklessness, (see his partying antics and speeding on the highways of Jamaica), are all these titles and honours wise? I don’t think so. Bolt has done very little to earn himself a place with those who truly have made strides in regional advancement and development. As a people, indeed as a region, our priorities are flawed. In an attempt to attract tourists, we have steadily elevated athletes far beyond their competence. The ability to run is a natural talent, the region benefits very little from Usain’s talent. Has our government used him as an ambassador for the development of sport? Has he contributed to the maintenance of sporting infrastructure in Jamaica? Or has he signed multi million dollar contracts that benefit himself? Someone needs to explain the regional cause he has advanced. I am not readily recalling any.

I’ve also considered the argument which suggests that we ought to honour him before our international counterparts do.

“Mek wi honour our own before di farrinaz”

I find this seriously wanting. It is not enough to suggest that because he attracts international attention we must honour him. We must see how this international attention actively and positively advances the region’s interests. He needs to earn the honours and titles. Otherwise, we risk opening the door for serious consideration of Bob Marley becoming a national hero. We may as well award Portia Simpson Miller a doctorate of laws for being one of the few women in the region to be Head of Government. Do you see where I’m going with this? We risk belittling the honour of the honour. It must be earned on merit, not on hype and euphoria.

Let us consider the Doctorate of Laws itself. Considering that Mr. Bolt will be accorded the same styles and privileges as a “real” Doctor of Laws, we must be concerned. This is a degree held by noted and respected legal minds such as Dr. Lloyd G. Barnett. It is not a degree that is a walk in the park. It’s a big deal. The Bachelors of Laws at UWI, Mona costs some $USD 10,000. That’s some $JMD 800,000. It requires a candidate to apply his or herself and persevere to the very end. In other words, they have to work for it, and work very hard. It cannot be easy to think someone who will never know the stress and strain in studying for a Law degree gets the very highest academic privilege and honour in legal studies.

My problem rests in merit. Does he deserve it on merit? Did he work hard enough? Did he contribute enough? Did he prove himself enough? Did he show himself worthy? Seriously, did he? I am not even comfortable with him having the Order of Jamaica. Do some research on the other recipients of that national award and perhaps you’ll see why. He distinguished himself, that is undeniable and therefore I believe the Order of Distinction is fitting, but that is as far as I am prepared to go.

Finally, we must interrogate UWI Mona’s motives for awarding him the degree. “Yuh neva see smoke widout fire”. It is my considered opinion that this is purely a marketing strategy. The university will benefit by it’s association with Dr. Bolt (BUH!) – the fancy blue track at the UWI Bowl? Endorsed by Mr. Bolt. Whether it is to attract sponsorship for the cash strapped institution, or attract international students who might want to study at an institution that has awarded the world’s fastest man, the university will benefit. The undeniable truth is that he is very marketable, he can attract large sums of money, money the UWI needs desperately. That’s only an opinion of course. It has no base in fact.

I don’t believe Mr. Bolt should be awarded a degree in Law. He has not, in my opinion, done enough to earn the honour or title. I’m sure those who have tagged me as a “hater” are now anxiously awaiting their chance to bash me. The mic is now open, go ahead. Dr. The Hon. Usain St. Leo Bolt O.D. O.J. does not deserve it.


45 responses

  1. I agree…he doesnt deserve all of this! Wat happens to if he ever loses his races then?

    July 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm

  2. RyanMatteo

    When i first heard about it i SWORE they meant leg length discrepancy (LLD) and that he needed a doctor and possibly a lawyer for whatever reasons…till i saw it in the Gleaner.
    Did he even pass his CAPE subjects, the man cant even speak proper English and they’re gonna honor him along side ppl who have been working their asses off to get where they are now ?? To me that’s a height of disrespect towards Israel and Earl…is very sad and disappointing that they’re gonna lower the prestige of that title ….its clearly for marketing and recognition purposes, and its sad that we’ve have reached to this point , having to lower our standards to get some extra cash in our pockets ….#poor (yes pun intended)

    July 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    • I didn’t even know there was something called leg length discrepancy. As you said, we’ve lowered standards to earn cash. UWI, Mona has been doing a whole lot of that lately.

      July 7, 2011 at 8:51 pm

  3. Fuju

    Well Done Ricky…. I agree with u 110%

    July 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm

  4. Neller

    Well if you’re a hater im a big big hater also and i dont think he deserves it, what about something about sports, how ironic it is Asafa altho he’s known as a choker was the 1 who made bolt know that a j’can could have a 100M record title has only received a LIME contract and i think milo or 1 of them beverage contracts and lets not forget the big debate that was created over renaming Charliemont High(asafa’s former high school) Asafa Powel High. Yes he’s the 100 and 200M record holder but getting LL.D???? Hasn’t he received enough already and from what i know about Bolt if it was up to me not even a bag juice would be named in his honour, since his explode on the track scene we have seen him at more parties than before and what about his name being dragged all over by females claiming to his baby mother or 1 night stand. Oh come on man is it that they need me to walk naked go up by UWI and demonstrate that he doesn’t deserve it…..HIM DOH DESERVE IT NONE TALL, why you doh see any other athlete behaving like him hmmmmmm because we allow him to behave suh a bet if we strip him of his OD title if he would behave like that, did he even do what Michael Lee Chin did? Yes people gonna say “oh could you do what he’s doing” but luck is what made him reach where he is, Michael Lee Chin had to work his ass off, how much time we go parties and see Bolt hanging out and dancing with some chick. If Bolt getting that LL.D i think Asafa, Shelly-Ann and VCB deserve 1 also cause they behave much better than him and are much better ambassadors of Jamaica. Then again give me, i gwaan take up tracks and try break a world record and parade half naked inna me short clothes weh me love and i hope UWI give me 1 too or else me and dem.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm

  5. hasn’t he got enough, Ambassador, a road, Order of Jamaica, they giving him a school too? this is just turning him into a Jamaican version of “16 and Pregnant” the intellectuals will understand my reasoning

    July 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm

  6. This soun like favortism… Just becuz him win couple race him get dat privelege? Him is an athlete… weh d hell him a guh do wid dat degree and I doubt if him have a clue bout law.What a ting the world a cum 2.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm

  7. Mikhail Foster

    I must say that in all of my life, this is indeed the first time I have ever been embarrassed to be a student of THE UWI Mona. Giving Bolt such an honor is indeed an act of stupidity beyond normal proportions to say the least. Now for all of the “Bolt obsessors” out there reading this, I urge you to take a step back for a second from your seeming natural defensiveness for the guy and consider what he is truly being bestowed with unjustly. A doctorate in any field for a vast majority of individuals who are undoubtedly far far more intellectual that Mr. Bolt is often a seemingly unsurmountable or truly hard fought achievement as the sheer time dedication and mental strain that it takes truly is a test of the old ‘grey matter’ that a person possesses and so as my lecturers often say, having a achieved a doctorate in the intellectual community is most definitely a means of “separating the boys from the men” in so much so that those who are often unable to reach the zenith of the doctorate often have to settle for a MPhil. Now seriously people, often times the completion of a doctorate can even take up to 5 years. 5 YEARS!!! Do you realize how much time and years of constant studying and researching at the highest level that is? And for somebody’s ability to run for less than 10 secs in a 100m and less than 19.30 secs in a 200m race to be equated to the time, dedication and intellectual development manifestation at the highest level of someone studying for up to 5 YEARS in a specialized area is truly preposterous to me. I take it one step further, I can bet my shiniest dollar that though Mr. Bolt is being honored with the highest academic legal honor, he is woefully unaware of more than just the mere idle street talk of the largest legal and political scandal to have occurred in Jamaica in modern times, that being the Manatt-Dudus fiasco. I can imagine that he had not even taken the time to even watch the Mannatt commission, and by that I mean more than just the couple seconds clips of Dorothy’s “I don’t recall” comment now turned societal comedy. It is truly just quite illogical to give him the honor no matter which way one looks at it from. This is truly a case of throwing pearls to swines if I have ever seen one. And interestingly enough, let us allow stupidity to reign for a second and toy with the thought that he possibly could have deserved an academic award of the highest degree, why in law though? Was not his contribution in sports?? So why not offer him the highest award in a sports related area? And even then he would not have deserved it because in truth the most Bolt knows is that if he puts one foot in front of the other faster and faster then he will cross the finish line before the others persons who were in the race with him. That is as far as his intelligence of sports goes. I’m sure if you are supposed to ask him to explain in depth the make up of the different muscles, ligaments, etc. necessary to propel him forward he would be as dumbfounded as a simple fisherman put before parliament and asked to give an in depth budget presentation to his fellow parliamentarians. So let rationale prevail once more. With all due respect, Mr. Bolt does not deserve such an honor in no shape or form. Honestly, if he had even been given an honorary “Bachelors” I would still be upset because even achieving that is no walk in the park and Mr. Bolt from my estimation is not even up to that mental standard of rigor necessary to complete such a degree. You Bolt obsessors can call me bad mind all you want but that does not take away from the truth of what has been said.

    July 7, 2011 at 8:04 pm

  8. Seth

    Hmmm.I’m going to join the haters club. I think that’s ridiculous…but unfortunately it saddens me to say that jamaica has become the land of wood and hype.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    • The land of wood and hype indeed Seth. We are so quick to get caught up in euphoria that we abandon reason.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:32 am

  9. Well i am not a fan of Usain nor am i trying to bash anyone. Let me make it clear, i do not agree with the fact that Usain will be honoured with the LL.D. If he was give another degree of honour, i dont think the comments would have varied.

    Yeah he doesnt deserve it but how many people can really do what he did. It takes hard work and training and time. Regardless of his rectless behaviour, he works hard and did our country porud. I know most of you who are making these comments about Mr. Bolt now were the same ones cheering during his record breaking moments and was so proud to be a Jamaican. I was!!!

    There will not be another Bolt for decades maybe, people like these take years upon years to be born and if any around now, may not even know their tallent.

    We are all given a talent and dont be hating now that you are not the one being honoured because your talent requires you to study to get to that level.

    The degree has its limitations and is in no was viewed in academia as would a LL.D. earned by someone who actually studied for it. So dont worry, bolt wont be practicing Law anytime soon.

    Hence, be nice and put forward your comments in a similar manner as the author did-well done and i agree with you in most cases.

    P.S. Bob Marley could be made a Hero. LOL

    July 7, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    • Thank you 🙂 I did indeed cheer on Usain when he shattered the world records. I stated that I think the Order of Distinction was enough. He distinguished himself in his field and therefore I thought that would be enough.

      The doctorate goes too far though.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:36 am

    • Mikhail Foster

      They did not state that it was not equated to the substantive LL.D and as such until they do so, it and the substantive LL.D are in all spheres quite equal. Do not consider who it is being given to as for your reason that it does not equate to it. Consider what the specific stipulations which were made about it which from all reports made so far, it is no different from one that was studied for. Hence, the reason why he clearly doesn’t deserve it. It is a true slap in the face to all who had had to study phenomenally for years just to have achieved what uwi seemingly throw whimsically into the lap of Mr. Bolt. Jamaica truly has gone to the dogs.

      July 8, 2011 at 7:55 am

  10. I am surprised at UWI. Utterly surprised at them. Do you know how HARD I’m working for my one little B.Sc. for them to just “award” Usain a degree to which he in my eyes doesn’t deserve?!? Him even know weh dat be?!? I’m shocked…shocked… O_O

    July 8, 2011 at 12:29 am

    • What should be entertaining is when he addresses the graduation ceremony.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:38 am

  11. It’s sad that he does basically nothing, well..apart from winning a couple races and making a couple records, which admittedly, aren’t necessary things just ANYONE could do. But, for him to be given such prestige and honour over it? I don’t think he deserves it either. Perhaps, as you said, if he had actually done sumn that would benefit some aspect of our society here in Jamaica or the wider region, then sure. But he has done nothing. Oh! My bad. Didn’t he open a restaurant? Hmmm. tsk. UWI? #FAIL

    July 8, 2011 at 11:44 am

  12. Jubel Hay

    Simply shows the writer doesnt understand what it takes to perform at the level which bolt does.. I did tracks all my life until i started tertiary eduction and dont you ever down play the work an athlete puts into their craft, the dedication of everyday vomiting and waking up in absolute pain 6 days a week is enough..Simply a pitty u just dont know

    Also Mr Bolt has done his fair share nation building, the recognition he has given Jamaica far outweighs what ever Michael lee chin could ever do for jamaica.

    July 9, 2011 at 1:20 am

    • And I conceded that for all that, he deserved the Order of Distinction. That would have been sufficient.

      July 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    • Clearly, you don’t know who Michael Lee Chin is. Because if you did, you wouldn’t have compared him to Usain Bolt.

      Usain Bolt has done nothing, in my opinion, to advance nation building. Recognition in no way or form equates to regional development. Michael Lee Chin has invested so much into the Caribbean (and Jamaica), eg. Subsidiary for CSEC Business students (NCB), re-shaping the cable television and telecommunication Industries (Flow) & jump starting the Financial Sector in Jamaica (NCB).

      So tell me what Usain Bolt has done now. Have young athletes benefited from anything he has done? Has he aided the transformation and development of Track and field in Jamaica? No. Everything he has done is solely beneficial to himself, and not Regional Development. So what if he had broken a few records and ran a few races?

      I would have prefer if he was awarded the honorary degree in some sports related fields eg Doctor of Sport Science (If that exists).

      And furthermore, in reality Usain Bolt can’t even matriculate into any university degree program in Jamaica or in the world. He’s probably the only Jamaican athlete that didn’t purse a degree. (He has like 4/5 CSEC subjects with mostly 3’s, not even CAPE.).

      July 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm

  13. D

    Why is it everyone is so against the award of the degree to Usain? quite frankly I dont see how it affects anyone if he gets the degree or not. its not as if he is gonna compete with anyone for a job or something. The truth is he would still get the job over anyone else with the degree whether or not he got the award in the case of a job application. Its like i have a days job and i say to u in the morning come work for me and i will give you 10 dollars. when 4pm comes i say to another person come work in my yard and i will give you 10 dollars. you have no right to be upset about it because its my money and we had an agreement. what i do with the rest of my money is my business, so you have an agreement with uwi to read for your degree go read for it or u will not be rewarded what they do with the rest is their business its their degree and you want it so you bargain with them. how hard is that.

    July 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    • I’m not sure what was the aim of your analogy. In any case, my point remains that Usain doesn’t deserve it. His exploits do not warrant such an award. My considered opinion.

      July 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm

  14. Mrs. Lucretia Upton

    But kiss my hallucinogeny! How dear they out-dibble-tibble with intellectual regality! I will have to ask Drapus to investigate this preposterous ignominy! This young mon certainly deserves merits but not an exaltation worthy of our most learned!

    August 4, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    • LOL! That’s exactly what I’m contending. He deserves note, but the Doctor of Laws is too much.

      August 13, 2011 at 11:08 am

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  16. im fina break me a record too then ! c what UWI can do for me lol

    November 5, 2011 at 11:34 am

    • We’ll all have to get our track shoes on it seems. Smh. lol

      November 5, 2011 at 11:40 am

  17. Platinum B

    I must be a hater too cause I agree he doesn’t deserve this. A word to Mitzican (mitzy-ann) the girl who had the nervous breakdown when they broke up(after Beijing). When you wanted you to study law or medicine you should have and not let him side track you, that’s when you showed him how week you were. where are u now?at least you could have said you worked for your degree

    November 5, 2011 at 12:43 pm

  18. Feng

    I may not be from jamaica so i intend not to disrespect any of you. Please answer me this how does this award of the degree to Usain affect any of you. you attempt to justify his receiving of the award by insulting his intelligence this just show’s me how shallow supposed learned and intelligent people are.

    to that mr lord corterelle or what ever your name is you are misinformed and clearly know nothing of the human anatomy running is a natural tallent yes but running performing at the levels that usain has is nothing short of hard work and perseverance the same way you attempt to flex the muscles of your obviously narrow mind he has to bust his hack legs and body to achieve what he has.

    I’m sure if you to even by a stretch of the imagination attempt to reproduce his efforts you would fail a thousand times nad for your information his feats have brought great gain not only to sport in Jamaica but to the caribbean as well he has set a new standard for world challengers to contend with. so while you sit in you arrogance and ignorance because you think you have your CAPE passes he is not worthy you strive in your field to emmulate what he has done if you so fucking bright study hard and maybe the same honour will be bestowed on you.

    I’m from trinidad and tobago by the way in case you were wondering.

    you all just some bitter shallow lazy academic in trini lingo chupid people.

    November 5, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    • It is unfortunate that you began your comments stating that you did not wish to disrespect anyone and then launched into one of the most disrespectful rants I have ever had posted to this blog. Anyhow, let me address the substantive matters you’ve raised. I will ignore the faulty grammar.

      You cannot defend Usain Bolt with blanket statements “his feats have brought great gain to sport in Jamaica” Such as? What great gain has Usain brought to Jamaica, let alone this region? I pray you explain that statement. What is further disheartening is the fact that you have missed the point of the post entirely. No one sought to detract from Usain’s athletic prowess, the arguments have simply been that it is not deserving of the highest academic honour in the legal profession.

      As students of Law, Lord Cotterell and others, have a right to voice their displeasure. The reality, uncomfortable though it is, is that Usain could not qualify for admission to the Faculty of Law at Mona; and that weighs heavily on how many people perceive him being awarded the degree. It is my considered opinion that awards and privileges should fit the “feat”. I do not think Usain’s achievements have earned him the L.L.D. The UWI, Mona has diminished the prestige of that degree in furtherance of it’s marketing and PR goals. Simple.

      November 5, 2011 at 6:03 pm

  19. Donavon Johnson

    I Stalwartly agree, such degredation of such an esteemed award and title should not be tolerated. This is like publishing a dictionary in honor of L.A Lewis. The degree now seems to have no weight, to intellectual relevance, no presence. Anyone now can be called “Dr.” He has done well as an athletic icon for the region and that is undeniable but the award shud befit the labor and in this situation, it is quite the contrary.

    November 6, 2011 at 12:35 am

  20. wordsfromwellie

    I couldn’t have said it better myself. I am in complete agreement with your post. You hit the nail right on the head. While I laud his achievements and I am happy for the great feats he has accomplished in the sporting world, I, too, do not believe he is deserving of this honour. I know first-hand how much hard work it takes to complete a bachelor’s degree and I didn’t even do Law so I can only begin to imagine how those who did must feel having worked their asses off and lost many a night’s sleep and gained many a grey hair. They are too eager to bestow him with honours. Yes, they should acknowledge his achievements but nuh just fling things pon him suh! All they are doing is feeding his hype. He should work for it… Let us see his contributions to society first. Let us see where he has influenced others to the degree where those who have really earned it have done. Very good post.

    November 6, 2011 at 10:25 am

  21. Alan Wiles

    I really can’t see why there is any disagreement with this post. It addresses all the points why I share this editor’s sentiments. A more befitting award would be a BSc. in Sport Science or something…. I can list a whole directory of individuals, UWI and UTech graduates, who have contributed more to the nation’s and region’s development than Bolt has. There was mention made of Asafa Powell in a comment above, UTech has taken a similar approach to Asafa and the entire MVP camp where they use the achievements of these athletes who use their facilities to promote their institution. So much so that UTech, the University of TECHNOLOGY! is now labeling themselves as “Home of World Class Athletes”. It is sad to see where our tertiary institutions are heading, belittling all the prestige that they have worked hard to establish to make money.

    November 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm

  22. sherabby

    I think the LLD is unnecessary and unwarranted, but we should not beat up on Bolt he didn’t ask for the rcognition.

    November 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm

  23. Dianne

    i agree,such an honor is far to great for Bolt, especially in his area of expertise (sports/track n field), but this is the world we live in today. I mean look at England who give Knighthoods to Elton John and Tom McCartney, I just don’t get it. I still love Usain though, i do believe he has put the light back on Jamaica for track n field… Last i can remember who did that was Merlene Ottey and that was some time ago. I know all around the world they cant wait to see what the Jamaicans are going to do at the Olympics ever since Usain hit the scene

    November 6, 2011 at 6:50 pm

  24. oshane

    When I first heard I was so pissed, and some people were really calling me “badmind” but I find it hard to believe that a man who doesn’t even know the value of that award actually got it. The situation is basically saying “screw school and go try to get famous.”

    November 6, 2011 at 7:16 pm

  25. I am also wanting 2 b’cme like bolt so for that wat shall i do

    November 6, 2011 at 7:41 pm

  26. Guest

    Mr Bolt has earned everything that he has worked for on the track but he has not yet earned the privilege to be awarded this honorary degree. I think he should respectfully decline the honor of this degree. He has done some good things in the world, he’s given to many charities and he is generous with his money but I think he should have more life experiences before he is granted this honor. I think he is a good ambassador for Jamaica and the sport of track and field. Once his youthful exuberance wares off and maturity sets in I think he will do things that will eventually make him a great candidate for this honor.

    November 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm

  27. ppl please give the man a break…you all acting like he asked for it or some other special favour ……..

    November 6, 2011 at 10:08 pm

  28. Odane Chamberlaine

    I empathizes with many of the prior comments as to the undeserving nature of this honorary award to Mr. Bolt, who in is own right dos not deserve such an award of this magnitude. Especially when graduate students belonging to such an institution as UWI work endlessly through many years of rigorous study, and yet some do not, at the end, attain this title which they have work so diligently hard to achieve … but yet Bolt is graced with such a title for his competence on the track and not in the classroom. However, before allowing our skepticism to run wild, I think it would be reasonable and “lawyer like” to await the evidence, as we are just a patient jury waiting to be convinced “beyond a reasonable doubt” before we render adjudication. This evidence being that, we do not know the merit and just how practical this honorary doctorate of law degree is, and whether UWI has issued a certain clause where the degree does not have the same benefits that one would have that is acquire by a note worthy individual. It this matter, it would be most wise to wait and hear exactly what UWI has to say about this “issue”, if it can be call as such. Yes Bolt has contributed significantly to the identity of Jamaica on a national stand point in terms of his uncanny athletic abilities, but this honorary award is a bit skeptical and far fetched in terms of its presentation to an individual who has not experience the atmosphere of a graduate law student. As a student at the university of Toronto, who one day will be going to law school and who has indulged in my share of athletics, I can assert from experience that intellectual work is much more intricate than athletic work, as many of you wold agree. I like Bolt, mi nuh bad mind him. Mi love fi see mi people dem succeed and achieve in life, but them haffi DESERVE what them work fah, and it is clear that Bolt has not work for such a degree; except the one on the track of course … the metal that is.

    Absolute bewilderment …. We demand an explanation from UWI in this matter!!

    November 7, 2011 at 2:38 am

  29. Nats

    Mr Editor i have read your article and fulling understand where you’re coming from(your point)

    I would then go further to say those commenting need to read the article keenly and understand very well what the editor is saying and that in no way he is saying Dr. The Honourable Usain St. Leo Bolt O.D. O.J. does not deserve an honour nor is he saying he doesnt work hard to achieve what he has, but the mere fact a LL.D was a bit too far.

    Dr. The Honourable Usain St. Leo Bolt O.D. O.J. yes he has achieved alot both for himself and for the Island of Jamaica and beyond that is for the sport, BUT i truly as many of these other ppl on here believe it was 10 extra steps too far to grant him such an honour…

    I love Dr. The Honourable Usain St. Leo Bolt O.D. O.J. and i know alot of us do and with this honour i do hope and pray we all continue to support him in what he has done and still doing… after all he didnt ask for such an honour it was bestowed upon him therefore there was no other choice but to accept. And that he has rightly done.

    November 7, 2011 at 7:40 am

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  32. Carol

    Sir Garfield Sobers was a “West Indian” cricketer who was Knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1975, a Barbadian representing the West Indies cricket team and was made a national hero by his country. Usain has never tested positive for illegal drugs, or used foul language or been disrespectful of any nation or person. He has maintained disciplined and difficult physical training for over 6 yrs (18-25 yo) just the same time frame college students take in academia to gain a law degree. The value of the disciplines are equivalent even although they are not exactly the same. The paychecks of an athlete benefits only himself just like the paycheck of a lawyer. However the publicity that a record-breaking athlete brings to his country and its economy is far more valuable in the short and long runs, than the best days of production a lawyer can achieve. Constant breaking of world records ‘without illegal or illicit behavior’ is deserving of highest honors, because it is exemplary on a worldwide platform . Maintaining these rigorous training and disciplines from ages 18-25 yo (just like academic training) is deserving of a Doctorate. The relevance of such a degree should reflect in some name of the Sporting field (not Laws) even if it is to be the first such degree (e.g.: Dr. of International Sports; or Dr. Athletic Sciences) some name that will help Usain to use his superior abilities and talents in advancing the interests of sports in and out of his country. He clearly has more to offer in ‘sports training’ than any ‘sports coach’ in history. He should also be given free university courses in book writing, public speaking, and any course he desires, to enhance his future public role as a Sports Ambassador. His philanthropy (financial donations) can come later. Michael Lee-Chin could not give back to his community in large wealth until decades after he started. Usain (US$6M) has only been doing this for relatively few years and only has a few million. He has not accumulated as much as Michael Lee-Chin (US$Billions) or even Michael Phelps (US$40M) who is obviously paid better than Usain for equivalent time and quality. The more economic wealth that Usain attracts to Jamaica indirectly through tourism, designer clothing trade, and more, is the better all Jamaicans lives will be. Don’t complain…celebrate!

    July 31, 2012 at 7:46 pm

  33. I did my own look up on the OJ. He was given the Order of Jamaica “The honour of the Order of Jamaica may be bestowed on any Jamaican national or any distinguished citizen of a foreign country other than Jamaica, who has demonstrated outstanding distinction in service to Jamaica.” Some people may think he don’t deserve it but he acquired it and earned it. Yes he is young but has certainly achieved it and Jamaica is proud of this. Secondly, CD means ‘Commander Order of Distinction’ for services to Jamaica. Again given by Jamaica as recognition and comes after’ Order of Jamaica’. Hence the OJ, CD. Don’t jealous him. Be happy for him because he deserves it, and it will bring much to Jamaica. God Bless.

    August 15, 2012 at 9:28 am

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