Olympic fencer's phone drops out of his pocket (yes, during a bout)

Technically Incorrect: Enzo Lefort has some explaining to do. Oh, wait. He wasn't on Facebook Live, was he?

Chris Matyszczyk
2 min read

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

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And then it fell out.

NBC; Twitter screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

You're at the Olympics.

Someone is flying at you, trying to stab you.

You can handle it, because you're an expert swordsman. And you know that the man who's trying to stab you is Peter Joppich, a German fencer.

He wants to hurt only your national pride.

You're Enzo Lefort. You're French. You have, therefore, lots of national pride.

But then, as NBC's glorious Olympics footage shows, Joppich gets a bit aggressive.

He chases Lefort off the piste, or whatever they call it.

That's the moment French pride takes a hit. For Lefort's phone falls out of his back pocket.

It lies on the ground, as if he's been caught giving his lover a hickey at his parents' house.

The judges then ask him to hand them the phone. Would they go through his pictures? His call records?

This incites several thoughts.

One: Please don't tell me he was playing Pokemon Go.

Two: Oh, don't tell me he was broadcasting on Facebook Live from the inside of his pocket. The extrapolations are upsetting.

Three: Was he expecting an urgent call? If so, from whom? Would he have stopped fencing if the phone had rung?

I can reveal, though, that this isn't the first time Lefort has been careless with his phone. In 2013, he lost it and had to post an alternative number on Twitter. Really.

For now, we have no further idea of why his phone was with him at the moment of maximum impact.

We do know, however, that he was leading 4-2 when the phone fell out. He lost 15-13.