In America, nonperformance on a contract usually involves a failure to deliver goods or a failure to pay. In Mexico, apparently contract law covers a failure of courage. The ABA Journal reports:
Gored by a bull in a previous match several months ago, Mexican bullfighter Christian Hernandez lost his nerve and bolted from the ring ahead of a charging bull on Sunday, dropping his cape along the way…
But his escape from the charging animal left him vulnerable to legal action.
After his inglorious exit from the ring, Hernandez was arrested for breach of contract, jailed, and ordered to pay a fine.
And yes, there’s video…
One could argue that what you are about to see is simply a man coming to the realization that he has made terrible life choices — and course correcting as quickly as possible:
Let’s say that the American equivalent of bullfighting is something like NASCAR. Would it be a breach of contract if a prick like Jeff Gordon suddenly lost his nerve and started driving the speed limit at Daytona? What if he just parked his car on the track and they had to go to caution until they could get him back in the pits? In America, we don’t have a contractual requirement that our sporting men be courageous, do we?
It’s not like Hernandez threw the match. He became terrified of a charging bull, as they explain on NBC:
“There are some things you must be aware of about yourself,” the 22-year-old Mexican matador said in a television interview. “I didn’t have the ability, I didn’t have the balls, this is not my thing.”…
He later said he would retire from bullfighting.
The man said it: “I didn’t have the balls.” What more do you want? There are some things you can’t contract for; surely “balls” are in that category.