Mexico falls apart

The dream of representing their country in front of the largest PBR crowd ever unraveled into a nightmare for all four members of Team Mexico last week.

But no one would have expected the behavior displayed Sunday.

The complete collapse of Team Mexico was the one embarrassment in what was otherwise a successful international event.

First it was Luis Villarreal, who turned out of the final two rounds. Then, just a couple hours before the start of Round Five, it was announced Nile Lebaron would miss the final two rounds as well because of a concussion.

After bucking off his fifth-round bull, Rocky McDonald reportedly packed his gear and refused to attempt his sixth and final bull, leaving Francisco Morales as the lone representative of Mexico in Round Six.

It is unlikely that McDonald will be disciplined for his actions. It is also unlikely that the Built Ford Tough Series veteran will serve as team captain at the 2010 installment of the Cup event.

McDonald, who is traveling home today, has not returned messages, although several other riders and captains traveling on the same bus from Barretos back to Sao Paulo did.

When contacted Saturday morning, McDonald gave no assurances that he would ride on Sunday, saying only, "Come tomorrow I don't know what we're going to do. Tomorrow's a new day and we'll see how today goes first."

At the conclusion of Round Four, the only qualified score for Team Mexico was an 86.75-point effort from McDonald.

However, Sunday's mutiny came just a day after team members openly complained that McDonald wasn't fulfilling his role as team captain, and that the team was, for the most part, without a leader.

According to one source, it was also noted that McDonald, who complained about the difficulty of obtaining visas for a trio of members, passed on numerous Mexican riders for personal reasons despite the fact they had been riding better and already had their passports and visas in order.

PBR executives knew that clearing some riders for travel could be an issue, which is why they encouraged team captains in March and April to assemble an expanded roster of as many as eight riders.

The PBR has said that in the coming days they will continue to give McDonald every opportunity to respond.

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