Turning the Page
Keep It Classy
Last week, I addressed a concern I had with certain theatrics involved in some schools’ prep sports programs, but over the course of the next seven days, I realized that is far from the biggest problem out there.
During one of my regular beats this past week, one of the players for an opposing team began to limp off of the field. I seemingly was the first to notice this, and it wasn’t until a few seconds later that I heard one of the assistant coaches approach the head coach and alert him/her to the situation. The coach — whose identity I will withhold because it has nothing to do with my point — responded, saying, “One of their players? Oh, good.”
Now, I have several problems with this, but let’s start with the basics. A person probably 20 years my senior should not have a warrior-like, throw them to the lions kind of mentality especially when it comes to high school athletes. Whether the player in question was tearing it up or not — and they weren’t — should have nothing to do with it. When a coach expresses merriment out of an opposing player’s pain, it’s a bad thing. When that player is for all intents and purposes a kid, it’s far, far worse.
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