I get that this post is not meant for my ranting and raving. But, I have got to make some comments on a very important matter that just so happens to be going on at my alma mater, PRP High School in Louisville. The football coach there, Jason Stinson, has been indicted for the death of one of his football players in August from heat exhaustion. It appears this is the first time in history that a coach has been charged with homicide if one of his players dies on the field. Several points need to be discussed:
(1) Just in 2008, 48 other football players died on the field, including the majority of which were high school players. Only point there is that this case is not isolated, the charge of reckless homicide is what makes it unique.
(2) Part of me laughs when I see the amount of students and adults holding vigils for the coach and throwing protests for the coach. The reason they are supporting him is because “he was a great teacher”, or “he is a Christian man”, and other things like that. I only laugh because that is the most irrelevant argument anyone could make, as what type of man Stinson is does NOT mean he could not have made a mistake that led to this kid’s death. I guess it could help some in court, I don’t know. But, in my opinion, this case should squarely be decided on whether Stinson did something on that day that contributed heavily to a young man’s death. Thats it.
(3) That being said, I thing this indictment is one of the most ridiculous legal stories in Louisville and Kentucky’s history. In my mind, a 15-year-old kid does not just die at football practice if he didn’t already have some medical condition, whether it be serious, such as a heart defect, or something temporary, such as the flu (which some have reported he had). Secondly, players have come out and defended their coach, saying he NEVER denied them water. This accusation came from parents who were watching a soccer game NEXT to the field. The commonwealth attorney of Louisville has NEVER headed up a case since taking his position in 1996, yet he takes this one, his first. Why would he do that? Could it be he knows he could make this coach a scapegoat? Get some national headlines. Just a thought. Why take your first case 12 YEARS into your job?
(4) Whether or not this indictment ever happened, the coach should not have kept his job as a football coach. And I feel that would have been punishment enough for a man. Stinson lost one of his players, a memory that will undoubtedly scar him for life. That is punishment enough. And to lose his job would have been appropriate, but why take a man away from his family and put him in jail?
All of this is my opinion, of course. I think the majority of the Louisville community sides with the coach here, realizing that while he may have pushed his players hard, he certainly did not mean to kill a player. And lets not forget that 70-plus other players came out fine during this “brutal” practice, which brings me back to the fact that this kid likely had a physical problem beforehand (just speculation on my part). This case makes me sad, because a kid lost his life, a man is basically losing his, and the lack of sympathy for both is disgusting. This case is resonating throughout the sports world, I saw it come across the ESPN bottom line tonight. Just the fact this coach has been taken to court likely changes the way high school and college coaches run their practice.
Only one link today, but it is a doozy.
A great video of numerous Duke flops. I also found a video with twice as many soccer flops, but it won’t process for the website. Soccer fans rejoice!!