Wednesday, May 30, 2007

"Creative" Solutions for Certain People

A couple of things...

Denver Broncos wide receiver David Kirkus was allowed to remain with the team after he passed a lie detector test, even though he was charged with assault after allegedly getting in a fight with a man outside a club. The young man, who happens to be White, simply had to give his word to the coach that he was only guilty of poor judgment and take a polygraph test that wouldn't be admissible in any legitimate judicial setting.

"Well, my bad judgment was being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I didn't break any laws by going where I was. I was out at a time at night that I shouldn't be out at that time. That's obvious. And as I'm growing up and I'm becoming an adult -- it's a slow process for some people -- it's just one of those things you learn from."


I certainly hope Michael Vick, Elijah Dukes, Chris Henry and AJ Nicholson will get similar treatment. Oh, my bad. Too late for that.

The members of the Duke University lacrosse team were granted an extra year of athletic eligibility.

"These individuals were involved in an unusual circumstance that we believe warrants providing them the opportunity to complete their four years of competition," said Jennifer Strawley, NCAA director of student-athlete reinstatement and membership services."


Fine. I don't begrudge anybody from playing all the years of lacrosse they wish. And I certainly have nothing against common sense solutions.

But I wonder why the Duke lacrosse team is the sudden beneficiary of unprecedented and swift common sense action by the usually bumbling NCAA. No other student athletes deserve common sense treatment? Common sense is on hand for a lacrosse player, but maybe not a basketball player who has to sit out a year for transferring even after a coach leaves or a school is penalized? Or a football player who is exploited by the big money system, but is not even guaranteed a degree?

I'm sure neither of these situations have anything to do with race.

9 comments:

The Rover said...

Yeah...I don't like the Duke decision, either. Maybe they shouldn't have been rewarded for hiring strippers for their party...

Kircus...well, Shanahan has a history of doing that for his players. Still...it's pretty stupid.

Sakata4HOF said...

Wow! I normally love your posts but this one is way out there. Michael Vick, Elijah Dukes, and Chris Henry all still belong to their respective clubs. Have any of them been forced to take the polygraph? No. But David Kirkus has. He "allegedly" passed, and gets to keep his job. I'd hope that Vick, Dukes, and Henry are forced--like Kirkus was--to take the same test. However, Henry and Dukes should be dismissed from comparison because Henry has seen his fair share of days in a legitimate judicial setting and Dukes has a long history (six arrests and counting) of the court system. So that leaves us with Kircus, Vick, and Richardson. I know not about Richardson, so he's booted too. Kircus has one (very recent) run in with the law where he punches another man. Vick, on the other hand, has a history of investigations and, the latest investigation, is incredibly serious. Punching one guy vs. allegedly fighting and killing scores of innocent dogs while betting tens of thousands of dollars? Advantage: Vick. A wide receiver from Grand Valley
State that we've never heard of vs. the electric Michael Vick, the highest paid player in the NFL? Advantage: Vick. Call me naive but I'm not seeing the comparison between Kircus and Vick, Dukes, and Henry. Finally, I don't think the Duke ruling was a common sense solution. Duke University dropped the ball on that one, not the NCAA. I think a common sense solution would be to grant them another year of eligibility but only at any other school other than Duke. Duke should not be rewarded for their vigilante justice.

Still respect you, still love your posts, and I'll continue to wait anxiously every lunch hour for your next post.

Sakata4HOF

doublenicks said...

And the streak is broken . . .

DP said...

Psst....its AJ Nicholson.


Otherwise...good post.

John said...

When you are trying to point out injustice, you should probably try to find better examples than that.

The Brooklyn Boy said...

Stuff like this never ceases to amaze me. HCIC is right - as someone who covered big time D-1 sports while in college, I'm pretty confident this treatment wouldn't be flipped if the athletes involved were black.

The HCIC said...

It's true. Shanahan is a softie. Still, the Kirkus arrest barely got any coverage. And I definitely missed the day when Skip Bayless called for clauses to be inserted into contracts banning athletes from going to nightclubs in reaction to Kirkus' arrest. But Skip is an idiot. I should probably stop paying attention to him altogether.

The lacrosse thing is so suspect. Without even getting into the merits of the decision was right or wrong, the "justice" was swift I can't believe it. Think back a couple of weeks ago when ESPN did the report on female athletes getting pregnant. The NCAA was like, we have no opinion on the plight of the baby mamas, it's up to the schools. After a little bit of pressure, they finally decided to think about a comprehensive policy.

All I'm saying is that, for example, is a lot different than the treatment Duke got (for a variety of reasons, potentially).

MCBias said...

You and NOIS are really right about Duke; I wish the NCAA would have rejected Duke's plea for extra eligibility. Then Duke would have gotten sued by their own players, heh.

Signal to Noise said...

Shanahan is a softie for bad character cases (please see Maurice Clarett, and this year, Marcus Thomas, in the draft). It's something we Bronco fans have to deal with at times; he believes he is strong enough an influence as a coach to reform players and get them to go straight and narrow.

But giving Kircus a polygraph and declaring him OK is just crap. I'd like it if everyone just waited until the legal system actually ran its course, but Iron Fist Rog kind of decided that wasn't in the cards.