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.