Friday, September 27, 2013

Coach Suspends Entire Football Team for Cyberbullying

Yesterday's headlines were abuzz about a Utah coach who suspended the entire football team due to bullying and academic issues.  In a time where we constantly are hearing story after story about football players doing wrong (i.e. Steubenville Ohio where players raped a girl, Hartford Connecticut players charged with sexual assualt, Southern California football players charged with sex crimes against a minor, three Tennessee football players charged with rape, this is what I found in 5 minutes--imagine if I looked more), someone finally has the balls to stand up and try to put a stop these boys lack of respect for others.  I think this coach should be commended!

But what is even more amazing is that he had parental support!  Part of the problem in many situations is that adults (a.k.a. parents) back their players in the midst of wrongdoing.  Some want to believe that their son would never bully anyone or do anything mean.  Some don't see anything wrong with what their child does, stating, "Boys will be boys."  And some are so invested in winning, it doesn't matter the wrong-doing (i.e the Steubenville case).

These young men were crushed when they heard they were suspended.  (I feel for the ones who are paying the price for other's behaviors.)  They now have to earn the privilege to play the game.  I hope they learn from this.  I hope they learn that there's more to life than football and winning.  I hope they learn to respect others.  And I pray this builds character in these young men.

9 comments:

Brenda said...

I heard this on the news and I also think the coach did a great thing! I was surprised too when I heard that every parent was behind the coach's decision. It gives me hope!

Blogger Broadcast said...

Great subject! I am glad the coach has good morals. It is people in those positions that need to be good, and role models. Power should be given carefully.

Hobbies on a Budget said...

Exercising Tough Love and teaching kids to face the consequences is so important, but too often we want to smooth out everything for the kids. I am encouraged when I see accountability enforced! Great example.

AdventuresFrugalMom said...

I will have to say that I was shocked to hear about this. A coach that is actually more focused on how his players acted than winning. What a great role model

Self Sagacity said...

Yay Coach! I am so happy to know that there are still people who care to do the right thing. Aren't you?

Becky Lyons Borgia said...

This is phenomenal! What a great coach. I wish that there were more like him. Maybe then, our kids would actually learn to have good character.

Becky Lyons Borgia said...

This is phenomenal! What a great coach! This is the kind of role model our kids need to see more of to begin learning how to develop more character.

Becky Lyons Borgia said...

This is phenomenal! What a great coach. I wish that there were more like him. Maybe then, our kids would actually learn to have good character.

Elizabeth Towns said...

I am incredibly impressed with this coach and these parents, and this community. This is a life lesson that these kids won’t ever forget and they will be the better for it. In addition, America watching will be better for it.

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