Was the Penalty Too Severe?
If you didn't read the Star story, Chaminade forfeited its game set for Thursday against Don Bosco. Bragging rights on the line with both Catholic schools unbeaten.
Some of the players were involved in mischievous activity while on a trip to Michigan last weekend. No drugs. No booze. No porn. No foul language. No breaking the law. Turns out, if what we're told by the school is accurate, a microwave oven was broken on the day the team was leaving the hotel.
As a result, the entire team gets penalized by the principal and coach - and it was more than 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct. It was forfeiting a game against the rival, which raises the question: Can anyone just decide to throw in the towel for a game - or does the league have to now deliver some sanctions too?
Many people think the penalty is too severe. Boot a few guys out for a game, but not the entire team. The principal, who was upset and likely fearing the larger embarrassment once the story got out, told me he even tinkered with pulling the team for the year as a means of sending a strong message about discipline.
He runs the school. He decides what's best. Maybe there's some politics thrown in as well to make the board, the community, parents and the team take note. I don't know. Lots of people, yes parents too, are blaming me because of the Star story. Just one huge problem with that theory: the story was written after the decision was made.
There are many who believe the school went too far, even if the players agreed with the decision - and were also told to zip up and say nothing. Others claim the team got off easy - especially when the Catholic Board is so strict about discipline. I think the big boss had to send a clear message that there is more to this than a football game. It's representation of a school, a team and individuals. But tarring the entire team with the same brush, and I've heard the comment that players sink and swim as a team, may have been a bit heavy. I can just imagine what the decision will be if something else happens.