Thursday, March 4, 2010

Here's a “Guy” who should be fired

Here's the background: A couple of football players at Division II Texas A&M-Commerce were arrested on drug charges. The campus newspaper printed an edition with the story of the drug bust on the front page. A couple of fellow football players went around campus stealing all the newspapers from racks to keep people from reading about the drug arrests. Now, one would expect that the football coach would immediately denounce the thievery of 2,000 newspapers. But no. Coach Guy Morriss had this response: “I’m proud of my players for doing that. This was the best team-building exercise we have ever done.” We? Was Morriss or someone else connected with running the football program behind the thefts? One has to wonder, because when campus police notified athletic director Carlton Cooper of the crime, he said he “didn’t think (the players) were smart enough to do this on their own.” James Bright, editor of the campus paper, estimated the loss from the theft at $1,100. In a lot of places, that qualifies as a felony. Yet Morriss thinks it was a “team-building exercise.” This guy should be fired immediately, because he clearly doesn't have the morals necessary to be a leader of young people. Cooper did say that Morriss and the players involved in the thefts (they were identified from surveillance video) had been disciplined, but he wouldn’t elaborate. But Cooper also seemed to be downplaying the severity of the incident, calling it an “error in judgment.” Do adults, even young adults, have to ponder the question of whether stealing is wrong? It’s not a judgment call. If administrators at the school are able to exhibit good judgment, Morriss will have coached his last game there.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

good information in the papers that were taken, or not? verified the truth, or not?

March 4, 2010 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger Brant said...

Well, it's a fact that two players were arrested on drug charges. How it plays out in court remains to be seen, but they WERE arrested. And even if the story were inaccurate, which is no indication of, that's not an excuse to steal and to mount an attack on freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

March 5, 2010 at 6:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's more depressing is that these two goofballs thought that stealing all the newspapers would stop people from finding out about it. Why didn't they steal all the TVs, computers and radios, too? I stopped caring long ago that athletes think they deserve to be given breaks just because they're athletes, and of their coaches supporting that view.

March 5, 2010 at 2:53 PM  

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