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Friday, December 2, 2011

Penn State Vs. Wayne Hills High School: Winners On the Field, Unethical Losers Off the Field

At a house party in Wayne, NJ, on October 29, two teenagers were beaten in an altercation which left one of the teenagers lying unconscious in the middle of the road. The beaten teens were football players from Wayne Valley High School and the perpetrators were identified as football players from Wayne Hills High School. Showing an amazing amount of cowardice, the young men who did the beating have not stepped forward to claim responsibility for their acts, and have decided to let other innocent students take the fall with them.

One for all. All for one. We play as a team. We assault people as a team.

Nine student athletes from Wayne Hills High School were subsequently suspended from taking part in football activities by the Board of Education, and a judge has upheld those suspensions. As of this writing, another appeal is waiting to be heard which would allow the suspended players to play in a State Championship game tomorrow (Saturday, December 3). The students who were left beaten in the road have not filed an appeal regarding the beating they took at the hands of the Wayne Hills HS football players.

It's all about the Big Game.

At a Board of Education meeting on November 17, Wayne Hills football coach Chris Olsen gave an "impassioned plea" to let his suspended players play.

It's all about the Big Game. Football is important. Scholarships are important. The beaten kids didn't die or anything.

Many people in the football hierarchy at Wayne Hills HS claim that the kids who were suspended will have their identities released by default because they won't be at the Big Game, and this will ruin their lives.

This is the biggest load of crap I have ever heard. If Coach Olsen, or anyone at Wayne Hills HS, is so concerned about protecting the identities of his minor players, then he should just forfeit the game and protect the kids himself. Oh wait, forfeit the Big Game? No way, football dynasties never forfeit the Big Game. Or Coach Olsen could use his position as a leader of young men to convince the perpetrators to step forward and face the consequences of their actions. Word has it the students who actually did the beating are Coach Olsen's best players, and how can you win the Big Game if your best players aren't suited up? But to people like the football hierarchy at Wayne Hills HS morality has nothing to do with winning football championships.
Coach Chris Olsen (standing) and players from his Wayne Hills HS
football team attend a Board of Education meeting last month to
appeal for reinstatement of nine players who were charged with
aggravated assault and later suspended from the team.
 Photo: New York Daily News

On November 18, a pep rally was held at Wayne Hill HS. Members of the Junior class wore tee-shirts with the words "the police." During the rally the football team shouted "F*** the police" at the Juniors. Faculty eventually stopped the chanting, but now we all have a good idea what kind of young men are formed in Coach Olsen's program.

The kids have lawyered up because they want to play in the Big Game and they want college scouts to be able to see them play so they can get scholarships and maybe even be in the NFL someday. Their coaches and parents have been coddling them and making them feel special since Pop Warner, and no beaten up kid from a cross-town rival high school is going to make all that effort go for naught. The claim is that a criminal record might hurt their son's chances of getting a scholarship. The kids who were beaten will likely not get a chance to strut their football prowess in any Big Games in the near future, and their sholarship chances are unknown.

Darren DelSardo, the attorney for one of the minors involved said his client is innocent and that his client is "already having stomach pains, throwing up." DelSardo didn't mention whether he thought it was wrong or not that the perpetrators of the assault have not manned-up and taken responsibility for their actions. He also didn't mention how the assaulted kids were doing, but then again, that's not his job.

The suit filed on behalf of the suspended students contained the following bit of sage legality: "...the students were denied due process in the administration's decision" to suspend the players because the "alleged criminal actions were separate from school functions." Which pretty much means that what these kids do outside of school is of no consequence as long as they're ready for the Big Game.

It's all about the Big Game. Raising young men to become good citizens is not the issue.

Attorney's for the students who didn't get beaten and left unconscious on the side of the road also maintain that at least two of the suspended students weren't even there. In this case the Football Code of Ethics prevents the kids who are guilty from protecting the innocent kids by stepping forward, while the innocent kids keep their big mouths shut to protect the guilty. I wonder if that was their own choice or if someone convinced them to keep quiet? No matter how you look at it, this is a code of false morality.

If you were up in arms because former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky raped little boys in the showers at Penn State, but you think the kids at Wayne Hills HS should play in the Big Game tomorrow, your situational ethics need adjusting.

In one case a sick individual committed heinous crimes to satisfy his own perverted needs and an entire football hierarchy hid the truth to protect the program. In the other case a few sick individuals beat rival football players senseless and an entire football hierarchy is fighting to sweep the assaults under the carpet to protect the program.

Rah rah sis boom bah, hit 'em again, harder, harder.

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