To take a little break from politics to talk about values...or lack of.
All the recent hullabaloo over the Oregon football player sucker punching the Boise State player.
To review what happened, in case you haven't seen the video.
Boise State player after the game in passing the Oregon player, taps him on the shoulder pads and says something to him....and keeps on moving....no doubt hazing him...a low class action in itself....a BS coach is moving in rapidly to keep them seperated, knowing what is about to ensue. The Oregon player than maneuvers, throws the punch, then gets into an altercation with a teammate who is trying to get him out of the fracas, then he proceeds to get into it with the fans on the way to the exit and then the 4 cops who are trying to get him up the tunnel.
I was absolutely floored to see and hear a major college football analyst, a former player, on a live ESPN telecast when asked his opinion on what type of punishment the Oregon player should receive for this altercation....ACTUALLY BLAME THE BOISE STATE PLAYER AND SAY "THE OREGON PLAYER WAS SIMPLY REACTING TO A LOW CLASS ACTION OF THE BS PLAYER", insinuating that the Oregon player was justified in his reaction.
Even the ESPN announcer was taken aback by this comment.
The Oregon saw this whole thing differently and correctly....and suspended the player for the entire season, saying in an interview...that the player will remain on the team and keep his scholarship..."because it's obvious that this guy needs structure in his life".
My reaction to this whole scenario is one of sadness and bewilderment. How far has this "victimization" psychology come to allow a national celebrity on a live national TV show to excuse this individual of 4 seperate losses of control in the span of 2 minutes? It is my opinion that ESPN should "sanction" Desmond Howard for his irresponsible characterization of this incident and take him off the air for a week or two.
This psychology is so sinister and is or has undermined the whole value concept of accountability and responsiblity for our actions.
This mindset will do far more damage to the fabric of this country than just about any political agenda.