Saturday, September 15, 2007

Saddle Sore of the Month...

Yes, I know I haven't done a saddle sore post for quite awhile. But this one just about jumped out at me. You can't make up stuff like this! If you follow the link and read the comments, you'll discover that coaches get a pass when it comes to injuring someone, especially if they have an important dinner waiting. Maybe there should be a sliding scale of justice. Coaches and star players are exempt from charges. Mid-level players receive a painful slap on the wrist that will leave a nasty bruise. JV players are happily fed to the wolves.





By World's Editorial Writers
9/15/2007

Muskogee football coach doesn't get it



The head football coach at Muskogee High School doesn't seem to understand why so many people are so upset simply because he collided with a 7-year-old bicycle rider and then went to a football dinner.

Well, coach, here are a few reasons:

  • Leaving the scene of an injury accident;


  • Failing to call 911 for assistance;


  • Moving an injured child without expert medical help.


There are other reasons, but those will do for now.

Coach Matt Hennesy reportedly was leaving Indian Bowl Stadium in Muskogee where his team plays, when the boy, Chase Thornton, evidently rode his bike between two cars and into the path of Hennesy's vehicle.

It was an accident that could happen to anyone. The difference, however, is most people would have called for emergency help and waited until help and the police arrived.

Hennesy said that he called the boy's father and had one of his players carry the child to a nearby training room. The boy was left with an athletic trainer and another adult.

Then, Hennesy went on to a team
dinner. Well, we certainly wouldn't want the injuries of a 7-year-old to get in the way of a team dinner.

Police were finally notified when the boy arrived at Muskogee Regional Medical Center where it was discovered that he had a broken collarbone, a knot on his head and road rash on a leg and shoulder.

The coach later told the Muskogee Phoenix newspaper: "I ought to be dealing with tomorrow night's game not this crap. I was leaving the stadium when this kid ran into the front of my car."

Hennesy said that he wasn't required to call police or file a report. "I'm not going to file a report against a little kid, even though my car was damaged," he said. "It was the kid's fault."

The only people we feel sorry for in this mess are the players on the Muskogee team, the students, teachers and administrators of Muskogee High, all of the decent, caring coaches in the state and, of course, young Chase and his family.

Poor Coach Hennesy, having to deal with such "crap" on the week of a big football game. What in the world was this guy thinking?

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4 Comments:

Blogger Fritz said...

That coach has a serious case of misplaced priorities. That's insane.

8:01 PM  
Blogger Ed W said...

And there were 2 comments supporting the coach before I posted my own. Police said, in a front page story in the Tulsa World, that this didn't rise to the level of a hit-and-run. The boy had abrasions on his leg and shoulder, a bump on his head, and a broken collarbone.

Now, had it been one of us, the great unwashed, unannointed peons who pay our taxes and send our kids to public schools, the outcome would have been very different.

According to the Muskogee newspaper, the coach said, "I ought to be dealing with tomorrow night's game, not this crap."

In my opinion, the school board should give the coach an opportunity to 'deal with this crap' in some other town, some other school, and hopefully in some other state. This of it as a means to broaden his horizons in the realm of employment.

8:37 PM  
Blogger Paul Tay said...

Hey, where da beef at? Muskogee winning, ain't they?

6:56 PM  
Blogger Paul Tay said...

Union v. Muskogee, 26-11. Coach BUSTED.

4:05 PM  

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