February 24, 2011

Whadd'ya think?

You've probably read about/seen by now the situation involving Holy Family University basketball coach John O'Connor and player Matt Kravchuk. If not, at practice during a rebounding drill, O'Connor got miffed at Kravchuk and shoved him to the ground, apparently hurting the player's wrist. O'Connor later apologized to Kravchuk and the entire team, but that wasn't sufficient -- for Kravchuk. He filed a criminal complaint with the Philly district attorney's office.

Is Kravchuk going too far? I say "yes." I've opined on here before that as a society we are too quick to take offense, and too slow to accept apologies (and to forgive). Sure, this coach overreacted. No doubt about it. But to file a criminal complaint with the city about it -- even after O'Connor apologized shortly after the incident? Sorry, but that's going too far. Hell, as regular Colossus commenter "cardinals fan" can attest, our junior high school basketball coach was a hard-ass, and he verbally thrashed us regularly, not to mention forcefully grabbed our jerseys (and yes, occasionally shoved us) if we weren't making the proper moves during a [practice] play. Should we have filed charges? We weren't even adults, like Kravchuk is!

Maybe John O'Connor can reprogram a Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 and really teach Kravchuk a lesson! Oh, wait, that was John Connor ... nevermind.

Posted by Hube at February 24, 2011 08:11 PM | TrackBack

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I don't blame the guy for filing a complaint, what gives this coach the right to use physical force against a player? If it was self-defense, that's one thing, but evidently this wasn't about that, this was this dickhead getting in touch with his inner Bobby Knight. There should be a no-tolerance policy against that.

And he managed to hurt his wrist? What if he had ruined this guy's basketball career?

Posted by: ThePaganTemple at February 25, 2011 07:46 AM

PT: have you ever played organized sports? Do you believe in apologies? Forgiveness? Geez, kids these days get a gazillion chances for EVERYTHING (and this player was no kid) and this coach loses his temper one time ...?

But it's moot. The coach has quit and the Philly DA didn't feel the need to prosecute anyway. The kid won.

Posted by: Hube at February 25, 2011 09:56 AM

Sports are and always will be emotion on-top of talent. To think that a child, can have his feelings hurt, along with his butt, cause a man with a family to possibly lost his livelihood, is a disaster. Ten to 1 his "Mommy and Daddy" never punished little Matty, how many Kleenex boxes did you have in your room, Matty. Good luck in your coming adulthood, your going to be know as the sophomore that screwed an adult, because he couldn't take the push. How many management level men took that instruction method in HS and college
football fields, basketball gyms, many my friend, do they want a "crybaby" on their team, "No way". your Sat's Psat's better be in the toop 1%, or hello dads company, or employer. "You Made your bed, now sleep in it"!

Posted by: "HarleyCharlie" at February 26, 2011 01:01 AM