This Minnesota Golden Gopher Football mess is being spun and spun and spun. I say to hell with that folks. Too many times athletes are mistreated and we come to their aid as do many people and media outlets. This time the University is right on.
Playing college football or any sport is a PRIVILEGE. Too many times players are treated with kid gloves when these sexual issues come up. If these allegations were brought against non athletes they would all be out of school and probably in jail. Now all we hear and see is a wave of arguments that these suspensions were unfair and too late and that these boys were not in violation of anything because this incident was consensual. Bull S#@T!
Players Are Not Gods At Minnesota
They are not Gods anywhere.
When these Student Athletes lined up outside that door to take their turn at this young woman for "Consensual Sex" they violated University rules. They violated the University of Minnesota Athlete Code of conduct. They also violated the code of men- real men.
This is sickening. You "boys" who were involved are lucky you are not in jail and maybe you should be. You certainly don't belong on an NCAA athletic roster and you are a disgrace to every real man who ever put on that helmet and took to the field of battle. You act as an unruly mob and expect to be unpunished? You hide behind a lawyer. You have ruined the image of the University and the image they portend to portray. Your lives from here on out should be dedicated towards atoning for what you did. Take ownership of that and try to earn the breath you take into your lungs. And while you apparently had your fun for a few seconds and laughed about it filming and taking to social media you ruined the life of a young woman. For that you should be forever sorry and humbled.
Let me suggest to you Minnesota Golden Gophers that you boycott the game and refuse to play not because your "team mates" and pals were suspended but because you are apart of something that happened that is so reprehensible that you refuse to be a part of it. Any of you that saw what happened or saw the videos or pictures and did nothing should excuse yourselves from the team because you are cowards and not men worthy of playing the game. You should boycott the game as a sign of solidarity with what is right and what is wrong. Maybe that is why you should boycott the game.
But standing behind your "brothers" because they were wronged somehow by being punished? Really? You are not winning that one in the court of public opinion. No sir. Even if you win the Bowl Game you lose.
If you think I am being too judgmental or wrong please go read the police report. This is not her word against theirs. The Video they had so much fun in shooting is pretty much backing up her account. From the victims statement in the 80 page report you can find jaw dropping evidence or a drunken girl who says she wanted the players and others to stop after several had taken their turns.
Read the entire report here. Minnesota report here
Is there a real man on the Minnesota Golden Gophers team? If so step forward and explain why you are worthy of playing in that game and why you supported your team mates in this mess. Football is not more important than this and you are not Gods. And leave all that Band of Brothers crap at the door.
These athletes broke Minnesota Golden Gopher Athlete Code of Conduct Rules. See this link.
They Broke University rules.
- The University seeks a community that is free from violence, threats, and intimidation; that is respectful of the rights, opportunities, and welfare of students, faculty, staff, and guests of the University ; and that does not threaten the physical or mental health or safety of members of the University community.
Specific Conditions and Rules: There are several University Rules that this incident can look to for violations- among them is this:
- Subd. 6. Harm to Person. Harm to person means engaging in conduct that endangers or threatens to endanger the physical and/or mental health, safety, or welfare of another person, including, but not limited to, threatening, stalking, harassing, intimidating, or assaulting behavior.
Minnesota's President Mark Kaler and Athletic Director Mark Coyle released this to the athletes and Community.
"We can tell you that certain behavior is simply unacceptable and antithetical to our institutional values. We support Gopher Athletics’ decision because this is much bigger than football. It is about the values every University of Minnesota student is called on to uphold. We make these expectations clear, and when they are not met, there are consequences. "
Here is a school President and an AD getting it right. It may not be pretty but they got it right.
God I hope you other players learn from this and understand the ghosts of the greats in this game and your own ancestors look down upon in judgement and support with everything you do. Your footprints are being watched. Tread lightly and be a positive force in the world boys. The day will come when there will be a recounting of your life and you will have to answer for all that you have done.
We all will.