Football favoritism and parental failure

I love football, but it’s no shock that athletes get special treatment and enjoy, even at the high school level, and elevated amount of attention and slack. While the judge’s ruling in the Kenton “fake deer accident” to suspend the sentence of the two high school students until after the football season is not the worst example of special treatment, it does highlight the mindnumbing ignorance of the parents involved. Two passages from the story are particularily annoying:

The 17-year-old’s father, C.J. Howard, said members of the community have made crude remarks when his family shops at a nearby Wal-Mart store and that his younger children are taunted by older youth when they play in the yard.

He said his son would not be the focus of such attention if he didn’t play football.

“I don’t know why it’s about football players. Why isn’t it about student council or track?” Howard asked. “He admitted what he did and he faced the consequences like a young man should.”

OK, well, Mr. Howard, nobody who runs track or sits on student council is going to have their sentence suspended until the track season or school year is completed. Your son would not be the focus if he didn’t play football because his sentence was only suspended because he played football. Great, he admitted what he did, does that fix the brain damage Dustin Zachariah suffered, who was merely a passenger in the car that was forced to swerve and crash because of the actions of your son?

The mother of the oldest boy, Valerie Berry of Ashland, Kentucky, said her son has a strong support system and will be able to move on.

“With this stunt he was a child,” she said. “He’s an adult now.”

Well gosh, that’s nice that your criminal of a son has a “strong support system.” You know what would have a been better? Competent parenting that would instill some sort of system of moral value that might cause one to think, “hey, maybe causing cars to swerve and potential crash isn’t a good thing to do.” However, I’m sure glad he’s going to be able to “move on” from sending Robert Roby Jr. to the hospital for three months sitting in a neck brace with broken bones in his neck, arm and leg and enduring ten surgeries. I wonder how long it will take for Dustin and Robert to “move on?”

Lastly, the fact that not only did these kids get their sentences delayed until after the season, but only got 60-days at a juvenile detention center is nonsense. This is attempted manslaughter (The unlawful killing of one human by another without express or implied intent to do injury [link]), and they should be facing years in an actual prison. – originally posted at

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