UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE. That is the only way I can describe what has transpired in the past week around this.
For those who did not read “When “Ocho” Is A “No No”, and are too lazy to go back and read it, briefly here is what happened. My son’s football team has a phenomenal football player who wears #8 and is Hispanic. A coach on the opposing team at my son’s game last week had put in a defensive play/formation, which they called “Ocho”. There were several cheap and late hits taken by our #8 during the game from players of the other team. I raised my concerns that the opposing coaches choice of using “ocho” as key word sent the wrong message to the kids on thier team which led to their “unsportsmanlike” play. When we left off I had anticipated that the Commissioner of the League would be contacted by now….
Our coach did talk with our #8 to get his perception on the other team using the term “ocho” to indicate a play clearly aimed at stopping him. He said yes, he noticed it and that his family noticed it too. While it upset him and his family, they were not going to make a Federal case of it. I told you this kid is a class act.
Our coach then told the Program Director of our league who said he would bring it up to the Commissioner of the League at the next meeting which was scheduled for this past Thursday.
On Friday evening I heard from our coach that our PD had not brought it up at the meeting. I couldn’t believe it. (Actually I could, as our PD has shown he has no backbone on previous issues and is more interested in being part of the “Boy’s Club” than doing his job the right way.)
I decided it was appropriate for me, as a parent, to go directly to the League Commissioner and make him aware of what had taken place in the game. Unfortunately, the only number listed for the Commissioner was his work number and it being Saturday I was only able to reach his voice mail. I left him a brief message, not mentioning anything about the “ocho incident” as I now refer to it but just saying I was parent of a player who had concerns regarding some things that took place at my son’s game last week and would appreciate it if he would call me.
Following this I felt it only fair to contact our PD so as to give him a head’s up that I had reached out to the Commissioner and that I intended to pursue this issue directly. When I did this he said that the meeting had run long on Thursday and that he had not had a chance to bring it up. Spineless.
I told him that I was disturbed that he had not felt it important enough to make sure it was raised regardless of how many other things were on the agenda.
You will not beleivehow he responded! All I can say is that our PD is a self centered and ignorant individual. He was/is more concerned about how my going to the League Commissioner will make him look than whether a coach used a racial term aimed at one of our kids.
He was offended that I had gone to the League Commissioner and felt I had not shown him, as the PD, the proper respect by waiting.
I have two things to say.
1) “Waiting for what? The coach to do it again? Waiting for you to get around to it? If you have some great insight as to the way this should be brought up you need to let me in on it. You didn’t follow through on how you said you would first bring it up nor did you communicate back that you wanted to handle it in a differnet way. And your offended?
2) You’re offended? I am offended that you did not act on this issue quickly. It has shown a lack of respect for one of our players, his family and any other person who was at the game as well as any other person or team who might face this opposing coach in the future and face similar treatment – both verbal and physical.
It has been over 24 hours and he has not responded.
And you know what is most amazing to me? I am so mad about this and concerned that one of our league’s Directors isn’t taking a charge of racism more seriously that I am about to quit because I don’t want to be affiliated with it.
Something is seriously wrong with our society.
Stay tuned for When “Ocho” is a “No No”, Part III.