Since I posted my last Blog “Are You Really Surprised”, I have seen other articles which make some very valid and interesting points regarding Pat Lazear and the preferential treatment of athletes.
Christine Brennan in The USA Today had an article entitled, “Colleges, society flunking prep stars’ inflated sense of self-worth”. She makes an excellent point when she talks about her attempts to reach the Athletic Directors of Ohio State and Alabama, two of the colleges still recruiting Lazear:
“Had they gotten in touch, I would have asked a simple question, something along these lines: What in the world are you thinking?”
Just as I would want to ask Lazear what he was thinking when he got in the car that night and drove to the Smoothie King. But unfortunately, I am afraid Lazear doesn’t think – or at least he doesn’t feel he has to think about anything but himself and football. Not his role in society, not other’s rights, etc.
When asked about the impact this is having on him, did he talk about a life lesson learned, did he apologize for a youthful mistake or even recognize that what he did was wrong? Instead, as he told The Washington Post about his criminal charges: “If this drags on … it might mess up getting to school and getting started with football.”
He is right about that. But I think he is missing the point.
But, let me address a comment left by a Michael Goulding in response to my Blog. He is upset that Robert Warren’s “several prior convictions including possession of firearm, discharge of firearm in an urban area, burglaries and thefts,” but this wasn’t reported in the The Washington Post article, “All-Met Linebacker Said To Be Robbery Ringleader”
As Mr. Gundling points out, the past history of Mr. Warren would be good to know before passing judgement.
In fairness then, I think I should let you know that Pat Lazear was previously convicted for the use of a stolen credit card to buy a $130 pair of sneakers in November 2004 — and the ensuing 90 days of court supervision.
From your comments it appears you may not be aware of this.
As Judge Joseph A. Dugan Jr. said at Lazear’s hearing his track record contradicted the depiction of many of the people who testified to his character.
“Ten months later, not only is that all forgotten, but you’re involved in a robbery with a dangerous weapon,” Dugan said while delivering his verdict.
Is that fair enough for you Mr. Goulding?
Actually, let me say this. The point isn’t really about Pat Lazear or Robert Warren or any individual student. The point is the administration and coaches at Walt Whitman High School need to be looked at very closely.
I am sorry that your “golden boy” Pat Lazear is in trouble and has possibly ruined his future. I am sorry that people have , as you call it, “piled on”. But the truth is there are problems at Walt Whitman and if people like you would stop long enough to notice the bigger picture you might see what I am talking about. Then maybe you will use your energy and your email skills to attack the real problem.
Dr. Alan S. Goodwin, Principal should resign
David H. Magathan Jr, Athletic Director should resign.
Eric Wallich, Varsity Football coach should resign.
Andy Wetzel, Asst. Athletic Director/Varsity Wrestling coach and former assistant football coach should resign.