As reported Monday, a handful U of O football jocks kicked the fun up a notch and allegedly abused an associate professor with a snowball or two.Terrifying, I’m sure… I've watched the video several times, and I don't understand the university's reaction to the incident.
I for one find the incident to be less than newsworthy. Kids will be kids. And for U of O head football coach Mark Helfrich to suspend sophomore Pharaoh Brown from the upcoming Alamo Bowl is over-kill.
Truly folks, for this story to hit the national news, and go viral on youtube.com, is a commentary as to the heightened state of elevated minutia permeating the fabric of our “ surface” focused society. It’s crap Johnie. I’m pretty darn sure that as the world turns there are more important issues at hand. While young Mr. Brown may be up and coming in the football program, this incident as covered by the press has elevated the kid to over night supper stardom. It was reported Tuesday that the video has received 2 million views.
One might ponder the implications of coach's decision to suspend Pharaoh. I don't know the kid, he may be trouble. Or, he may simply be 19.
On the surface it appears that a very high profile U of O football program is attempting to save face while over reacting to a minor incident of sophomoric frivolity.
Not only are these imported student athletes held to a higher standard than their appointed station merits ( football player,) but now, they're apparently not allowed to be Kids on an off game day.
As noted by the A.P., Dean of Students Paul Shang stated that campus police are looking into possible criminal offenses such as disorderly conduct and harassment. On the same note Coach Helfrich finds the behavior exhibited in the video to be "dangerous and unacceptable." And as head coach I wouldn't expect him to state anything less.
Could be these Kids are spoiled over-coddled brats. For me the bottom line is this...
If little Pharaoh inflicted personal or property damage on an innocent 'non participant' in the ( snow ball) fight, physically injured or verbally abused a professor or campus police, bring the punishment on. Otherwise, walk it off. It appears in the video that someone took it upon himself to leave the safe confines of his car and verbally encounter the ruffians. Not smart.
No one was injured, and I believe that without the video going viral nothing would have come out of this minor event. But then again, I wasn't there.
Does this incident justify the punishment levied on Pharoah, or is this simply a mater of maintaining rank and file within the football program, while saving face for the University Of Oregon? I find it admirable for Pharaoh to apologize for his participation in the ruckus while accepting his punishment. As to Coach Helfrich's action, or over-reaction? I'll leave that up to Duck fans.