Thursday, October 6, 2011

Weasel of the Week: "John Doe"

Pranks are supposed to be harmless and done in jest. Try telling that to the players of an Ohio high school football team.

After Washington Court House High defeated McLain High, 26-0, a 16 year old student who was ineligible to play in the game entered the handshake line with his teammates, wearing a studded wide receiver's glove. Allegedly hidden in the glove was a sharper object than the studs worn on the outside of the glove. Something along the lines of a thumbtack. 27 McLain players had to be sent to the hospital for tetanus shots. Now, what kind of fool would do something like that?

Worse, after being contacted by the police, the suspect's mother has said she would hire a lawyer to defend her son, a classic case of a clueless parent turning a blind eye to a hateful stunt. We don't know what the kid's motivation was, we don't know if he had any grudges against anyone from McLain. What we do know is that this brand of unsportsmanlike conduct merits a set of weasel ears for this nothing happening teenager. As a bonus prize, maybe he & his mother should be more willing to help pay the cost of medical bills not covered by the insurance of the victims' parents.

A McLain player questioned the illogic of the stunt, dismissing it as silly and stupid, and questioned the motivation of the "Thumbtack Kid". He ain't alone.


magicdog said...

This kid reminds me of the bullies I knew in middle school. They'd do something stupid like this and then say, "Can't you take a joke?"

How can anyone think this was funny????

He's a moron and his mother, an enabler. No wonder he behaved the way he did. This wasn't the same as dumping gatorade on someone, this was a serious and potentially dangerous act!

I agree, mom should be paying for the tetanus shots and apologize for her poorly bred son.

Crhymethinc said...

He should also be declared ineligible to play football for the rest of his high school stay.

hobbyfan said...

Crhymethinc: You may be on the right track here. The kid is 16, so he's either a sophomore or a junior.