My friend Chaz the Blogger brought up some good points on his blog about this incident yesterday. Yet again the double standard does exist. Even when an administrator is shone is a bad light in the media two weeks in a row.
But good enough was unable to be left alone.
The Grand Street Campus football team was in the news due to allegations that coach Bruce Eugene had an ineligible player on the team. Coach Eugene was fired as coach even though Grand Street won the city football title in 2015. But just before the game on October 20, Eugene won a court order that lifted the suspension and this is where I am going to focus.
He was set up. All about petty BS.
According to the New York Post Coach Eugene was terminated from his coaching position for...
“allegedly heard making inappropriate comments and using profanities”Come again?
Coach Eugene is quoted in the Post as having said to the team in a pre-game speech...
“F–k what I’m going through, f–k what’s going on. Let’s focus on Lincoln,”How shocking! A football coach cursing?
The Crack Team checked with my 15 year old son and asked him if any of his coaches during the time he has played ball have dropped the F and/or S bombs. Now mind you my son's primary sport is baseball. Yes it is a different game.The emotional level is not as high as it is in football. But nevertheless, The Crack Team wanted to be sure.
My son shared with The Crack Team that while neither his middle school or freshman baseball coaches used filthy language the coaches he has had for his travel team have used the F bomb on more than one occasion.
"Get on the f**king line," "cut the sh*t," "What the f**k are you doing?"Another coach uses the S word as a noun, verb, and adjective quite a bit! Dang, even his Babe Ruth coach is prone foul language. So was his wrestling coach in middle school. In fact, one of my son's friends shared with The Crack Team that the JV football coach has a potty mouth as well!
And guess what? I, and the other parents, don't care. These are boys. Teenage boys. This past summer his Babe Ruth coach needed someone to be in the dugout and keep the book during a game. I turned red listening to what the boys (including my son) were talking about!
Can't the NYCDOE look past a few potty words and see what Coach Eugene has accomplished and allow him his day in court?
Coach Eugene was keeping these boys of the streets. Instilling purpose and discipline in them that will serve the boys for years upon years to come. In a city where quality high school athletics are lacking why must the fix be always to terminate or severely discipline the person? What is so bad about talking?
Coach Eugene was lauded by the community of Grand Street Campus. In the October 5 edition of the Post it was reported that Coach Eugene...
he still has support among parents who lauded his ability to instill confidence in at-risk kids.
Isn't this what we all want? Why not fix the issue instead of blowing it up?