Friday, January 23, 2009
There's a lot of buzz in the local (and now national) news about a Louisville high school football player, Max Gilpin, who died during a Pleasure Ridge Park football practice last summer. The coaching staff at PRP never really got reprimanded for their practices by the school or the school system, but yesterday, a Jefferson County Grand Jury indicted head coach Jason Stinson for reckless homicide.
Not to get all lawyer-y on you, but if it took over six months to get a true bill returned on an Commonwealth indictment, the guy's probably not going to get in very much trouble. David Stengel, Commonwealth's Attorney for Jefferson County, is known to be a pretty tough character, but taking this long to get an indictment indicates to me that the Commonwealth's case is probably fairly weak, meaning Stinson will get an easy way out via a plea deal. The other point to be made is that now, JCPS has a LOT of bad press on its hands for not pressuring the school to suspend Stinson or do so itself. Anytime a student, especially a 15-year-old freshman, DIES on SCHOOL PROPERTY, it should be a pretty freakin' huge deal and worth the wrongful-termination/suspension lawsuit to the school, as opposed to a civil lawsuit for negligence or even wrongful death (the latter of which sounds even worse in the paper). Surely the rules at the school system are not so restrictive as to keep the superintendent from taking that sort of action.
Lastly, it is always sad and ugly when a kid this young dies doing something that most people take for granted. Matt Hinton (Dr. Saturday) has his take on the "tough football coach" image and stereotype, and it's pretty well warranted. I feel awful for the kid's family.
Now, to end your Friday on a much happier note, here is a stupid foreign guy jumping through a roof:
Posted by Anything but Gatorade at 9:10 AM