No Place for Thug Behavior in College Sports

Posted: December 11, 2011 in Justice, Pop Culture, Sports
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Last night  Xavier’s Kenny Frease (#32), was sucker punched by Cincinnati’s   Yancy Gates (#34) and then stomped in the head while he was on the ground by #13 Cheikh Mbodj.  Both Gates and Mbodj have been suspended for six (6) games, and both of their actions are regrettable.  However, I believe that Mbodj’s actions were much more egregious than Gates. In fact,  I consider Mbodj’s kicking Frease in the head as he lay defenseless on the ground thug like behavior and  has absolutely NO place in college athletics.  Due to the attacks, Frease (pictured below) sustained a badly bloodied black-eye. 

Now please know that i have been involved with on-field fights and brawls during my time playing at Univ. of Oklahoma (like the infamous  1998 TCU v. OU), and understand how emotions can get the best of you quickly during high level competition.  This is why  eventhough I think he deserves more, I can live with six (6) games for Gates since he was actually on the court when the fight started. However, for Mbodji to unnecessarily come off the bench to commit an intentional battery (unlawful touching of another) has to be strongly condemned and punished to send a message of strict  intolerance for such behavior.

Therefore, I believe Mbodji’s actions actually warrants a full season’s suspension, mandatory anger management training, and he should be found civilly liable (ordered to pay the medical bills and pain and suffering) for injuring Xavier’s Kenny Frease (#32).

Lastly, just because this attack occurred in the context of a college basketball game,  make no mistake about it, Mbodji’s actions were criminal.  However, I do not  advocate for criminal charges against Mbodj because I think he could learn from this mistake without the “scarlett letter” and prevention of life opportunities  that a criminal record brings.  But, once Mbodji is reinstated he should be on a very “short lease.”

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Comments
  1. Sean Breslin says:

    I agree with everything you said here. There’s no place for stuff like this in college basketball.

    • Thank you for reading and giving me some feedback. Please continue to read and give me your insight. Would appreciate you help me get my blog out there to your friends and family. Please hit me up on facebook and twitter. Peace.

      • Matue Forh says:

        Good perspective on this..I was hoping you would have some comments about the post-game interview, by Xavier, players..While undoubtedly, the statments were a media disaster, was surprised there wasn’t more control put in place post game..don’t they have a media relations group or advisor??…just curious about your thoughts…

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