The University of Montana is in the news, and not in a good way. The Wall Street Journal reports that the university fired its Football Coach (after he won coaching honors) and Athletic Director. The reason? An epidemic of sexual assault charges. The team faces charges that star QB Jordan Johnson (White, see here) raped a student. Somewhat odd for a coaches son and math major, but there it is. Running back Beau Donaldson was charged with intercourse without consent, and suspended from the team. Donaldson is also White, and a Montana native. There are allegations of Gang Rape by victims who allege being drugged and raped.
This is disgraceful. And also, not surprising. Football has fully embraced the Rap/Gang culture of the Black underclass, even White guys in Montana, playing in Division 1 FBS (below 1A) seem to embrace it. Certainly I find the accusations credible, and the predictable reaction of the police (running away from investigating a popular local football program) also unsurprising. It is one thing to allege rape because a player did not return a phone call. It is another to allege that against a star local football player, who has lots of friends in the campus and outside it. Anyone familiar with Scorebaord Baby by Ken Armstron and Nick Perry, will recognize the ubiquity of date rape drugs and football players, mixed with Alpha male struck naïve Freshman girls.
Meanwhile, the NFL is undergoing its own problem. Legal action looms for the “Bountygate” of paying Saints Players to hurt other players. Thats both a criminal action, likely leading to prosecution of both players and coaches, and massive lawsuits. In all likelihood, players as diverse as Niner’s Running Back Frank Gore, and former Cardinals QB Kurt Warner, are likely to sue. Not just the players and coaches, but the TEAM.
Add to this, the Wonderlic scandal (that the scores have leaked out, and that LSU Running Back Morris Claiborne’s Wonderlic score is 4), and the NFL has a problem. Given the formula 2W +60, Claiborne’s IQ would amount to 68. That’s in line with CJ Spillers, former Clemson running back, scoring a 10, or IQ of 80. [Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick scored a 48, or 156 IQ, Eli Manning had a 39 or 39 or 138 IQ.]
Football is made up of young men in college who thug it up, even White kids in lily-White Montana. The game has moved that way. Thugging it up on the field is now the way to “win” and I’ll bet you that there are plenty of college coaches who have placed “bounties” on opposing players in the same way Saints Defensive Coach Williams did with NFL players. Meanwhile, the emphasis is on pure athletic accomplishment. A man of an IQ of 80, let alone 68, does not belong in college. That’s simply the reality.
In my view, players who suffer injuries in games ought to sue. Institute discovery. And demand payment from the teams, universities, players, and coaches. Things will only change when MONEY, that is M-O-N-E-Y is at stake, and a lot of it, if things screw up. That goes for parents, and victims, of the now in fashion football player date-rape drug use and assault. Girls and parents ought to sue. Not just coaches and players, but Universities. They ought to be on the line for the decision to admit men of questionable character, who would engage in use of date rape drugs. [And ladies, don’t drink, ANYTHING at parties. Assume the worst. Particularly of those dream Alpha males you drool over.]
Yes, there are bad things about Lawyers. But often, it takes massive lawsuits and big settlements to get institutions to change their ways, for the better. This ought to be one of them.