so this story broke a couple days. we have this phenom pitcher who is playing for the best team in the nation. he has a 11-1 record with an era of 0.73. he really is a fine athlete. he is almost assured to become a pro baseball player making millions of dollars.
oh, and he is a child molester. he committed crimes against a family member for 2 years while he was a teenager. he received two years of counseling and was made to register as a sex offender. in april he failed to re-register. his admitted crimes were only discovered via a routine search by an oregonian reporter. the editor had this to say about their discovery
it really just came down to the world deserving to know what had been hidden. oregon state did not know of his crimes. they do not check for violent or sexual crimes during admissions as some colleges do. but now you have this player on your team who is obviously a distraction at the least and a pariah at the most.
his coach had this to say when he magnanimously pulled himself from the starting rotation for the super regional tourney
baseball was clearly more important to this coach than a now emotionally damaged child. and it is still unclear if he will also sit out the rest of the college world series. sports trump victims too many times in our society. this is just another of those instances.
thoughts? has he done his time and should be free to pursue athletics? or are his crimes great enough that he has no place in college and eventually pro athletics. already four teams in the mlb have said they would not draft him.