Wrong People Punished?

A Southern California high school basketball coach has been suspended and faces accusations of mercilessly running up the score after his team won a game 161-2, one of the most lopsided scores in state history.

Based on what misbehavior, exactly?

The coach, Michael Anderson of Arroyo Valley High School’s girls’ basketball team had some comments.

I didn’t play any starters in the second half. I didn’t expect them to be that bad.

And on any do-over, perhaps

I wouldn’t play the game at all.

But what would that teach his girls? What would such an insult teach the opposing team’s girls?

The losing coach, Dale Chung of Bloomington High, also had some remarks.

He’s a great X’s and O’s coach. Ethically? Not so much. He knows what he did was wrong.

What about you, Ace? Where are your ethics in your lack of preparation of your team? You set them up for this loss. Where are your ethics with your “They’re victims” nonsense instead of your teaching them to play the game, or even (gasp!) to compete?

I have some questions.

Why must the girls on the winning team’s bench, who are trying to earn a starting position on their team, be held back from doing their best during their chance on the floor?

What about the opposing team’s girls, who offended the game with their apparent lack of effort on the court?

What about the opposing team’s girls’ parents, who didn’t bother to teach their children how to compete?

What is California trying to do to the children in its schools’ care?

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