TI­CATS CON­TRO­VERSY

The Hamilton Spectator - - FRONT PAGE - RE: Ti­cat coach­ing con­tro­versy

“It is a sad day when a per­son nei­ther ac­cused, nor con­victed, of a crime can be de­nied the op­por­tu­nity to earn a liv­ing…” “I will not be re­new­ing my sea­son tick­ets un­til af­ter Scott Mitchell, Kent Austin and June Jones have left the team.”

As a long­time Ti­cat fan, I had a bit of fun at a fam­ily gath­er­ing on the week­end. I hap­pily an­nounced to the group that the Ti­cats had not lost this week­end! (Of course, af­ter the shock and awe dis­si­pated, I had to add that they didn’t play this week­end.)

But I was wrong. They lost big time with fans and non­fans alike with the de­ci­sion to hire Art Briles. What on earth were they think­ing?

(Per­haps they were caught up in the Trump men­tal­ity where win­ning is ev­ery­thing. In­tegrity and dig­nity lose all mean­ing in that ide­ol­ogy.) The bag­gage at­tached to Briles was not a “pile of un­paid traf­fic tick­ets,” but a se­ri­ous, re­pug­nant on­go­ing cri­sis that had him spurned by the Amer­i­can col­lege sys­tem. That alone should have waved a ton of red flags. The fact that the de­ci­sion has been re­versed brings lit­tle com­fort.

More im­por­tantly, for a busi­ness to lose sight of the char­ac­ter of the very de­mo­graphic they have been court­ing — hard-work­ing, de­cent folk proud of their city and their team — is a huge mis­take. For most fans, the com­mu­nity ef­forts by play­ers present and past was part and par­cel of sup­port­ing a team with heart, even when the stats weren’t im­pres­sive — the team was part of the Hamil­ton ethos.

As Mitchell be­lieves in sec­ond chances, I guess we will have to give the op­er­a­tion one. Just re­mem­ber, this may not be base­ball, but three strikes and you’re out! Paula Kent Kuch­mey, Cale­do­nia

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