View Full Version : OHSAA, newspaper unfair to Lake Ridge Academy
03-08-2011, 08:28 AM
I am sure this article will get some comments :)
03-08-2011, 09:04 AM
There are two sides to every story and everyone is entitled to a defense. After all, OJ wasn't guilty. :)
When LRA joined the ohsaa, they signed on to all the regs governing sports and they recognized the authority of the ohsaa to regulate and enforce - including the process by which regulation and enforcement is done.
The author makes some vaid points. For example, if it is true that they found out through a newspaper about the ohsaa's decision, that's not right. But even so, it doesn't mean that there weren't violations, or that the punishment is not appropriate. I do believe that the ohsaa should inform the school precisely what evidence resulted in the stiff punishment.
Bottom line? If a huge injustice has been done, there are attorneys on every corner. You go to court and get a restraining order, force the ohsaa to show what they have, and you argue it in court. The ohsaa knows this is a possibility, so I would bet they have every i dotted and t crossed on this one - which is why LRA didn't take that step.
The author is basically arguing that the process is unjust, so the result is unjust. The first is an assumption that may or may not be true, but even if it is true, it doesn't support the conclusion. There can be a process that isn't perfectly just that still gets the right result. It happens every day in courts.
The author also argues that the scholarships were well intended and motivated. That's fine, but they could still violate the rules.
I think the LRA academy people are saying, "It's not what it looks like." Their problem is that it is almost always exactly what it looks like.
03-08-2011, 09:10 AM
If adults just follow the rules then there is no story.
I apologize if I sound simple minded.
03-08-2011, 09:16 AM
I've never been impressed with the way the OHSAA has been run. It's a mirror image of our governement, and you see where they've gotten us.
03-08-2011, 10:53 PM
No matter the organization, i.e. NBA, Nascar, NFL, OHSAA, if you want to play it has to be by their rules. Break the rules according to the opinion of the organization, and you are punished as the organization feels is appropriate. Accept the punishment or take your ball and go home. In this case, they had to go home anyway.
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