Anthem Flap: No Son, It’s “Oh Say Can You SEE”

The regrettably named Rain Smith reports for the KINGSPORT (TN) TIMES-NEWS that before a local high school baseball game last month, a Powell Valley (VA) ballplayer urinated on the field during the national anthem.

Watering The Field

Acting on a dare, a Powell Valley baseball player lined up with his fellow Vikings for the National Anthem, unzipped his pants and urinated on the field.

Wise County Schools Superintendent Jeff Perry said of the boy’s lapse of judgement, “We want to make this very clear, this kid did nothing that he considered unpatriotic. He’s going to pay for it, but we don’t have to behead him, we don’t have to crucify him.

Amusing? Yep. But not as funny as another reporter, Claire Galofaro of BRISTOL (TB) HERALD-COURIER launching an I-Team investigation into the identity of the kid.

Excerpt of Galofaro’s report:

Perry would not say what the punishment entailed, citing student privacy. He also declined to name the boy.

Yet a half a dozen sources in Big Stone Gap, who asked that their names not be published, named *delete*, a football star and “all-around good kid from a good family.”

What do you think would motivate a small town reporter in the heart of red state America to out a minor for a gesture that, at least in that part of the country, could be considered politically incendiary?

That’s the real story, not a immature kid watering the field at a most inopportune moment.

Thankfully, the old goats at the local VFW didn’t go overboard.

“I don’t feel any animosity toward him, and in no way would I want to hurt this kid,” said Joe Rasnick, commander of Big Stone Gap’s Veterans of Foreign Wars. “It’s what he did that I despise.”

Perhaps Galofaro was having flashbacks to Rick Monday, which is as close as I can go to giving her a pass.