In terms of people I wouldn’t mind seeing be forced to eat a slice of Broken Glass cake and wash it down with a big, ice cold glass of battery acid, child abusers are right at the top. Especially now that I have a daughter. So it’s with seething eyes that I read on RIVALS.COM that Kansas State running back Leon Patton was arrested on Thursday and charged with child abuse, with the alleged victim being his four-month-old son.
Wildcats head coach Ron Prince has already reacted swiftly, kicking Patton off of the team. According to KAKE-TV in Wichita, Patton has already been indefinitely suspended from the team after pleading no contest in July to charges relating to the theft of two video games from a Wal-Mart and unpaid tickets. Based on the nature of the charges now against him, I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that the games weren’t kid’s games like Pokemon.
RIVALS.COM reports that the arrest warrant for Patton states that he “feloniously and intentionally shook” his son during an incident on or about July 15. His son is apparently is currently in foster care, while Patton is currently in jail with a $30,000 bond.
It’s easy to get jaded about athletes in trouble with the law. I have a Google Alert set up with the phrase “athlete arrested” so I can know when someone gets popped for a DUI. But even for someone as jaded as me to bad athlete bevavior, child abuse is pretty shocking, and about as low as you can get. Obviously, I don’t want to rush to judgement about Patton’s guilt or innocence: I just want to lead the angry mob if he is guilty.