When I read that nine high school football players would miss the rest of their season after attending the Phillies victory parade, I mistakenly assumed that they were still trapped under flipped cars. But it’s because of one Vince Lombardi-wannabe who chose to punish the kids for joining the 40 percent of Philadelphia-area students who skipped school on Friday.
(That college scholarship is going, going…gone!)
Hatboro-Horsham coach Tom Butts dismissed the players from the team, causing them to miss the homecoming game, only the biggest day of the year for a high school football player. The punishment seems a little harsh, but Butts’ justification seems intended to guilt the players even further. Remember, he’s not mad, he’s just disappointed: