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Monday, August 11, 2003

Personal Responsibility:

Dwayne Goodrich, former University of Tennessee and Dallas Cowboy standout, is being tried this week in Dallas for two counts of felony manslaughter. Goodrich, known for his interception return against Florida State in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl which helped UT win a national title, is accused of running over three kids who had stopped to help a motorist in a burning car. Goodrich allegedly ran them over in his haste to avoid the crashed vehicle, and further, did not stop when he hit, in his words "debris" in the road. That "debris" was apparently the three kids. Two of them, Joby Wood and Demont Matthews, died.

A jury will have to determine Goodrich's culpability. It is not a question of whether or not Goodrich was the driver who hit the three, but a question of his willful misconduct. As much as I love sports, and the Vols in particular, it bothers me to see a kid get a slap on the wrist for a major infraction. Sadly, it is the culture in which they live, where athletes are shown the higher side of life, and told that consequences are few. I hope Dwayne Goodrich is not guilty, but more than that, I hope justice is served. The last thing I want is one more athlete (or any celebrity, for that matter) circumventing the system because of his status. Either way, it won't bring Joby Wood or Demont Matthews back.


.: posted by Dave 8:31 PM

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