I still have a lot of issues here. First off – so what if they were ordered to do it? I mean, surely a marine of Dawson’s intelligence can be trusted to determine on his own, which are the really important orders, and which orders might, say, be morally questionable. Okay – I was just having fun with a Few Good Men again – but it does apply here. I will concede I don’t know the nature of how that coach ran his show, or how the conversation on the order went down. But it sure as heck looks to me that at a minimum, they were enthusiastic “orderee’s”. They didn’t just go in, they went in hard. And hit him on the ground. At least Dawson and Downey called the ambulance.
Another problem I have is that it seem that a lot of weight is given to the accusation of racial slurs. Granted, no one is coming right out and saying “It was understandable that they did this”, but it seems to me that it keeps getting listed on back ground – as if to say “Well, the response just got out of hand”. For one – lets state the obvious. The coach and players have VERY LITTLE credibility. That they say there were racial slurs mean almost nothing. And second – they keep adding in “bad calls were made” when talking of the attack. Bad calls! Anyone – ANYONE – who is party to this type of assault and even goes down the road of justifying it over something so trivial – well again, are they really to be listened to?
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go arrest Kendrick