Punishment needs some gender equity
Oregon running back LaGarrett Blount punched a Boise State player and was suspended for the rest of the regular season.
Baylor center Brittney Griner punched a Texas Tech player and was suspended for two games.
Hey, where’s the gender equity now?
Perhaps you’ve seen the latest episode of Girls Gone Wild. Griner, perhaps the best freshman in all of women’s college basketball, was going after a rebound against Texas Tech player Jordan Barncastle. They got their arms tangled up, and Barncastle spun around and sent Griner lunging toward the baseline. It didn’t look like the nicest thing to do to another player, but it sure didn’t seem all that bad either.
Still, when Griner got her balance, she straightened up, took two steps toward Barncastle, hauled off and punched her.
It was a right-handed roundhouse, right to the nose.
A scrum ensued. There were technicals called. There were players ejected.
Hey, who said the women’s game wasn’t exciting?
Haven’t we heard for years about how women’s basketball is catching up to the men’s game? I don’t really think this is what the advocates of the women’s game meant. If this is progress, then I’m not sure I want to see what’s next.
Ironically, Griner is the player expected to take the women’s game to new heights. She is 6-foot-8 and can dunk like no women’s player before her. She doesn’t need a running start. She doesn’t need to be all by herself. She can jump up and throw down.
But now, she’ll always be remembered as the player who wheeled around and smacked that player from Tech.
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