Abandon Ship

January 17, 2012

This past week two men stood out for their incompetence and criminal inattention to the responsibilities of their station.  These men of course are Italian cruise ship captain Francesco Schettino and UNC basketball coach Roy Williams.  Both Schettino and Williams were party to disastrous events, and they both dipped out early and allowed their underlings to deal with the fallout.  Schettino ran his massive cruise ship into a rock.  The result looked something like this.

Roy Williams somehow allowed his team to lose to Florida State by over thirty points.  In the process allowing Florida State reserve guard and career 3 point per game scorer Deividas Dulkys to go off for 32 points.  The pictures from this ass-beating are just as chilling.

Yes that is UNC All-America candidate John Henson crying like a little bitch.

 

Allowing these disasters was bad enough but the conduct of Schettino and Williams in the aftermath was much worse.  Once it became apparent that the ship could not be saved Schettino abandoned his post and got the hell off the boat.  This made the rescue operations much more difficult.  As a result Schettino is being charged with “abandoning ship” and is currently being held in an Italian prison.  Yup, you heard me.  Abandoning ship is actually a crime.

Roy did pretty much the same thing.  In the final seconds of the game Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton saw the students massing to charge the court and suggested that the UNC players not currently in the game be escorted to the locker room so as to avoid an ugly scene after the buzzer sounded.  This was a reasonable suggestion the Ol’ Roy took waaaaaay to far.  He inserted five walk-ons into the game and then took the rest of the team, coaching staff, and his own scared ass down the tunnel and off the court.  That’s right.  He felt his safety was an issue but abandoned five of his players to the mob.

 

Both Schettino and Williams’ actions were inexcusable.  The question is who was worse.  My money is on Roy big time.  Schettino disgraced himself, but can anyone really say with certainty that when faced with a watery grave, literally going down with your ship, that you would act any differently?  I can’t.  What I can guarantee is that I would not run from a few rowdy fans while leaving my players on the court.  What exactly did Roy think was going to happen?  This is a college basketball game in America, not a soccer match in fucking Colombia.  I think they would have been okay.

Roy Williams all I have to say to you is C’mon Man

 

 

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