It’s almost halftime in the UW-WSU game, and the Huskies aren’t looking too good. I’m not sure what the problem is, but they just don’t have much at the moment. The Cougars are playing a good game, but the Dawgs aren’t giving much fight right now.
I’ll leave game commentary until the game is over, but I’m having a hard time listening to the broadcast right now. The main theme of the half has been how great it is that Klay Thompson apologized to fans before the game from which he was suspended. I have a real problem with this. I think it’s great that he apologized. If it was his own idea, that’s commendable. If Ken Bone or his dad made him do it, good for them. Apologizing publicly doesn’t make Klay Thompson a hero, however, and that’s the feeling that the TV announcers are giving.
I don’t expect or want them to tear Thompson apart. I don’t even care if they criticize him or not. I don’t want them heaping on more criticism, but the truth is that he was selfish, broke the law, and set a terrible example for the young fans watching him. He let down his team and possibly cost them a shot at an NCAA tournament berth. The same goes for Venoy. He had a part in bringing down this once promising season, and a public apology wouldn’t excuse that or his actions.
Good for Klay for apologizing and coming out tonight and playing hard. I appreciate that FSN is trying to make a good story out of bad events, and they’ve done a good job of not focusing on Klay and Venoy’s troubles, but they’ve taken it too far the other direction. I, for one, think it’s giving the wrong message. Just had to get that off my chest.