New Bedford Basketball Coach Fired For Not Being Nice Enough After Kids Ask Him Not To Be So Nice
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As you know by now, in 2016 children are very delicate flowers so adults must be on guard at all times so as to not hurt their feelings. Never has this been more apparent than at Greater New Bedford Voke-Tech High School, where the boy’s basketball coach has been fired for not being nice enough:
After 14 seasons as a coach in the GNB Voc-Tech High School basketball program — the last four as the boys head coach — Donald “Boomer” Rodrigues has been relieved of his duties. Athletic Director Ryan Methia confirmed the move in a telephone call Wednesday morning.
“The school looked into issues regarding the climate of the basketball program,” Methia said in a statement. “I made the decision to move in a different direction in the best interest of our students in that program and our school.”
“It was February 15 … a Monday … and we had had a morning practice,” Rodrigues recalled. “Ryan (Methia) called me at home and told me I was being suspended and told me not to show up for our next scheduled home game against Case. He said I would be able to give my side of the story after the season.”
Earlier in the month, Rodrigues said he met twice with Methia and was told “a couple of parents complained I was coaching some of the players too hard and asked me if I could coach a little nicer.”
Although stunned by the request, Rodrigues agreed.
“I met with my assistant (Matt Semiao) and we, in turn, met with all three teams (freshman, junior varsity and varsity) to inform them that we were going to attempt to coach a little nicer,” Rodrigues said. “After practice that day, the varsity team had a players-only meeting and then asked to see me. They told me they didn’t like my new approach of coaching and wanted me to coach them the same way I had in the past. I asked each and every player if they agreed and they all said yes.”
So Rodrigues returned to what he calls his “passionate and vocal style” of coaching. Ten days later, he was suspended.
“I didn’t get it then and I don’t get it now,” Rodrigues said. “There was never a time that I’ve had a physical altercation with a player. I was told I’m loud — which I am — and that my style was too intense, but that’s how I’ve always coached. I’d call it being more passionate than intense, which I thought was a good thing. But whichever it is, it’s always been my style.”
So let me get this straight. The coach, who has coached in the district for 20 years and is highly respected amongst the students, was called up by some brand new rookie athletic director, and told that he had to be “nicer” because some loser parents of some benchwarmer slugs thought he was being too mean to their loser kids. So he started to be “nicer” in practice, and the good kids were like, “Can you be tough again? We like when you’re not such a pussy.” So he went back to being a real coach, as the students requested, and he was fired shortly afterwards.
Well, that’s just great.
The most shocking part about this to me is that it happened at a Voke school in New Bedford. If it had happened at some small town, wealthy, Elizabeth Warren voting town, I’d understand it a little bit better. Those places are filled with Dr. Spock parents who will call their town selectman if their kid gets his feelings hurt.
But New Bedford is a rough city, and Voke school kids usually have a lot thicker skin than other kids. That’s the real surprising part about this – that parents at this school started this butthurt. Every parent I’ve ever met who sends their kids to a Voke school has rejected this pansy ass way of looking at life.
It’s SHOCKING that college campuses are filled with whining naniburgers yearning for safe spaces. I wonder where they learn this type of behavior? Oh yea, they’re being fed it from high school losers like this AD Ryan Methia. This SAME EXACT THING happened last year at Lincoln-Sudbury, when their coach, who had, a career record of 269-68 and THREE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS, was fired because two parents of benchwarmer loser kids thought he was being too mean.
Look, I’m not one of those guys who thinks that high school sports is the most important thing that will ever happen in your life. But I do think that participating in high school sports with a good coach who holds you accountable, can teach you lessons that you will carry with you the rest of your life. If you’re not giving your best effort and your coach rips into you, it’s only because he or she wants to get the best out of you. Someday these kids will have jobs and they will have bosses. And those bosses will have similar expectations as the coach, and chances are they will be a lot lice “nice” than a high school basketball coach. And if you don’t learn how to deal with people like this, then you’re not gonna be very successful in life.
Being “mean” to a kid doesn’t mean you don’t care about them. In fact most of the time it means just the opposite. Take Turtleboy Jr. for instance. Is he crazy? Yup. Do I love him anyway? Yup. But I can’t put him in a bubble, and sometimes the only way for him to learn about things like gravity is for him to experience them on his own. When he was first learning how to crawl he used to go right over to the most dangerous shit possible and fuck around with it.
“This electric cord from the lamp, which is plugged into the outlet, seems like something I should pull on indefinitely and wait to see what happens.”
I could either change my tone and suddenly be “not nice” Turtleboy, or I could let this lamp fall on his head. I chose the former. This is how human beings learn. Sometimes it hurts your feelings, but at the end of the day any adult who truly cares about their kids understands that it will help them in the long run. But instead of good coaches like Boomer Rodriguez helping kids learn about life, we have a new generation of butthurt enablers like Ryan Methia, who are giving them the false impression that they can never, ever have their feelings hurt.
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