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Letter: Singling out basketball player in column is wrong


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From: Joe Shafran

Columbus

Received Dec. 21

I wasn’t at the East-North game (Dec. 20), and I do not know Josh Speidel other than having watched him play a few times.

I was appalled at a column on the sports page in which this young player was castigated. Last time I checked there are four other players on the court at all times with Mr. Speidel, but the writer’s opinion pinned the loss singularly on this young man?

As passionate as people are about high school athletics, perhaps the writer has taken this business too seriously. Has he forgotten that these are young men 16, 17, even 18 years old and not paid professional athletes who have been exposed to media pressure for years?

Josh might be deemed the “best” player on the court but nonetheless he is part of a team and a team effort. I’m sure that the young man realizes he could have played better, and I’m sure he’ll self motivate to do better next time out just like any good athlete and just like the rest of the team.

Singling out one player in particular and putting that kind of pressure on a kid ... just seems wrong.

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