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UNJUST ACT

For sport to be good and flourish in America, it must be predicated on justice. In "A Theory of Justice," Rawls states that "justice is the first virtue of social institutions." Further, justice as fairness implies that each "person possesses an inviolability founded on justice." Sport is an extremely import societal construct and therefore must be predicated upon justice as fairness for all.

An NCAA Division I basketball coach that forces players to remove clothing and run wind sprints for missing foul shots certainly does not have an understanding of justice, as it applies to the institution of sport. Even viewed as an employee-employer relationship this act would be considered reprehensible and certainly those responsible would be held accountable. College professors would not be allowed to force students to run a lap naked around campus for missing an assignment or failing a test. It is only within the tightly constructed coaching citadel that leaders can strut their omnipotence like peacock without being disciplined.

It seems, the coach enjoyed humiliating, and degrading the very athletes, who work extremely hard to represent Rutgers University with the utmost integrity. No coach, the autocratic center of an athlete's life, has the right to compromise the first virtue of America.

For the university to claim the plaintiffs have no case seems like a legal dodge to protect one of their highest paid employees. As an institute of higher learning, Rutgers must take the first step in an attempt to sanction the overwhelming, unquestionable authority of high-ranking coaches. Coach Kevin Bannon allowed the wrong thing to occur. Rutgers needs to act in a way that promotes proper ethical conduct by doing the just thing!
JOSH ASHWOOD
Canisius College

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