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The deposition of David Jason Stinson

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The Louisville Courier-Journal has gotten the video of the deposition of David Jason Stinson, who has three names because I can’t figure out which one he goes by. Stinson has pleaded not guilty to reckless homicide in the death of Max Gilpin, a 15-year-old who collapsed in the heat during one of Stinson’s Pleasure Ridge Park High football practices last August. He’s also among those Gilpin’s parents are suing in a separate civil case, which is the subject of the video deposition.

If you haven’t clicked on the link yet, I’ll save you the (lack of) drama: Stinson’s lawyer says he can’t answer any questions because of the criminal case. Most depositions last longer than a Marmoset song.

Much better than the David Jason Stinson Experience.

Meanwhile, a Kentucky legislator has introduced a bill that would require ice pools on hand during high school practices and games when the heat index of over 94 degrees, according to the C-J. The legislator acknowledges its chances of passing are slim, not so much because the Kentucky High School Athletic Association already has standards how to handle the heat, but because there is only three weeks left in the legislative session.


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  1. I have been a professional youth athletic coach for 25 years–all in “hot and humid” climates.

    Even if one lacks training or education, even if one has not spent any time coaching; simple, human, common sense tells one this: In the entire world of sport–from the Sunday afternoon pick-up T-ball game amongst a bunch of 8 year olds to the Super Bowl–one can be a coach, a player, an owner, a competitor, or whatever, and you WILL NEVER accomplish–you have no sane reason to think you might accomplish–anything WORTH A HUMAN LIFE.

    Indeed, a coach of the greatest integrity and wisdom can certainly make bad decisions–decisions that set into motion events which cost lives. We’ve all heard of the coach who used his best judgment when he sent players out on to a field when the weather was perhaps dubious only to have a lightning strike take a life. Sure, such decisions will always be rationally debatable, but making a bad call about the weather IS morally defensible.

    What these sadists in Kentucky did WAS NOT A BAD CALL. It was MURDER. They let a young man die of thirst. DIE OF THIRST. For those of you who would implicate his medication know this: The necessity of replenishing bodily fluids is as basic as it gets. The young man who died NEEDED WATER TO LIVE. If his medication were an issue, it could have been dealt with afterwards. If you’re dying of thirst, you’re dying of thirst, and that’s all anyone needs to know.

    On that subject: Adderall has been used by millions for decades safely and successfully. It’s slightly dehydrating properties are not a problem for athletes–at least those athletes NOT under the care of vainglorious ignoramuses who feel better about their own shortcomings when they make others pointlessly suffer.

    The very idea that a coach–someone who presents himself as a professional into whose care a parent might safely and confidently deliver the life of their child–would deny dehydrated athletes water, is INSANE. Moreover, it is inimical to common sense and the whole philosophy of athletics–which under the right guidance is a noble and Godly pursuit.

    Any and all of those who were a party to withholding water and thus killing this young man are murderers. Anyone, starting with the School Board and including parents aware of or who witnessed these animals engaged in this twisted excuse for “training” are accomplishes. The murderers should be incarcerated until they are dead or so enfeebled they can never harm another child. Their confinement should be solitary or allow them exposure ONLY to those who, for whatever reason, cannot be corrupted by their perverted notions of how to treat other human beings.


    February 22, 2009 at 1:08 am

  2. GET A LIFE…………and a medical degree.


    September 2, 2010 at 9:25 pm

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