Below is a video of a Washington state high school basketball game which was recorded by a spectator to highlight complaints of poor officiating and uncalled flagrant fouls. The person who recorded the video and posted it on several social media sites had intended for it to be used to make parents and school officials aware of the frequent uncalled and dangerous unsportsmanlike behavior which he felt was the result of poor officiating at these games.
As with so many of these types of videos, it has gone viral and produced some strong emotions, much of it directed at the school and the two players who appear to be committing most of the fouls. According to You Tube blurb, the videographer claims that was not his intent and has regretted the personal attacks directed at the players, team and school.
The accompanying story is included for more detail and worth a read. Personally, I’ve never thought it was a good sign when a coach defends a player’s behavior by claiming how much the coach’s young child loves him. I have a feeling that if the coach’s kid was on the receiving end of those fouls, he might feel differently.
Anyway, maybe now these players will clean up their on court behavior which would be a good thing. Or maybe the NBA will draft them.
Connell (Wash.) High’s Cole Vanderbilt was a relative unknown in the basketball world, but all that changed two days ago, when a viral YouTube video turned him into one of the most hated players in Washington.
As the Tri-City Herald reported, Vanderbilt turned into public enemy number one when Michael Christenson decided to film a game between Connell and Highland (Wash.) High to prove to parents at Highland that the basketball league needed better officials.
As it turns out, the clip did more than just spotlight an officiating problem; it also made seniors Cole Vanderbilt and teammate Kennan VanHollebeke look like the dirtiest players on the court.
Someone apparently didn’t appreciate the fouls — the fifth foul is definitely of the flagrant variety — because before anyone could blink, the video had gone viral, with one website proclaiming Vanderbilt to be “the dirtiest basketball player in America.”
While Christenson certainly proved his point with the video, what he didn’t expect was the outcry on YouTube from commenters who viewed the clip. The negative and sometimes hurtful responses to the fouls forced Vanderbilt’s coaches and family to go into damage-control mode.
“[Cole Vanderbilt] a tough kid, but those that know him know he’s a teddy bear,” Connell coach Oscar Garza told the Tri-City Herald. “My 7-year-old son loves him and lights up when he’s around. But on (YouTube) he’s the world’s meanest, ugliest kid. It’s not fair, but I just want him to know his teammates and coaches are behind him.”