Sunday, May 6, 2007

Honoring a Drunk Driver?

One of the biggest news stories recently here in St. Louis is the baseball player that was killed after running into a tow truck on the highway. Josh Hancock was a relief pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Everyone was so distraught. People were leaving flowers, cards, and other memorabilia outside the stadium to honor the player.

It has since come to light that his blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit, he had marijuana and a pipe in the car with him, and he was talking on the cell phone. Even after this information came out, they still honored him at one of the next games.

I honestly can't belive it. They're holding memorials and honoring this guy for the great competetor and team mate that he was. They shouldn't be honoring anything about this guy.

This is nothing more than a case of drunk driving and also possibly driving while under the influence of drugs. I'm just glad that he didn't kill anyone else besides himself.

Am I glad that he died? No. But the situation could have been a lot worse. I have no real tolerance for someone who drives drunk, and I definitely don't think that we should be holding grand memorials for this guy.

I'll say it again. There is no excuse for drunk driving.


You are a dickhead said...
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John said...

I don't mind differing opinions, but I'm not going to publish worthless profanity on this site.

I understand that they were honoring his career and not his decision on one night, but I'm sure that wouldn't be much of a consolation to the family of those he could have killed.

Drunk driving is inexcusable.

Raspberry said...

I agree that drunk driving is inexcusable, but I don't really mind that they 'honored' him at a game. He made bad choices and possibly put other people in danger, but he also did some good things and he was loved by family, teammates, and fans. They recognize that his choices in this situation were less than exemplary and they have tried to show the public that they do not approve of his drinking, but that hasn't stopped them from feeling sorrow at his death.

We should not honor people's bad choices, but I don't think we should ever forget the good things that people accomplish despite some bad choices they make. No one is perfect.