A liberal's perspectvive on Justin Field's transfer waiver
I have long realized that most of you disagree with me politically and though we don't talk about politics on this forum, it still is difficult for me to enjoy reading or posting on this forum because despite it being about football so much of what conservatives are taught to think drips through in your posts that cry out "fake news", etc.
I say this because what I am about to say might carry more weight because I think differently and it might surprise you.
I don't think Justin Fields deserves a waiver for a hostile environment.
I am quick to see the ways in which minorities and women face hostile environments in ways many caucasian males don't realize. It is pervasive. But, Georgia athletics has shown no hostility to minorities or women in a systematic way for a while (the shift is gradual and hard to pinpoint). I am very alert and sensitive to this.
What Sasser said was hostile. He got drunk and his inner views came out. What he said was clearly racist and clearly wrong and clearly painful. It was inappropriate.
To be honest, I was surprised at Georgia's reaction. I expected him to be admonished, maybe suspended for a few games, but I did not expect him to be kicked out. I think Georgia took the context of a hostile environment so seriously, they sent a message that Georgia does not tolerate such an environment and takes it so seriously, they are willing to give out the ultimate punishment to someone whose words or actions violates the ability for anyone regardless of who they are to be respected and comfortable.
I thought the message Georgia sent was very strong. It made me feel that Sasser was creating a hostile environment but Georgia most definitely was not. If Fields was asking for a waiver from Sasser, I would grant a waiver with less than a second of deliberation because you can't pretend hostility doesn't exist with a comment like that and you can't excuse it away with alcohol.
But Georgia? I don't see it. I don't see a hostile environment. I see an institution that evaluates coaches and athletes regardless of gender and ethnicity. I see increasing diversity in the coaching ranks. I see a commitment to any black or white or straight or gay or woman or man who is not treated fairly. Are there problems in places? Yes, but I believe these problems have changed from the norm to the exception. Sasser was the exception.
The norm at Georgia is that a hostile environment is not tolerated and if anything the Sasser event is evidence of the zero tolerance for a hostile environment at Georgia. It is evidence for the exact opposite of what Field is trying to claim. The way Georgia handled the Sasser incident made me proud and I am disappointed that the NCAA cannot see this. Though I am not surprised, because the NCAA , more than any other legal body I have ever seen, punishes those who handle things the right way more than those who try to deny and cover up their sins (cough Auburn, Ole Miss, Tennessee).