[dropshadowbox align=”center” effect=”lifted-both” width=”full” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Update: Good news – Nigel Bethel has been reinstated. [/dropshadowbox]
– Title IX
Nigel Bethel is a Texas Tech football player who recently had his scholarship pulled and was dismissed from the football team because he defended himself against a female basketball player named Amber Battle. According to KCBD News (an NBC affiliate), Battle made a public statement admitting her involvement:
Nothing I can say can truly repair the harm I have already caused. I did not represent the Double T like I am supposed to and I promise to hold myself to a higher standard from here on.
According to ESPN reporter Max Olson the man who made the decision to dismiss Nigel Bethel was head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Referring to the deliberation process, Olson stated, “No matter what the circumstances of the incident were, Nigel Bethel punched a woman, and that was enough for Texas Tech and for Kliff Kingsbury.”
No matter what the circumstances. In other words, for Kliff Kingsbury sex was the sole determining factor in pulling a young man’s scholarship and dismissing him from the team.
Here’s another angle: one of the reasons Title IX was originally implemented was because women’s sports were underfunded and undervalued. The reason? Relative to men, women were deemed weak and helpless, and hence unfit for sports.
And now here we are, 42 years after Title IX was passed, and a female basketball player is now being portrayed as weak and helpless when it comes to taking equal responsibility for a fight that she started. Kinda goes against the whole concept of “a woman can do anything a man can do,” doesn’t it?
So which is it? Perhaps we should ask Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt if women should even be playing sports at all, since they are apparently so weak and helpless that men – like the parents of children – should take strict responsibility for their actions.