If stupidity were an Olympic event…

Bob Bowlsby would be in line for a gold medal.

In case you were wondering how it was going in the Big 12 after the scandals at Baylor, here’s this thought from Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby at Big 12 media days:

… But let it suffice to say as it pertains to all of our institutions, we are very committed as a group of ten schools to eradicating sexual assault on our campuses. It almost goes without saying that when you combine alcohol and drugs and raging hormones and the experiences of 18-22 years old, it’s probably unrealistic to think that these kinds of things are never going to happen.

All that’s missing is sincere advice to victims everywhere to lie back and enjoy it if it should happen.

Raging hormones lead to rape?  It’s rather staggering to hear someone say this.  And in any event, it isn’t alcohol that causes sexual assault; it’s the one doing the assaulting who causes that.

So, yeah, this is sad and even a bit revolting.  And if Bowlsby’s a dumbass for saying it, what do we call the school presidents who think he’s doing a bang up job as Big 12 commissioner?

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31 responses to “If stupidity were an Olympic event…

  1. DawgPhan

    Staples had a great quote from him yesterday.

  2. 69Dawg

    Senator, this is just a typical response for this day and time. Individual responsibility is dead or dying in all phases of our Republic. It can’t be helped because, 1 he was drunk, 2 raging hormones, 3 too young to control himself etc. Carried to this logical conclusion we all should just use the old “the Devil made me do it” defense.

    The justice system in this country has created this monster by the unequal application of “Justice”. People bitch that the Congress has exempted themselves from laws they pass for the masses. As a retired lawyer, I feel that the Supreme Court could have and should have held that any law that has an exemption for the Congress is Unconstitutional on it’s face under the Equal Protection Clause. The Supreme’s let it happened and we will never put that genie back in the bottle. The idea that we are a country of laws and not of men is now just a joke. Money not truth will set you free.

    Get the hell off my grass.

    • BosnianDawg

      69Dawg, I agree with you that individual responsibility is dying out but I think there are more reasons than just the one you give. The sort of excuse given here is one I would expect to hear from a parent when their child does something wrong. It’s the willingness to excuse such behavior in people important to us because we want to hold onto the view that they are flawless. We want to spare them and us the shame of admitting to wrongdoing and character flaws. Carrying out justice equally for everyone is certainly a good thing, but the people in general have to become less hypocritical and condemn wrong acts regardless of who commits them.

    • Cojones

      You hit the nails on their heads, 69.

    • Hogbody Spradlin

      Laws are for the little people. Everybody knows that.

    • DaddyRichATL

      …be careful now, those who don’t like the truth might accuse you of “Class Warfare!”

  3. However, it was Mike Gundy’s hair that stole the show yesterday.

  4. Sides

    I hate to be the guy to defend him but I think you are overly critical. All I see that he said was when you combine drugs, alcohol, and young kids (with hormones) then sexual assaults are inevitable. I think this is true no matter what precautionary measures are in place. I don’t have any idea what he has done to “eradicate sexual assault”…

    • Sexual assaults may be inevitable, but not because of drugs and rock’n’roll. You think all those Baylor players were under the influence when they attacked women?

      Some people are bent that way and don’t need any assistance. It’s incumbent upon schools to recognize that.

      • Sides

        A quick google search from ESPN:

        “According to Baylor investigatory documents, a police report, and multiple interviews conducted by Outside the Lines, several students gathered at Baylor player Oakman’s apartment and began drinking vodka. Some smoked marijuana.

        The alleged victim said the last thing she remembers is hanging out in a bedroom with a few other people at Oakman’s apartment.”

        I don’t know if everyone was under the influence but I will bet drugs and alcohol were involved in almost every incident at Baylor. I am sure I could find all kinds of studies and police records showing that drugs and alcohol are big factors in sexual assault cases.

        • On correlation and causation:

          I have been drunk many more times than any of the people at Baylor (being much older, for one). I have never committed sexual assault nor violence against a woman (barely any against a man and I’ve never started a fight).

          • Sides

            From the Vandy rape case:

            Cory testified in court that he was heavily intoxicated that night. “I was just … drunk out of my mind,” he said. “This is something I would never do in my right state of mind.”

    • EmoryDawg

      Sorry — I have to disagree with you here. Those combinations should not open the door to sexual violence of women. It is a violent act, period.

      There is just as much drugs, alcohol and hormones compared to when I was in school. But these heinous acts occurred less frequently statistically. It has to do with culture, parenting and the influence of emotional instant communications on young people.

      Just my $.02

      • Sides

        They do open the door to sexual violence. I thought this was simply a fact. I don’t like or condone it but I think it is just reality.

        Perhaps these incidents were under reported when you were in school. I am 15 years removed from college and I don’t remember any big incidents at my school but I am sure they happened.

    • The idea that a person that commits sexual assaults should be held accountable for being a terrible human being instead of “leaders” fostering a culture that makes excuses for the behavior is being overly critical?

  5. paul

    In the words of Maxwell Smart, “missed it by that much.” if he’d just said “…it’s incumbent upon us to be increasingly proactive in our efforts” instead of “…it’s probably unrealistic to think that these kinds of things are never going to happen” he’d have been fine.

  6. SemperFiDawg

    I’m stand dumbfounded. How the heck …? Never mind. There’s no reasonable answer to that question.

  7. Macallanlover

    I concur that drugs and alcohol impair judgement and contribute to bad/horrible decisions and actions, but the raging hormones is a silly excuse to me. I am sure my hormones were as dumb as any in my 14-25 age frame, but rape is not sex driven, it is a power thing. As much as I have lusted after what I could not have, at no time, zero, did the idea of penetrating a woman who was passed out, resisting, or calling for help have any appeal to me. Who would have that as an idea of good sex? How satisfying is that to your lustful fantasy? It only screams LOSER to me. Find something else driving that urge. Looking at pictures in magazines would be far more satisfying than an experience like that, and not make you feel so bad afterwards, much less cost you years of your life…or worse.

    • Cojones

      Honest truth. When I got my hands on a Playboy way back when, the first place I turned was to the Centerfold. Nude pictures of someone I will never have sex with is a turnoff to me and I went to the centerfold for the great jokes on the back of the nude. Do they continue to print their jokes there?

  8. Cojones

    Bluto, there are a great number of individuals like Bob who really don’t get it because they have always thought of the legalities first and how to make sure those legalities don’t impact their lives. They refuse to put themselves in a female’s place to experience the horror this must place into the lives of otherwise normal people when raped. Their insensitivity arises from CYA before human decency.

    And I have news for the anti-pot people and that is that pot smoking is more liable to produce limpdick-syndrome before ever doing anything to up your hormone level. Yeah, it will break down your inhibitions and hers also, but it doesn’t enhance the hormone level for either and ends up in a struggle to put a wet noodle up a drunk wildcat’s butt. It ain’t conducive to sexual performance enhancement. I use pot to help me sleep – and to try and shock my UGA compatriot’s sensitivities to it’s usage.

  9. ASEF

    Macd. What three things does drink especially provoke?
    Port. Marry, sir, nose-painting, sleep and urine. Lechery, sir, it provokes, and unprovokes; it provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance; therefore, much drink may be said to be an equivocator with lechery: it makes him, and it mars him; it sets him on, and it takes him off; it persuades him, and disheartens him; makes him stand to, and not stand to; in conclusion, equivocates him in a sleep, and, giving him the lie, leaves him.

    Shakespeare would have been so much more entertaining in high school if we could have spent some time on the dick jokes.

  10. 86BONE

    Why is no one able to say the real reason this BS takes place with football players across the country? Check and see if there were father’s in their lives…check and see if they were taught manners, rules, respect,etc.
    Thugs brought on a change in our society, long shorts, hats worn backwards, pants hanging off, rap music, all from the same breed!
    Someone grab their balls and tell the truth on this blog. I read your remarks weekly, certainly you are all educated gentlemen.

    • Fifty years ago, people were bitching about the evils of long hair and rock ‘n roll music.

      The older generation always thinks kids are punks.

      • Hogbody Spradlin

        I dunno Senator. The societal corrosion seems to have started about then. I kinda think America got to the point in the cycle like the Roman Empire and started to decline.

  11. I now know what Bob Bowsbly did this summer.

  12. Hogbody Spradlin

    Raging hormones don’t rape people. People rape people.