“If it’s a toxic culture, you can sniff it out pretty quickly.”

Whoa, baby.  Maryland booster reacts to Jordan McNair’s death… by blaming McNair.

“As much as we hate to say this, Jordan didn’t do what Jordan was supposed to do,” Jaklitsch said. “A trainer like Wes Robinson thinks a kid’s properly hydrated and runs a drill set up for kids that are properly hydrated, and when the kid didn’t drink the gallon he knew he had to drink, that’s going to send the wrong signal to the person running the drill.”

If the folks conducting the investigation are looking for signs of a toxic culture at Maryland, I think I know where they can start.


Filed under Big Ten Football, The Body Is A Temple

9 responses to ““If it’s a toxic culture, you can sniff it out pretty quickly.”

  1. Go Dawgs!

    Nuke it from orbit and move on.

    I am happy to see the NCAA announce findings of rules violations at Baylor, so don’t take this as any sort of criticism of the NCAA’s efforts to impose sanctions based on non-competition violations. Go for it, schools involved in coverups of sexual abuse and violence deserve to be punished in as many different ways as possible. That said, if the NCAA can scorch the earth in Happy Valley (later unscorched) and Baylor, they can certainly find the time to raze College Park, Maryland for this business.


  2. Cojones

    “Death by cop” suicides evolve into “death by coach” suicides. We knew it was just a matter of time.

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  3. ChiliDawg

    There is a deep rooted culture in this country of victim blaming. Attack the woman who tells her story of being raped by a powerful politician. Attack the kid who died as a result of negligence by a powerful coach. Attack the victim of a police shooting who was gunned down for reaching for his wallet. It’s always their fault somehow. It’s easy to just chalk it up to racism in most cases, but it goes beyond that, doesn’t it? It’s as if there’s this facade of America that hides a cancerous reality about certain institutions, and a segment of people who will do ANYTHING to avoid acknowledging the cracks in the facade, as if the cancer it’s hiding will just go away. But it just gets worse. And the shouts to do something about it get worse, while the shouts to drown out those calls to action get even louder, meanwhile the facade continues to crumble all around us.


    • Napoleon BonerFart

      It’s just a worship of authority. Holding police accountable means less power for the state, which is bad. Player safety means less power for schools and administrators, which is bad. Conservative judges may rule against politicians and the state, which is bad. So attack the messenger and support the powers that be.


  4. The Dawg abides

    I wonder what Jaklitsch, personal injury lawyer’s opinion would be if this happened at say Rutgers, and the family retained him as their attorney.


    • Minnesota Dawg

      I had the same thought while reading this.

      These lame booster comments, excuses for the coaches of these black-eye programs are the equivalent to the adamant defenses, denials for close family members excused of a crime. Incredulous, unwavering, and blindly biased.


  5. Napoleon BonerFart

    Yep. Good trainers know how to keep players right on the verge of death.