Watching this embarrassing display of legal representation (yes, I’m using that term loosely)…
… immediately brought to mind this classic moment in the annals of Georgia jurisprudence.
… There are three bulldogs, former mascots of the school, buried behind one end zone at Georgia’s Sanford Stadium. Joining them there, in a fourth grave, ought to be the opening argument as uttered for the ages by Hale Almand, the attorney for Ervin and Trotter. While conceding that, indeed, the university does give preferential treatment to athletes and that, to be sure, Kemp is a good teacher, Almand wrote the epitaph for his case by also saying, of the typical educationally deficient jock: “We may not make a university student out of him, but if we can teach him to read and write, maybe he can work at the post office rather than as a garbage man when he gets through with his athletic career.”
University officials understandably blanched at that. Vince Dooley, the football coach and athletic director, said, “I told him [Almand] that was a terrible statement. He couldn’t have done a worse thing.” But matters did get worse. As a poignant footnote to Almand’s statement, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that Landy Ewings, a black football player who had gone through the remedial program and had dropped out of Georgia in 1983 after three years at the school, had taken a job working on a garbage truck in Athens, the university’s hometown.
I don’t think poignant is the word I’d use to describe that, but I digress.
Tell me, is there another state in the country where lawyers raise the “our education system blows, so you must find in favor of my dumb-ass client” defense the way Georgia lawyers do? Asking for a moronic friend…
What? Oh, yeah. Have at it in the comments.