While the policy is one step in the right direction for sexual assault prevention among college athletes, the NCAA continues to lack any meaningful, systemic oversight in how coaches and universities should handle sexual assault allegations, and even convictions. Without any uniform standards, it still leaves too much subjectivity among the universities for how they handle accusations and investigations. The NCAA and president Mark Emmert continue to fail to seize control of a troubled system failing young women.
At the time, I remembered him from his Dallas Mavericks days, his final stop before a three-year sojourn through international basketball and the G-League
Gerald was humiliated, said Ken Williams, previously his high school coach and now his mentor. He was humiliated. I know he was. But he never said nothing about it to me. He just said, ‘Coach, I had to go through something and now I’m back.’
If there were such a thing as controlling your own destiny (which there isn’t, because destiny can’t be controlled), the Ravens would control theirs. Win their final two games, both at home, against Colts and Bengals teams with a combined eight wins as of this week, and they’re a wild card. The Colts looked as if they hit a wall last Thursday in losing badly to the Broncos and Brock Osweiler. The Ravens’ Alex Collins is doing sort of a reincarnation of Justin Forsett: out of nowhere and into the top 10 in NFL rushing (844 yards).
The Cavaliers and the Celtics will face each other once more this season on Feb. 11, and they certainly could meet in the postseason. At some point, Thomas will play his old team, even if its not during Wednesday’s highly anticipated clash. Those feelings will exist then, too.
Thomas has spent his entire career searching for a team that wanted him. He was the last pick in the 2011 NBA draft, unappreciated in Sacramento, and made available for a trade in Phoenix. When Thomas and Boston connected, and when the 5’9 scoring guard blossomed last season, it looked like he might have found a more welcoming home.