Just For A Plastic Trophy, Coach?
In the best story this week not related to pervy congressmen texting teenage boys about their masturbatory rituals, Mark Downs, a coach of a little league team in Uniontown, PA, was sentenced to one to six years in jail for offering an 8-year old player $25 to bean his 9-year old autistic teammate because the kid wasn't very good and the coach really, really wanted to win the game. Money in pocket, the 8-year old then threw intentionally errant balls at his disabled teammate's ear and groin.
Where to start?
First, yes, there is a special place in hell reserved for Mark Downs. Second, $25? That's the going rate for putting a hit out on an autistic little leaguer? Either that 8-year old has no soul and would have done the deed had the coach simply said "please," or he can't negotiate for squat.
And third, I think karma will play a delicious role in this little incident. You paid $25 to injure an autistic child, Mark? Well get ready because someone's about to pay a carton of cigarettes to make you prom queen of cell block D.