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Defense still wins Championships
This appeared in the latest issue of SI (4/5/04). i'm gonna put the whole text in here so i definitely avoid taking anything out of context.

His detractors say he screamed, broke clipboards and called the girls on his basketball team "fa**ots." But what transformed Daniel Hussong from a controversial high school coach into a legal precedent was his suggesting to a player, in a 1995 meeting at Windsor-Plainsboro High in Princeton Junction, NJ, that she lose weight. Jennifer Besler, who was then 5'8" and 165 pounds, says the advice led to her developing an eating disorder and that she eventually lost so much muscle mass that she had to quit the soccer team at Richmond. Last week a jury awarded Besler, 25, $1.47 million in damages. (Her father, Philip, received $100,000 because he had been gaveled into silence at a 1997 school board meeting at which he had tried to complain.) Besler, a health-care consultant, says her case is about the power that coaches have over kids. "If he had told me to lose 10 pounds to look better in my prom dress, it would have been one thing. But he said it would make me faster, a better player. And that's what I wanted." Hussong, who no longer coaches at the school, is considering an appeal.
basically what i'm seeing is that a coach told a girl to lose weight to get better, and she won 1.5 million dollars! any thoughts?

edit: forgot a million
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Yeah...the entitlement culture in America is out of control...nobody is responsible for their own actions...people are too weak to deal with people criticizing them or even (gasp) being mean to them...and there are plenty of shyster lawyers ready to push their absurd cases.
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gather all the lawyers in the world into one setting....and gas them.....

lawyers and their competition for a living are the greatest single threat to our society today....more so than terrorism.....

you can trace nearly every one of these type of stories to an attorney who is not concerned about what is right....but what pays....
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It's all about the
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you ever serve on a jury....i did...a workers comp case.....i was in college at the time....they voted me formeman of the jury....

anyways....the group of jurors were all of the 'entitlement" philosophy....they awarded this guy over a half mill....and he deserved zero of it.....the discussions were all of the ....hes poor and the company is loaded....lets just give him the money....

i was the lone dissenter on the jury.....
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I guess we are assuming the following sentence from the article

Last week a jury awarded Besler, 25, $1.47 in damages.
was supposed to say $1.47 million, not $1.47. To me, the $1.47 in damages sounds about right (without the million).

I hate to say this, but where were her parents as she was dropping all of this muscle mass?!? She isn't entitled to $1.47 million because her coach was giving her advice to enable her to reach her full potential. Again I ask where were her parents?!?

Coaches do have power over kids, but the sport where this type of mindset (losing weight) could be serious is wrestling. In my area of Ohio, wrestling is popular and my son (9 years old) has been in a youth wrestling club the past 3 years. Some of these wrestling psycho fathers are so out of control with their sons and wrestling that they have their boys cutting weight so they can wrestle in the 65 pound weight class. Nine year old boys cutting 2-3 lbs to make a weight is not healthy and these fathers also serve as the coaches. When I tried to approach them and point out that boys can develop eating disorders just like females can and how it isn't healthy for growing boys to cut weight and maintain a weight from November - April (yes, that's how long many of these boys wrestle), I am told that it is the nature of the sport and everyone else does it. When my son weighed in at 77 pounds and the coaches told me they needed him to wrestle at 75 pounds, I simply said he will wrestle at whatever weight class he fits in. (BTW, he is rail thin and could stand to put on a good 7 - 10 pounds!) As his father, it is my responsibility to ensure his health and to not let the unhealthy cutting of weight enter into his mindset. That is why I keep asking where were the parents of this female while she was dropping lbs to the point of it being a detriment to her health?
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thanks buckiprof. yes, that was supposed to be $1.47 million and yes, $1.47 sounds just about right for her.

your example of wrestling is truly the area where the weight issue probably should be addressed. but when a coach tells a girl (who seemed to be overweight and able to lose 10 pounds) to lose some weight to get better, i see nothing wrong with that.

i'm thinking about eating a ton over the next few weeks, then when my track coach tells me i'll get faster if i lose the weight, i can sue the school... :roll2:
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bucknut11 - I agree wholeheartedly that the loss of 10 lbs would have helped her tremendously and the coach was in the right in telling her so. What pisses me off so much is the lack of intervention by her parents. It is so easy to blame someone else (the coach for example) when the parents should be held somewhat accountable in this too.
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you are missing the point completely...the parents ARE the ones dictating this scenario...

not all parents are like you and i....who live for the well-being of our children....some are of the entitlement life that just wait for this type of chance to make the money....

didnt you see that redneck movie...."joe dirt" ..?
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dihard - Never saw that flick.

I understand your point about the parents. I think the case should have been dismissed since ultimately the parents could have done something. I can't say that the parents were planning this lawsuit once they heard that the coach wanted her to drop some lbs. What appears to have happened is that when the father tried to complain at a school board meeting and was gaveled into silence, that MAY have been the beginning of the lawsuit thinking. In this scenario I say the parents failed in their parenting since by that time it was too late.
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the parents failed by not identifying the problem...they went into the...my child is perfect mode...and any criticism of her is wrong...

what is this world coming to....yeah lets hang a coach because he wants to better a child...my son got a d on his essay...im suing the teacher....

the problem arises from the fact that law schools keep churning out attorneys at a rate that is significantly higher than the attrition rate for attorneys....its a blood bath for money....

many lawyers today are much worse than the classic used car salesman......
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What's really ridiculous is that the little fat beyatch is blaming her "eating disorder" on the coach. GTFOH.

Also, beyatch whined, ""If he had told me to lose 10 pounds to look better in my prom dress, it would have been one thing. But he said it would make me faster, a better player. And that's what I wanted." So, if he instead told her she needed to practice harder, and she hurt herself during the extra practice, would he also be "liable" then?

This country is the legal laughingstock of the world.
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