“Colin W. Byrd, 17, of Kansas City allegedly twisted the helmet off a Winnetonka High School player during a third-quarter play that ended with the two players tumbling out of bounds, court records said. Byrd then hit his opponent in the head with the helmet, the records say. Prosecutors charged Byrd with misdemeanor assault. The 17-year-old victim still has concussion symptoms, including nausea and memory loss, that have kept him from returning to school since the Oct. 18 game, Platte County prosecutors said. He did not play the rest of the season, which ended Nov. 11.”
Glenn E. Rice and Christine Vendel, writers, on the Platte County R3 football player charge with assault, Kansas City Star
GH: Getting charged by the police for assault in a high school football game is beyond unusual – but is it wrong? Is an ejection from the game and a 15-yard penalty penance enough for allegedly hitting someone in the head with their own helmet? Read on.
“I don’t believe what happened on that football field that night was football. What happened there was not part of the play. It is our allegation that it went beyond the game of football and became an assault.”
Eric Zahnd, Platte County Prosecutor, Kansas City Star
GH: Zahnd and his office are treating this like a crime investigation – which I think all parties involved should welcome. Let’s find out if Byrd is truly guilty of this heinous act. If he is, the high school gridiron should not protect him from prosecution. If he is not, he deserves to be exonerated by the same media that is vilifying him.
“These types of incidents go on all over. You have soccer players in St. Louis punching each other. There seems to be a witch hunt against the sport of high school football. I don’t think a 17-year-old should be charge for an incident that happened in a game. I have a problem when the legal system steps into sports because what kind of a Pandora’s Box have we opened? Are we now going to get the prosecutor involved in everything that happens in a game?”
Jay Binkley, 610 AM
GH: Binkley doesn’t seem to be concerned about whether or not Byrd committed this act or not. He simply thinks that if it happens between the lines of a high school athletic event, let the rules of the game handle his punishment. Why should a high school uniform allow a criminal act to go unprosecuted? This does not go on “all over.” And when we discover incidents like this, those of us who love high school athletics should be the loudest advocates of squashing this kind of bestial behavior. There is no place in any amateur sporting event for intentional assault – especially swinging a helmet at the unprotected head of another athlete. It’s just barbaric.
“If you want to suspend him or put him on the highway picking up trash, alright. But he shouldn’t be sitting in jail for a year… The legal system and sports, man. I’ve never been a
Jay Binkley, 610 AM
GH: Binkley just doesn’t understand how his comments are hurting the game he loves. If Byrd is guilty – and I don’t know any more than most – he needs to be prosecuted, sentenced and treated like a criminal. Otherwise, high school football becomes a sanctuary for madness.
“Win two games and (Mizzou) is in the SEC Championship game.”
Steven St. John, with MU’s upcoming games at Ole Miss and their home finale against Texas A&Manziel, 810 AM
“There have been a lot of unusual games in the SEC this season where Missouri could have shown up with their C- game and still won.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Is the SEC as easy as KK likes to tell us it is? If MU brings their C- game to Oxford Saturday night, they are going to flunk football this semester. I believe KK’s taunts at the quality of play in the SEC diminishes what MU and Gary Pinkel have accomplished in their second year in the conference – which is extraordinary.
“It’s going to be our last game at home. It’s going to be senior night. It’s going to be a sellout crowd. And it’s going to be loud. You guys haven’t been on the west side of the (SEC) conference yet. You’re getting ready to find out what that’s all about this weekend when you get in here.”
Harry Harrison, former Ole Miss player and current Rebels’ color analyst, in an interview with The Border Patrol on 810 AM
GH: Anyone who thinks this game at Ole Miss is a walkover for Mizzou has been listening to too much KK. If MU does spank Archie’s old team it is a testament to just how good these Tigers are this season – and in no way slight’s the talent that Mississippi has gathered in Oxford. This one should be one helluva SEC struggle.
“We don’t have wide receivers as tall as Missouri but we’ve got some tall lanky receivers that can go get it good.”
Harry Harrison, 810 AM
GH: Harrison has that beautiful Mississippi southern accent and intonation that just smells like football. Even over the radio.
“Downtown Oxford is absolutely one of the finest college towns in America.”
Harry Harrison, 810 AM
GH: If I was single and stupid, I would be taking Friday off and heading to The Grove. Unfortunately for my wife, I am merely the latter.
“I was thinking about this team this morning when I was taking a shower. I love this team. I love every team but this team’s been special.”
Gary Pinkel, in an interview with Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: I have to admit, Evan Boehm has never crossed my mind while I was in the shower…
“That bye was good for us. This bye came at about as good as you can get a bye. It was a good spot to have it for us. The biggest thing for us was to get away from the physical part of it but also the mental part of it. The mental grind you go through in preparation to play your best game is significant.”
Gary Pinkel, 810 AM
GH: Let’s see what Pinkel can do with his perfectly positioned bye week. I cannot wait to watch this game Saturday night.
“If this team is going to be successful, Dwayne Bowe needs to get better.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: I am starting to be concerned that Bowe has gone Jack Nicholson on the Chiefs – in As Good As It Gets. Signing Bowe may prove to be John Dorsey’s first major blunder. He doesn’t appear to be anywhere near the receiver he once was.
“Only primetime TV shows that had more viewers than Broncos-Chiefs game: Super Bowl, Academy Awards, Grammy Awards.”
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