Coach's cheating speaks to character

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My children have it much tougher today than my husband and I did growing up. I don't mean financially, because times were much harder for us then. In that respect, my kids are lucky.

What I mean is our pop culture today. We are inundated on a daily basis with the likes of Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, MTV, gun violence, substance abuse, poor role models, etc. How in all that do we parents raise children with morals and values?

That is why what Lakeside High School football coach Jody Grooms did is reprehensible, plain and simple. Whether he should pay with his job is not for me to decide. I am aware that his livelihood is at stake here, but maybe he should have thought of that before he executed this illegal play.

What is more troubling is that his players knowingly cooperated with this act of deception. I was told by a Lakeside parent that they actually practiced this play. Did any one of his players not speak up and question ts legality? Were they even aware that it was illegal?

One senior player said that Coach Grooms has taught them about pride. Webster defines pride as "a sense of personal dignity; a feeling of pleasure because of something achieved, done or owned; to be proud." Is anyone involved with this episode proud of their actions? Is the Lakeside community that supports Coach Grooms proud of him?

Jody Grooms is a teacher of our children. Like it or not, teachers should be held to a higher standard. School sports are just an extension of the classroom, where valuable lessons should be taught about loyalty, teamwork and honesty. I often tell our two young sons that our actions define our character. Jody Grooms' actions speak volumes about his character.

I certainly hope that the school board demonstrates to our school community that they, too, are as committed to raising children with strong morals and values as we parents are.

Sheila Pedraza, Martinez


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