There was a time in our country when honor was important, but as fans of the University of Arkansas continue to support Bobby Petrino in the wake of a recent scandal, we’re questioning whether honor means much of anything anymore.
Petrino, who at one time coached the Atlanta Falcons and left under a cloud of distrust, has run into more trouble. He was injured in a serious motorcycle accident April 1 that also involved a 25-year-old female assistant. Petrino admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with the assistant, but only after he was caught in his initial lie. Petrino had been placed on administrative leave after the revelation, and was still employed by Arkansas up until late Monday evening.
In our opinion, he should have been fired sooner and never allowed the chance to be in a position to influence another young person’s life because he’s proven he can’t be trusted.
Petrino’s football program meant millions to the University of Arkansas and he won games, and as a result, thousands of Arkansas fans have come out in support of this man in spite of his lies and affair, all for the sake of victory.
It’s disgraceful. Sure, young people need to be taught how to win; that’s how our country has become the envy of the world. But they should not be taught to win at any cost, and above all they should not be taught to lie.
Bobby Petrino is not a hero. He is a disgrace not only to himself and his family, but to every young person he has ever convinced to follow his principles.