The Associated Press is reporting that two Western Kentucky University football players were shot outside a bar in Bowling Green, Kent. Reports say that the shooting took place Saturday night, just a few hours after the team’s spring game, outside an off-campus bar called the Lava Lounge.
The students, sophomore defensive tackle Tevin Holliman and freshman defensive back Ricardo Singh, were each shot once, but both are expected to survive. The report claims Hilltoppers head coach Willie Taggart has spoken to the parents of both players.
According to the report, neither victim was in possession of a firearm at the time of the shootings:
The school says neither player was carrying a gun.
Neither player saw the field much in 2011, but were looking to emerge as possible starters as the next season approached. It is still uncertain where the duo were shot physically, so the timeline for their return to health is unknown.
In what is absolutely the worst nightmare of every parent that sends their child to college, this scene shows an ever-present problem of unnecessary violence. While details around the case are still very vague, there is no excuse good enough to warrant the shooting of two human beings.
With the players safe and recovering in the hospital, the football program should continue to operate as normal. When the victims make their recoveries, they will return to the field when and if they are able.
No matter what the cause of the shooting, this should be a message to Western Kentucky and every college around the country that this kind of sad incident that can be avoided by being smart and staying away from situations that could possibly lead to trouble.
Let’s just hope the young men make it through healthy and recover fully.