Earlier this week Tom Penders had the gall to stand up for what Aubrey Coleman did to Chase Budinger's face last Saturday, saying that ESPN doctored the video and added the x-ray vision piece to make Aubrey look bad.
What really made Aubrey look bad was stepping on Chase Budinger's face and shoulder. That made him look much worse than adding a little x-ray vision graphic.
Whether or not Coleman looked down to Chase, there is indisputable evidence that he knew Chase was on the ground, based on the fact that he had just gotten called for a charge. He had plenty of time—four steps by my count (five if you count the one on Chase's golden locks)—to stop his forward progress, and I don't know, maybe take a step to the left or right.
But no, he chose to walk over Chase. Most players will help the guy up, even in a competitive rivalry game, or at the very least not step on his face.
In fact, Penders' account that Aubrey is looking up at the ceiling makes Coleman look even worse. It's like he's intentionally trying to make it look like an accident. No one in their right minds (other than Albert Haynesworth), knowing there was a body on the ground in front of them, would take their eyes off of the floor. Most decent people would want to make sure they avoid the person lying on the floor.
Now whether or not Coleman intentionally stepped on Budinger's face is up for debate, but he definitely meant to step, or "accidentally" step, on Budinger. In his interview with 1560 The Game, Penders claims that there is video evidence from other angles that shows Aubrey's innocence.
The only thing I can think of is that the video angles are from a different game where Coleman was called for a charge and didn't intentionally stomp the player in front of him. I'm pretty sure that no matter where the Houston cameras were placed in McKale Center, it's pretty evident that Coleman knew exactly what he was doing...
To continue his quest to overtake Coleman as College Basketball's Biggest Scumbag, Penders went on to say that he had a sports psychologist come in to view the video, and he said it was an accident.
Furthermore, as Penders continues to try to dig the hole deeper, you know you can count on God's honest truth from this psychologist, as he used to work for the Yankees.
I just sit back and wonder if this was the same psychologist who claimed that Clemens "accidentally" chucked a jagged chunk of wood at Mike Piazza back in 2000.
Hell, I'm surprised Penders didn't punctuate his radio interview asking for a public apology from Chase Budinger for almost giving Coleman an ankle sprain or for smudging his Pumas.