Unfair Treatment Plagues Even Collegiate Sports

Peter FleischerSenior Writer ISeptember 2, 2008

Yet another example of unfair treatment is on display right now, in my own conference of the Big 12.

This spring, my Missouri Tigers were victim to some poor decisions by their players. Star guard Stefon Hannah had his jaw broken in a fight in downtown Columbia, and it was ALL OVER the news. Holy crap. I couldn't get away from it.

With that, almost half the basketball team was suspended, Hannah was kicked off, and the program took about 20 steps back while trying to recover from the Quinn Snyder era.

Well, this weekend, two Oklahoma Sooner athletes, football player Frank Alexander and basketball guard Ray Willis were stabbed at a local nightclub. Both of them suffered wounds that required surgery, but will fully recover.

Yet this is merely a blip on the news, and probably won't affect the Bob Stoops dynasty at all.

The question is a resounding WHY?!?!

A couple of years ago, Stoops had to kick his starting quarterback off the team, and now a player of his gets STABBED. That is a whole helluva lot worse then Hannah, who got hit with a "one-hitter-quitter" after barking too loudly at a fellow patron.

Quite frankly, it's a load of Baylor's defense (insert expletive here) that teams like the Sooners will get very little negative publicity over this, and will still probably pull in a Top 10 recruiting class.

Am I partially a bitter Missouri Tigers fan who wishes to see the whole football program collapse and struggle? Absolutely! But is there a part of me that thinks this is legitimately terrible? Yes, and this emotion is stronger then even the jealousy factor.

In this fight, people were allegedly wielding knives, guns, and tire irons, and a 19-year-old girl was even run over by a car! That's a whole lot worse then the fist that Hannah was hit with.

I hope that there is a bigger deal made about this, because regardless of my affiliation, this is a terrible occurrence that needs to get addressed.

Bob Stoops is running a program that clearly needs help policing itself, and the NCAA should be more then willing to give him some assistance.