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Family Must Ask ‘What Really Happened?’
Because it seems that the report from UNT supports the fact that Dominique Green is a hothead, a loose cannon, someone who cannot conform to rules and regulations. Why do I say that? Because he got himself suspended for being insubordinate to an assistant coach and instead of being man enough to admit that he was wrong in his own actions, he has blamed someone else for them.
The same can be said for Mr. Chatman because he also has not taken responsibility for his actions of not being at a mandatory workout. These actions by these two men coincide with black males not being able to handle instructions, rules and regulations well and they are fitting a pattern where it is always somebody else’s fault and never their own. In other words, these actions usually come up with the words, “the white man is holding me down” reference.
It may be a bold statement for me to say that Mr. Green’s complaint is nothing more than sour grapes but then again how can I not find that to be the case? He has sent his complaint to the Denton chapter of the NAACP and they have already postponed TWO appearances for interviews at the school?
Hello, is anyone seeing this picture come into focus or am I the only one seeing this complaint become nothing more than a smoke screen to a bigger problem. Erika Cain, the NAACP representative for the area, has not made herself available for comment by the media since this story broke and that, in itself, is quite odd by NAACP standards. Yes, I am questioning whether Green and Chatman have a case and I’m questioning it quite loudly.
Racial discrimination is serious business and as I have wrote in a previous op/ed about this topic, I feel very strongly about having a zero tolerance towards anyone who violates the sanctity and trust of the university process. In my piece I wrote that if Dodge and his staff were found to be guilty of discriminating against these young men, then he needed to be fired from his position.
Yet I also said that if Green’s complaint came back as nothing more than a disgruntled player trying to make himself look good by false accusations, he needed to be removed from the team and possibly kicked out of school if his GPA did not meet the standards set.
Well the internal investigation has come back and Green’s accusations are looking mighty hollow right now. It is time for Mr. Green to face the music and look for another place to play football if he so desires.
But I have to also look at Ms. Green and her family because they need to help everyone get to the bottom of this accusation. It is perfectly normal for her, as a mother, to believe in her son but these are serious allegations and she needs to make absolutely sure that her son did not precipitate his own departure from the team.
He needs to ask Dominique point blank and let him know on no uncertain terms that she will not tolerate being an accessory to a lie. She, as a mother, needs to take the evidence that the school has and do her own interrogation of her son.
She needs to ask him about his past troubles and ask him why he disrespected a coach? Basically she needs to ask him, “Dominique, what really happened and don’t lie to me”. She needs to be willing to hear the truth no matter how painful it may be.
Ms. Green and her family need to be willing to ask Dominique those questions because if they do not, they will be living a lie. Whether she likes it or not, the University of North Texas took her son’s complaint seriously because if they didn’t, they would have to answer to much higher powers.
For them, they do not need the NCAA or the federal government looking into possible civil rights violations. They took the extraordinary step in trying to make sure that all parties had their chance to stake their claim and they let the investigation come forth where it would reveal itself by the evidence that was presented.
Ms. Green needs to understand is that Dominique had violated a sacred trust not only to his teammates and staff but also to the school itself. As a student athlete, Dominique was a member of a group of students who represented the university at all times.
He was an ambassador and he vowed to be nothing but a positive example when he went to that school and represented the Mean Green on the gridiron. But his job didn’t stop there; it was a 24/7, 365 job that he didn’t take seriously. It is the very reason why he was ultimately suspended indefinitely from the football team; because he didn’t fulfill his obligations of being a positive ambassador to the school.
That is why it is so imperative for Ms. Green and her family to press her son for the truth. It’s not easy to get kicked off of a Division 1 football team but it isn’t hard either. She needs to ask her son for the truth Dominique needs to get off his high horse and admit to whatever culpability he may have.
If not, then we will once again see a serious allegation be used for nothing more than the personal gain of someone who just couldn’t follow the rules.