I am thoroughly disgusted and I don’t know where to start and what to say. I read the entire article and immediately called Block’s office. I spoke to his secretary, who is so nice. I felt bad for her as I know she must be taking alot of the heat in phone calls. A really nice person.
Look, I am a teacher. I work with kids everyday. I also coach. I know what the responsibilities are as a coach and what is expected each and everyday with athletes. They may be high school athletes, but an athlete is still an athlete……regardless of age.
Has anyone seen the news lately and what has been going on. Anyone see the story about the kid who killed his classmates the other day? Did anyone hear about the poor boy who was apparently bullied at Crescenta Valley High School and at lunchtime decided he had enough and jumped off the second story at the school head first to his death? Well guess what…….bullying played a part.
I hate frickin bullies. I may be making a giant leap here but for Ben Howland to allow Reeves Nelson and others to bully players and get away with it is despicable! I am so irate right now just thinking about it. This is not about wins and losses. This is about an adult, the coach, protecting those being bullied, the student-athletes. Plain and simple, Ben Howland failed at this and he should be fired for it.
Does anyone now understand why Tyler Honeycutt and Malcolm Lee didn’t want to come back this year, when it was clear to everyone (who didn’t know what was going on) that it would be in their best interests to stay. Does everyone now understand why Moser and Co. decided to leave? Because they were in a hostile environment in which they apparently feared for not only their safety, but had lost complete trust and faith in the coach and administration to protect them. How about Matt Carlino!! Now we know why he abruptly left. I am embarrassed by the way he was treated and feel so bad for him. To know he was treated so poorly is a crime. Tyler Trapani? Are you kidding me!?! We treated the grandson of the great John Wooden with such little respect? Really? Ben Howland allowed that to happen?
I am so pissed I want to go to the next game and just rip on Howland from the sideline and let him know how I feel. I want him to feel how those kids must of felt for just a few minutes. Howland is the biggest bully on the block for letting that happen. Granted, Reeves is a complete joke as a human being and a total embarrassment as a person. He should never be allowed to walk on that campus every again. However, Ben Howland is the one person who had the power to make it end right away. He had the power to squash it. He knew of all the problems that Reeves Nelson had before he came to UCLA. He knew that the leash needed to be short. But he let it happen. There is no sugarcoating it………………Ben Howland allowed kids to be physically abused, verbally abused, and he mistreated all those in his care, including managers, coaches, and players. For that, I will never, EVER, believe in him or forgive him for what he has done. As far as I am concerned, he is a memory. I will never support him, for as long as he is associated with UCLA.
As an educator, I am disgusted by him and how he allowed these young men to be abused while at our great university. As a parent, I am sickened at how he allowed those in his charge to be bullied and abused on a daily basis……….so much so that they would do anything to get out. All I can say is that both Ben Howland and Reeves Nelson are lucky that it isn’t one of my kids that they abused, cause I would have kicked the living shit out of both of them. Ben Howland abused his power and allowed others to abuse theirs………..at the expense of kids. In our current world, that is about as bad as it gets.