Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Boys will be boys

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins captain Nathan Smith will be suspended for
the first game of the second round of the playoffs, coach Todd Richards announced Tuesday morning.

Smith was charged with public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, open lewdness and indecent exposure after he ran naked into the street as part of what he called "a prank that went wrong" early Sunday morning in Scranton.

It's young men running around naked at 2:30 in the morning. Is it a good idea? No. Was their alcohol probably involved? Yes. But at least they weren't driving or brawling or being aggressive to women. Plenty of worse stories happen at this time.

On the other hand, Smith is the captain of the team and is a professional. He should be acting a little more mature and owes it to the organization, fans and his teammates to not put himself in a situation where he's streaking around during the playoffs

This article doesn't mention it, but teammate Ryan Stone was also arrested for public drunkeness, his 2nd one of this season. Not good.

We're not the moral police and don't tell others how to run their lives; we're no saints ourselves. But having fun and rockin' out is one thing, but being smart and keeping your head on your shoulders is another. Hopefully the lessons sink in to not only Smith and Stone but other young players on the team about responsibility (or at least how to stay under the radar).

(Credit the Baby Pens news to who else, Bombulie)

1 comment:

The Peerless said...

Well, it was Scranton, after all...

Seriously, though, I'd be a little worried about Stone...two incidents of public drunkenness in one season?

He's either incredibly stupid, or he has a problem.