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By Jodi Westrick  |  May 5, 2010; 11:54 AM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Should be two questions. Should the UVA woman's team continue to play? Should the men's team continue to play? If the woman's team decide that playing would be a good way of honoring their teammate, let them. As for the men's team, the University should take action against the coach and others responsible for allowing this young man to continue representing the school after his violent episode with a woman police officer. His teammates would have been aware of his violent tendencies, and in a sense of some shared sense of responsibility they should stop their season. And if not, the UVA administration should stop it for them.

Posted by: jimcburg | May 5, 2010 2:31 PM

Thank you JIMCBURG for your comment. As the accused's, and the team's, personal confidant, therapist and confessor your perspective makes great sense. What? What's that?... your not? Then how do you know what was going on in the mind of any of the persons you reference, or what they knew or didn't know? Or how they did or didn't act. Exactly - you don't.
The act is absolutely disgusting, and the evidence points to his guilt. However, you paint with an extremely broad brush in implying, if not actually accusing his teammates of any action or inaction, as though it were preordained.

Posted by: overed | May 5, 2010 4:13 PM

GO 'HOOS!!!! WAHOOWAH UVA!!! Go Mens and Womens Lacrosse we are all rooting for you in this hard time.

Posted by: 39durham | May 5, 2010 4:44 PM

the men's team should be questioned by the police for what they knew and when they knew it.
The woman's team should play in honor of their murdered Team mate

Posted by: newagent99 | May 5, 2010 6:24 PM

America stop placing blame on everybody and put the blame squarely where it should be George Hughley.

Our kids are a bunch of brats because they can always place blame and somebody buys it. The men's lacrosse team did not murder this young lady, he did.

Where does it stop, yeah his team saw he had but hole tendencies, and i bet they befriended or dealt with him accordingly. I bet the young lady noticed and wanted out of the relationship accordingly. Where does it end, this is the mentality that gets to the point of blaming the victim. there's always somebody to blame.

Posted by: oknow1 | May 5, 2010 6:24 PM

This is a stupid question. On it's face, there is no reason why either team should discontinue its season.

It's one thing if the teams decided on their own to do so, but for people unconnected to the case or the school to weigh in on this... although I suppose it is a comment on how much attention this case is receiving.

Posted by: hypo | May 5, 2010 6:39 PM

If Ms. Love and that Hughley fellow had died in a car accident, the question of whether of the lacrosse teams should complete their season would be moot.

Of course the teams would complete their season.

The larger issue, of course, is the degree to which George Hughley and his apparent disregard for anyone but himself has been enabled by his upbringing.

We don't need the 'ole John Hinkley defense, one that a wealthy family can provide for Hughley.

George Hughley should man up, accept responsibility for what he has allegedly done, and accept the punishment that the state of Virginia will dole out.

Our society will be much better off if George Hughley if placed in a prison for, let's say, a minimum of 80 years without the possibility of parole.

Posted by: retiree11 | May 5, 2010 6:42 PM

The boys teams, there and elsewhere

should look to the thugs that they field in the name of "sports".
How long since anybody heard the term
sportsmanship on the field?'

And their behavior off the field, heard and unheard of, is sickening. Campus heros were always full of it. These brats are
something else. College and pro.

Posted by: whistling | May 5, 2010 7:15 PM

Yes, the teams should continue to play. They SHOULD NOT continue to party, nor should their coaches continue to "permit drinking" on Saturdays only.

Play: yes. Drink: no.

Posted by: Post-ing | May 5, 2010 7:57 PM

Yes, the teams should play with our full support.

My other fear is that Huguely will go to trial with a defense similar to Robert Chambers, the infamous Central Park murderer in NYC in the 1980's. He picked up a girl at a well-known bar, took into Central Park, strangled her, and claimed they were involved in kinky stuff and she accidentally strangled herself. He was put away, and released two years ago. His words and actions as a defendant shocked the New York City region for a long time. No remorse, no admission.

Posted by: good4prose | May 5, 2010 8:12 PM


As long as collegiate sports bends almost every rule in the book to assemble a winning (i.e.: endowment-fattening) team, they'll allow murderers, drunks, druggies and thugs. The only sin apparently is when the offensive behavior catches media attention.

Whether it's recruiting highschoolers who play well then get no education, or hooligan behavior by "athletes" who think the sun sets in their jockstraps, college athletics is just another commercial assault on the honor of all of us who participate in the spectacle.

Until college athletes are understood to be real STUDENTS (and yes I know SOME are) who must pass their tests themselves, write their essays themselves, and get an actual education... until that time, college sports is no more "collegiate" than "pro" wrestling.

It doesn't matter any longer how the game is played, but only how much money the team manages to raise from besotted alumni when n the fundraisers are mailed.

So the coaches and facilitators turn a blind eye on repeat thugghish behavior. It's all a big Noh play.

As. Long. As. We. Win... nothing else matters. Party on, Wayne.

Posted by: Zino | May 5, 2010 8:15 PM

Chambers was the "preppy killer," but he was from modest circumstances and attended prep schools on scholarships. He was a college dropout. He had been out of jail for some time and was sentenced two years ago to 19 years in prison (drug charges). One thing he has in commong with Huguely is that he had at least one altercation with the police and was in trouble for various other things before going on to kill.

Posted by: readerny | May 5, 2010 8:20 PM

In case that's not clear... sorry I got carried away... YES, let 'em play. IT would be a cynical charade to stop the party just because somebody got killed.

This college-sports machine feels neither pity nor remorse. It's all up to the damage-control people now. It's going to be determined by the PR folks who need the right angle to feed the press so the whole thing fades away like oil washing up on a beach.

The networks and cable channels BROADCAST these players... they're TV stars bringing in big ad revenue from lite-beer and cheez-itz. Don't expect the media to foul their own dinner plates. The corporate press sees this whole thing as infotainment anyway... including the murder.

It's bleeding and it's leading.

Posted by: Zino | May 5, 2010 8:23 PM

I don't think the coaches gave any consideration as to whether any of the players will be needed for questioning as witnesses for the prosecution or even the defense. This is a murder investigation and all other activties must yield to it.

Posted by: ballybay | May 5, 2010 8:31 PM

If the players and coaches want to continue their season, then it's up to them to do so. Perhaps this will be their way of dealing with their grief and it's their right to grieve in any manner that they wish. Neither team is guilty of any crime on an individual who is a former team member.

Posted by: nb3c | May 5, 2010 8:44 PM

Zino is my hero. He/she is absolutely right. I'm a faculty member at another ACC school that takes itself seriously and its sports more seriously still, and I agree that the only "tragedy" the UVa athletics empire sees in this horrific crime is the bad image it casts on their name.

Posted by: js711 | May 5, 2010 8:45 PM

what a stupid question...
what happenned has nothing to do with the games they performed...
if we play that game, is basketball full of thugs...
since some have ended in jail and killing someone, should we suspend them from playing...

Posted by: DwightCollins | May 5, 2010 8:57 PM

I'm not sure about the men's team. I played on the women's soccer team at my own university & we were very close with the men. The two teams hung out all the time and I can't imagine something like this happening. You're so close to your teammates in college, and influence each other quite a bit. Bc of that one would hope the guys would have reigned him in, or looked out for her. Anyway, out of deference to the women's team they might consider suspending their season, and instead spend some time thinking about the type of behavior they're allowing in their ranks, and what they want from their team. They clearly were not doing enough.

Posted by: stephl6 | May 5, 2010 9:40 PM

Why isn't the question this: "Should the mens' coach be fired?" In light of the young man's behavior in Lexington two years ago, it is obvious that UVA puts winning over Jeffersonian ideals. It's a good thing that the chief witch-doctor, John Casteen, is departing - the new chief has a big mess to clean up.

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Posted by: eertyetrirytuetiuyt | May 5, 2010 10:03 PM

Seriously? This is the pressing question?

How about, "should colleges and universities do more to address dating violence on campus?"

I leave it up to the UVA administrators, athletes, and coaches to decide what they can cope with.

And expect the Post to look at the news angles of the story: dating violence on campuses, how complaints are handled, whether there is an atmosphere of openness on these issues, how young people are taught to recognize and intervene in potentially violent situations. You know, the kinds of issues that make future terrible incidents like this preventable, as this one was, with better education and access to resources.

Posted by: dclioness1 | May 5, 2010 10:24 PM

I have to question what type of team has a murderer on it. The men's lacrosse team at UVa must have known there was something very wrong with this man, and they tolerated it. They need to think very deeply about what type of culture they are building there, and why this person was included, and why they didn't do more to prevent this from happening or to get him help. I do think suspending their season is appropriate.

Posted by: stephl6 | May 5, 2010 11:08 PM

Sadly,she is gone, and he is "gone" to where he belongs. Life must go on.

Posted by: editor4tonio | May 6, 2010 2:40 AM

This is a ridiculous question! Why on earth would the teams not keep playing? Why do you punish the teams for the actions of one individual who clearly wasn't acting in a manner sanctioned by the University? I bet you'll find that the only people voting "no" are the fans of teams that are regularly losing to the Virginia squads. Go Hoos!

Posted by: Jayne | May 6, 2010 8:29 AM

My understanding is that the university left the decision of whether both teams should continue their seasons or not up to Ms. Love's family. (They chose yes.)

Posted by: lshafer8 | May 6, 2010 8:44 AM

How is the team to blame for one person's actions? I, as well as every one of you, knows people who are jerks or who have alcohol or drug problems. Does this mean that if one of them kills somebody, I'm somehow to blame for not making the huge mental leap to decide for myself: jerk = murderer? How can you possibly know?

Get off your high horses.

Posted by: DurhamBully | May 6, 2010 8:58 AM

Continuing in the face of adversity is part of the ethic of sportsmanship; I'm sure the athletes and their parents want to play on and finish the season. Anyway, how fair would it be for those who had nothing to do with the tragedy to be deprived of their right to continue doing what may be very important to them? Football teams have some 40 or more players and something happens to one of them every season, but I notice that football never stops...

Posted by: razzl | May 6, 2010 9:09 AM

This question was formulated and thought through with the logic of a three year old. It's like taking a poll about custody in a divorce case and asking "Should the parents get custody of the child in the divorce?"-- instead of asking whether the mother or father should have it. These teams are apples and oranges in this situation. The question should be broken out into two. What you have here is not worth answering. Glad to see an editor cleared this one before it went out.

Posted by: roarkisalive | May 6, 2010 9:42 AM

this poll is mute point bc the love family already addressed the teams and told them to play on...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | May 6, 2010 10:48 AM

Of course the teams should play. Tragedy or not the BEST therapy for both teams is play as a rememberance to Yeardly.

Posted by: memyselfI1 | May 6, 2010 5:20 PM

Inamtes posing as athletes.
UVA should be ashamed they did not reign in these thugs prior to this.

Posted by: bam1969 | May 6, 2010 5:29 PM

OH Hell no...

why should a little thing like beating a fellow student to death by banging her head against a wall, over and over some thug from the "SPORTS" part of the university
reault in the cancellation of the games?
Show some more of how tough and aggressive the "boys" are.

It's SO Abundantly clear that their field play is making them much finer citizens, as "sports" is meant to do.

We're becoming a nation of savages. Like the films and videos these hideous little thugs watch and emulate. LIke ISrael at war. Sick!

Posted by: whistling | May 10, 2010 5:38 PM

Well, it's just West Virginia.

They're hardly civilized anyway. Perfect
Tea Party Red Neck types.

Posted by: whistling | May 10, 2010 5:39 PM

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