A Los Angeles Laker, Kwame Brown, has been accused of sexual assault. As with last week's rape allegation against a U.S.C. football player, there have been no calls for firing the Laker's coach or for the suspension of the Laker's continued participation in the playoffs. In fact, Phil Jackson seems to think the issue of whether one of his players raped a woman is only a distraction:
Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson said before the game that he had spoken with Brown about the matter.
"I did say something to Kwame: 'You know we have three priorities -- basketball, basketball and family. That's it.'"
Jackson said Brown would play his usual minutes in the game, "if he can focus and play through this. I'm sure it's a distraction."
"We're not even going to discuss it," Jackson said. "It's a basketball team and we've got to focus on what we need to do."
Can anyone imagine the reaction if the Duke lacrosse coach had said anything like this when his players were accused of rape? Does Phil get a pass just because he is Phil, or are there different rules for athletes depending on the sport, or what?