To err is human . . .

In college football, Hawaii Football on August 1, 2009 at 6:50 pm

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University of Hawaii Head Football Coach Greg McMackin has been suspended for 30 days without pay for the remarks he made during the 2009 Western Athletic Conference annual football media days held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Coach McMackin said some things he should not have said, but quickly apologized. Upon arriving in Hawaii, he faced the media again, accepted his “beating”, and repeated his remorse.

It takes a lot courage to face-up to one’s shortcomings and accept punishment for one’s actions. Not only did McMackin display courage when confronting the media, his apology also conveyed a sense of honesty, sincerity, and humility towards those he offended.

Now what about those he offended? Head Coach Charlie Weis of Notre Dame admits disappointment in Coach McMackin’s attempt to publicly belittle the Fighting Irish, but made it clear that McMackin’s apology was accepted and vowed to move forward as he heads into the 2009 season.

As far as others who may have been offended, it appears that Coach McMackin’s public apology, suspension, pay decrease and vow to public service . . . is only a start. Personally, I believe Coach McMackin has suffered enough.

There is something to be said about the character of individuals who know how to forgive others. I’m not talking about forgiving others as long as they get what’s coming to them, or forgiving others if they prove certain things. I’m talking about honest, sincere, and humble forgiveness . . . right off the bat. No strings attached. No provisions. No conditions.

In this country, we are free to say what we wish, but we are not free to choose the consequences. Coach McMackin chose to say certain things and he is now suffering the repercussions.

It’s up to us to choose how we react to the situation. Do we continue to publicly humiliate this man, until he is molded and conformed into something a group of people thinks he should become, and finally find him worthy of forgiveness? Or, do we acknowledge his mistake, forgive him, allow him his freedom to choose, and have faith that lessons have been learned?

Coach McMackin has been asked to prove his tolerance, sensitivity and acceptance towards all people. It’s only fair that he be given the same courtesy.

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