Now, as cool as this video is, and all the funny things that the internet has done with it, there is a part of this story that seems to be coming up in conversations that makes me sick. Frankly, it shows just how stupid our society has become.
In common conversation, I’ve heard people say things like, “Schlegel should’ve just let security handle it,” or “Ohio State could get sued because he tackled that kid.”
First of all, I call BS on both counts. Anybody who really believes that kind of crap, I mean really believes it, is fooling themselves.
Second of all, let’s apply some common sense to the situation.
Should Schlegel have waited for security to take action instead of tackling this idiot? NO. This coach has one responsibility to his players, to protect them from harm.
In Schlegel’s every day duties as a strength and conditioning coach, his job is to train his players in such a way as to protect them from injuries. Many football injuries don’t occur because of a dirty tackle, late hit, or chop block. In fact, most of them (usually pulled and strained muscles) occur because players aren’t physically prepared to take the field.
Literally, most injuries are the result of a weak point in their physique that, when tested beyond its limits in competition, fails due to lack of preparation. In simple terms, you can’t expect your body to run a marathon when you’ve been training it for a 5k. Your training must be greater than your competition to have any chance of escaping injury. That’s Schlegel’s main job.
In this situation, Schlegel didn’t know what this guy was doing, what his intentions were, or what he may or may not have been carrying. This moron could have been carrying a knife or a gun, and if the coach had just waited for someone else to act, the guy could’ve had time to draw a weapon and do some damage. Fortunately, we now know that this wasn’t the case but Schlegel had no way of knowing this information at the time.
He took the information he had at hand, acted, and the situation was over as quickly as it began. Good for him. The world could use more men like him.
Could Ohio State face a lawsuit because of this? Sure it’s possible, but no judge in his right mind will handle this case. It will be dismissed.
Ohio State doesn’t have to worry about a lawsuit here. They have years and years of precedent on their side.
You see, when you attend an athletic competition, the field is off-limits…period. At baseball games, you’ve seen guys reach over to catch a foul ball, and accidentally fall onto the field. Soon afterwards, you see the security guys escort them out of the stadium. Did the fan mean to trespass? No. But there is a zero-tolerance policy for this sort of thing. Intent does not matter.
This policy exists to protect athletes from people with much more serious intentions from getting close to them. Frankly, this guy should never have made it to the turf. Schlegel should never have had to act.
If somebody decides to trespass during an athletic event, then they deserve whatever physical contact they happen to receive while they are being detained. This is something I thought everybody knew, but apparently I was wrong.