Naked Softball Hazing: Should it be an Olympic sport? Let’s hope not!
Posted by Thomas the Terrible on April 17, 2009
There once was a safer time in this great country when you could allow your kids to play outside unsupervised or you could sleep with your doors unlocked. Of course all that has changed significantly but how I yearn for times like those, a time where people remained “innocent” until about 17-years old and nude softball hazing was still allowed and not frowned upon.
Well in today’s world all children should be supervised when outside, doors remain locked at all time and damn it nude softball hazing is now a bad thing. Recently a softball coach from Knoxville, Tenn. has found that out the hard way. While on a spring break tournament trip in Myrtle Beach, Anderson County High School softball coach, Heather Branum, members of her team allegedly forced freshmen teammates to strip in a hotel swimming pool and stay there for up to 10 minutes. Because of this incident she has resigned her position at the school.
Oh but wait there’s more. From WATE6 in Knoxville:
The parent also says Branum watched the incident and threatened the girls with running laps if they told others about the incident. In her resignation letter, Branum writes:
“It is with my deepest regret that I submit my resignation as the Head Coach of the Anderson County Softball team. During a recent spring break trip, an event occurred that I am extremely sorry that I allowed to happen and I take full responsibility. I would never do anything to put my team in harm’s way or embarrass my team. There is nothing that I wouldn’t do for any of my girls if they needed me. In the past two years, I’ve learned a lot about how hard it is to be a coach in today’s environment and I am still learning. Please accept this letter of resignation with my sincerest apologies.”
The coach then added, “But you can never take the mental images away from me, suckers!” OK I made up that part.
I’m betting ff the coach hadn’t played the Indigo Girls so loud the other guests would have never complained.
That photo of the coach is a stone-cold reminder that not all that has to do with the world of softball is related to Jennie Finch. I wonder if the hotel staff was notified of the naked swimmers when a concierge noticed horrendous vomiting by several visitors returning from the pool area.