Thursday, April 5, 2007

Actual tragedy at Rice - from ESPN

Jonathan Bailey, a sophomore guard at Rice University was stabbed to death Thursday morning after a confrontation at a bar in College Station, Texas.

According to reports from the Houston Chronicle, Bailey and his twin brother Janson were found by College Station Police at approximately 1:45 a.m. in the 100 block of Lodge St. The brothers were then transported to St. Joseph's Hospital for treatment of multiple stab wounds. Jonathan Bailey was later pronounced dead; Janson is undergoing treatment.

In his first season of eligibility with the Owls, Jonathan Bailey logged 10 minutes over four games, scoring four points while dishing out an assist. He didn't play during the 2005-06 season.

This is an awful shame and an awful story. It's been said many more times by wiser men than I (the first to come to mind being TMQ, echoing Bill Cosby) - A young, visible athlete should not be out past midnight. Bad things happen to young men late at night when they're around other drunk men.

I suppose it goes less so for college students, of course; their peer set is largely those who go out past midnight on at least a weekly basis (myself included), and they're often in college towns away from large metro areas that have a worse problem with crime. Nonetheless, these attacks are--for the limited purpose of this comparison--like traffic collisions. Sometimes it's both people's fault, and sometimes it's just one person being stupid and extremely dangerous.

Our condolences to the Bailey family.

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