When I first heard the news that UM football player Thomas Finnie had turned himself in for criminal charges associated with the theft of a laptop computer I felt many things. However, unlike some others out there on the Internet, joy or pride were not among them.
No, the three emotions I felt most strongly were: sadness, disappointment and frustration.
I felt sad that any of the current Miami players would get arrested or have an encounter with the criminal justice system. I felt even sadder that one of my favorite players had apparently or allegedly made a bad decision.
But the saddest I felt was when some Hurricane fans somehow found a sense of accomplishment in reporting what was once only a rumor and was possibly completely false that later turned out to be news and was now possibly or seemingly true. Maybe it's just me but I fail to see the joy or pride in that?
Now before we get too far ahead of ourselves, Thomas Finnie, like all defendants, is innocent until proven guilty. And let us all hope that he is innocent of the charges against him. Let us ALL hope.
I felt disappointment that a young person with their whole life in front of them, a student-athlete at the university that I attended, was subject to criminal charges against another UM student. Things like that should not happen. Not in Coral Gables, and no, not anywhere.
I felt frustration for the Miami Hurricanes' athletes, coaches and administration. After all the effort and hard work that the University of Miami has put into restoring a positive image towards its academic accomplishments and its athletic department's reputation it was frustrating to see this potential black eye being displayed publicly for all the world to see.
But most of all I felt sad, disappointed and frustrated for the young man in question.
Thomas Finnie was a good player who may have made a bad decision.
Let us all hope that is not the case.