WTFriday: Parents Sue Over Their Kids Not Making the Team
July 9, 2010
by Sasha Emmons
I am married to a Canadian, and the cliché is true: our friends to the north take their hockey very seriously. Proof: two sets of parents are suing the Greater Toronto Hockey League for cutting their teen sons from the team. Say the parents:
“Their direct actions have caused irreparable psychological damage to Daniel Longo’s self esteem as an impressionable teenager and demoralized Daniel as an athlete and team hockey player with his peers. The conduct by all defendants destroyed the dignity of my son, whom in good conscience gave his team nothing but his best efforts.”
“When Christopher was advised of his termination by my wife and I, he vowed never to play the game he loved since childhood. And, morevoer, this misguided group of defendants demoralized my wife and I, whom had gone well beyond the call of duty as parents in support of the Toronto Avalanche hockey team for two seasons.”
Isn’t part of playing a sport learning to lose gracefully? You win some, and you lose some (even when you make your best effort and when parents are supportive), and disappointment is part of life. We wonder what kind of lesson these parents are teaching their kids by trying to sue their way onto a team. What do you think?