8/05/2012 10:04:00 AM
I can't tell whether his apology is sincere or not, but what a lesson in humility!
This kind of thing should not be newsworthy because it ought to be much more commonplace to demand respect from young people and for those in authority over them to call them out on it when they are not.
The outcome, I believe, is that the boy has been humiliated. I further doubt that he will have "learned his lesson" other than when boarding a plane. Humiliation is never a proper act. There are other ways to address the boy's actions that probably would have had a more lasting effect.
Sorry Bill, sometimes PUBLIC attention to the fact "you done wrong" will in the future, have you "do the right thing, even when no one is watching you."Chewing the kid out in public, in front of everyone would have been "humiliation;" a public apology, even if "suggested" is not.Proper manners have a time and place, not "jumping" the line to enter someplace is taught way back in kindergarten or even earlier. That you can follow basic rules separates the "boys" from the men, and the "girls" from the women.Way to go Coach, and a nice "manning-up" by Mac.
I don't think he was humiliated. I think everyone clapping for him afterward showed that they respected him (although I am not entirely sure he was sincere based on his "come on" comment and eye-rolling). His action was done in public and flaunted the rights of others publicly, so I see nothing wrong with this apology being public. I am about to make a generalization, but: I notice that men often think they will lose respect if they humble themselves, whereas I for one-- a woman-- respect men much more when they and humble and admit they were wrong than when they act macho. A humble man is a man worthy of trust. Also, it's not "all about him" and HIS feelings; his coaches did right in expecting him to acknowledge the feelings of those he had cut ahead of. Since there was no way to identify each individual for him to address them one by one, this was an appropriate way to do it.