The reason for his suspension is that he gave two kids a chance to play with the team in a U.S. tournament over the Christmas break. Personally I can sympathize with Mike in this situation. He did not do this for any personal gain but rather to help two kids who have had to sit out the entire season.
Although we have had our differences from time-to-time I know Mike's heart is in the right place, he always does his best for the kids at Pickering. He is a very dedicated and committed person and I respect him for that.
In my opinion this is an excessive penalty and the committee is using a prominent coach and high-profile program to make a statement. Unfortunately Mike may face further sanctions from OFSSAA. I feel the penalty already being applied is excessive and further punishment unnecessary.
A spokesperson for the committee stated the following:
"We don't go looking for things like this. We have a constitution, coaches know it, and our job is to enforce it," she said.
But in this case does the punishment fit the crime? I think it is very heavy-handed.
In effect is the committee using a sledgehammer to kill a fly?
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