That, in essence, was the message that former Pleasure Ridge Park coach Jason Stinson's attorneys kept pounding home Thursday, before a jury came back with a virtual no-huddle verdict: not guilty on all charges in the heat-related death of 15-year-old PRP player Max Gilpin.
“We're talking about a football practice,” defense attorney Alex Dathorne told jurors. “Do you understand that? We've got a man looking at prison time for being a football coach.”
Respectfully, no. Stinson was looking at prison time because one of his players ran until he baked to death on the practice field.