Brawl's Life Lesson: Growing Into Men

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Contrition wears a face. It looks like Yancy Gates, crying in front of a bank of TV cameras, a big man made small, slumped over a podium at Fifth Third Arena, a nylon sweat jacket pulled over his head. “A lot of people been calling me a thug and a gangster,” he said. “My parents didn’t raise me like that.”

The knee-jerk feeling now is to trade the ballpoint for a chainsaw. Saturday was a disaster, and Saturday is still painful. Those responsible need to feel the oppressive weight of the burden they created. Choices and consequences: The simplest rules of a civilized society.

The knee-jerk look at the suspensions handed out at UC and Xavier on Sunday is to laugh a cynical laugh. One game off for Tu Holloway, whose rants and tabletop...

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