Humans make mistakes. They even do so in the midst of trying to accomplish great deeds in life. But somebody made a big one nominating Utah State forward David Collette as one of 143 finalists for the Allstate Good Works award, honoring college basketball players who also happen to be good humanitarians.
According to the award web site, potential recipients are “players at all levels of college basketball who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement. From establishing nonprofits that provide youth with the necessary tools to become leaders of tomorrow, to raising awareness around pertinent issues that could save lives.”
Absolutely none of these qualities in human beings depicts anything resembling what Collette did by leaving the Utah State basketball program, two days before the season opener. In sum, his exit shocked everyone–including his head coach, Tim Duryea.
Everyone had sour grapes about Collette’s hasty departure and selfish request to transfer, as if they had a problem with him leaving all willy-nilly and he couldn’t have cared less. This sentiment included Utah State’s own athletics department, who for a while, anyway, said Collette had quit on his profile. (They changed it.) Collette, on the other hand, hasn’t changed his tune from the get-go.
In fact, you could say he’s turned his surly, immature game up to 11, talking to Yahoo!, ESPN and any other network or Web site willing to listen to his sob story about how his school won’t let him transfer when he weaseled out on his team. Instead of sucking it up and at least sticking out the season–despite his feelings toward his Aggie teammates or coaching staff–he wants the easiest way out.
Even seasoned journalists like Jay Drew of The Salt Lake Tribune kind of weighed in, in parentheses about Collette’s nomination. “BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth, Utah’s Danielle Rodriguez and USU’s David Collette (oops) are nominees for the 2016 Allstate NABC Good Works Team,” Drew tweeted, saying what most felt, obviously.
Oops is right. How could you nominate anyone who up and left their team in the midst of a season? How can anyone praise Collette’s character and integrity towards others when he reportedly can’t relate to his own teammates?
How does Collette epitomize the other intangibles the award reportedly stands for, like helping to establish, among other notables, “global initiatives in third-world countries to feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless around their own communities?”
Good question. Hopefully, somebody has an answer for this mockery. The moment Collette left his team should have been the moment he was removed from being considered for such an award, period.