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By Bill Lamb WDRB General Manager
Earlier this week I attended the University of Louisville Tip-Off Luncheon, where most members of last year's basketball team were honored for winning the national championship.
I say "most" because two of last year's stars - Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieng - have moved on to the pros and couldn't make it. That's a good thing. But it was disappointing to note the absence of a third player without such an excuse: Chane Behanan.
I don't know what Behanan did to earn his latest suspension from the team, and I don't care. What we do know is that he failed to follow the rules. Again. And now, a guy who had a shot at setting himself up for life with a successful career in the pros may wind up with nothing to show for all his efforts till now.
What will it take for people like Chane Behanan to understand that rules are there for a reason? And that no one gets a free pass to ignore them whenever they become inconvenient?
Basketball represents Chane's big shot at transforming a tough past into a bright future. And now, he may well have thrown that opportunity away for good.
I still hope he gets the chance to resume the pursuit of his dream. But not at the expense of the rules.
Chane Behanan's challenge now is to prove he's not just a good player, but a good citizen as well. I wish him luck.