In the days since my last post about John Bohannon, I have had time to mull some of the things over that I said. I realize that I've let my frustration get the best of me in regards to Bo as a Miner bball player. I know that he's a 20 or 21 year old kid that is doing the best he can with what he's got. As someone who works in the mental health field, I am quite aware that there are so many variables that come into the development of a kid. I watch him on the court. I read about him in the paper. I hear things from other people..................who probably, like me, really don't know Bo at all.
Let me make one thing clear, too. As enlightened as I like people to perceive me as being, which nobody really does...I just like to pretend people do, this realization springs not from within but rather from a future possibility. My son just went through the process of national signing day on Wednesday. He signed with a fairly high profile team in a high profile conference. I was on one of the team's message boards and chatting with a few different fans who were congratulating my family and welcoming us like any good natured fan might do. However, one poster offered up some very good advice. He/she said that it would be wise, if I was going to continue to hang around on the board throughout the next few years, to grow some thick skin. I knew immediately why. Even with the thickest of skin, it will be quite difficult for me to digest someone publicly criticizing my son, who will only be doing the best he can out there. Then it hit me..................like a ton of bricks. What a dumbarse!!! I'm doing the very thing that I cringe at when I think of someone else directing that kind of criticism at my son. I am convinced that I read that post for two reasons; one being so that I truly am prepared for the possibility of criticism being directed at my son. Second, because I really needed a whack on the head to open my eyes to see what I've been doing.
If you're reading this Bo.....I apologize for the harsh criticism. As cliche as it might sound, I'm sure you are doing the best you can with what you've got. I should've known better. I offer the same apology to the fans who enjoy this site as well. Whereas I won't call anyone out specifically anymore, I wouldn't be being honest with myself, or anybody else for that matter, if I wasn't a bit critical of the team as a whole from time to time when it is appropriate and called for. I haven't turned into a saint, but I have reconsidered that what I write, as benign as I've always thought it to be, could very well have a negative impact on somebody. Nuff said!