Seal's DUI will benefit BTW players

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:32 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Jan 26, 2011 6:11 PM CDT

I don&rsquo;t know Shea Seals as closely as a lot of other mediaguys in Tulsa probably do. I just haven&rsquo;t been here in town long enough toremember his days at TU. I only know him as the head coach of the Booker T.Washington boys hoops squad and one heck of a guy. </p>That&rsquo;s why his arrest last weekend on suspicion of DUI is sobaffling to me. Every time I&rsquo;ve spoken to Seals, it&rsquo;s been a classy conversation.He&rsquo;s polite and charming. He&rsquo;s a focused coach who seems to have his player&rsquo;sbest interests at heart. </p>Who&rsquo;s to say that he&rsquo;s not a different guy behind closeddoors? There have been many instances where the public perception of anathlete, or a public figure, is totally different than what that individualactually is. Maybe he&rsquo;s just putting on a good face. Maybe the clean-cut imageis a farce.</p>I don&rsquo;t think that&rsquo;s the case. I think this is an episodewhere judgment was lacking. It will be very hard to him to look his players inthe eye and &lsquo;man-up&rsquo; to what he&rsquo;s done, especially since he will be expected toguide and mentor those impressionable minds if and when he gets his coachinggig back. </p>For now, he&rsquo;s just like you and me: a spectator who&rsquo;s mademistakes and has to suffer the consequences. Yours and my mistakes were probablynot played out in a public forum for all of your city to see, critique andevaluate, but, nonetheless, they were mistakes. He made one. I&rsquo;ve made some.You have, too. </p>I hope Seals gets his job back. I hope someday he will havea chance to sit down with us and talk about how this issue made him a betterteacher and coach. I have a feeling it will. The BTW players may have learnedmore from their coach&rsquo;s mistake than anything he could ever draw up on achalkboard. </p>