In the wake of a shooting incident last week near the Miami (Fla.) campus, Hurricanes coach Larry Coker said he plans to discourage players from owning handguns.
“I don’t really want our players to have firearms. I’d rather they would dial 911 to come and handle those type of problems,” Coker said at ACC Football Kickoff media days Monday.
Hurricanes reserve safety Willie Cooper was shot in the buttocks outside his home last Friday morning by an unknown person who fled after Cooper’s roommate, safety Brandon Meriweather, the Hurricanes’ leading tackler last season, returned gunfire. Police said Meriweather used his gun legally because he has a permit for the gun.
This story is in the USA Today, which recently explained that a bystander “tackled” a person who went on a rampage with a knife, rather than write that the bystander had used a 9mm handgun to scare off the attacker.
I’m wondering why they didn’t write this time that Cooper was tackled (he’s a football player, after all) rather than shot, and that Meriweather tackled (he’s a football player, after all, and the team’s leading, um, tackler) the attacker. (via GunPro)