HS Senior Baseball Players Pose For Picture Without Masks, Get Suspended … Makes Sense

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It’s your senior year of high school, and you’re a baseball player getting ready to compete with your teammates for the last time. One final ride with your boys, and so your moms decide to get pictures taken to remember the moment.

Harmless, right? Wrong … or at least that’s what Burbank Unified School District superintendent Matt Hill and John Burroughs High School say. They apparently think that move is worth a two-week suspension.

Why? Because the eight senior baseball players who did it on school property weren’t wearing masks. We’ll ignore that these guys compete next to each other on the field, in the weight room and everywhere else.

I’m sure they’re all friends, and it doesn’t look like anyone else was around.

Irrelevant, though … these players broke the “rules” and must be punished for it. I’m sure they really learned their lesson, don’t you? Or maybe the only thing these athletes learned is there are a lot of absurdly over-the-top, power-hungry people teaching “life lessons” to our youth.

Now, those players have a two-week suspension that will prevent them preparing as a team for their final season together — at least on school grounds.

“We had a group of players and families dress up in uniform and take pictures on campus in violation of health orders (no masks, no social distancing, and mixing of families),” Hill said via email on the Daily News. “They then posted the picture on a JBHS baseball social media site. No player or family from the team notified the coach, school, or district of this health order violation.”

“I have decided to delay the return of athletic conditioning for the JBHS baseball team by one week so that the team can review health guidelines and safety protocols. I look forward to the team beginning conditioning on Monday, safely.”

These seniors, like many other kids around the country, have already lost a year to COVID-19. Cases are plummeting, and the vaccine is being distributed. Is the fight over? No, but it’s heading in the right direction.

Apparently, wanting pictures at the school you represent — and wanting those faces in the picture to be seen — is completely out of line.

Jo Dee Freck, whose son was one of the seniors on the team, was the one taking the pictures.

“Our boys have been teammates and friends for years prior to Burroughs, which has brought the families so close,” Freck said. “The kids have lost (almost) an entire year. This photo was taken with the idea to commemorate and remember their senior season. The boys were just trying to make their moms happy.”

Simply explaining that the photoshoot broke school protocols wasn’t enough, even though it was unintentional. No, we’ve got to make an example of these boys. Great job, everybody. Sigh.

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.


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  1. You keep a group of kids locked down for a year and tell them they can’t go to school. You respond to a photo shoot by “sending them home” for two weeks. These kids look around the country and see others in their age group going to school and playing sports. The governor in their state has his kids attending private school in person. Well done Burroughs. Well done California. Sacrifices have to be made.

  2. maybe they were suspended for wearing chiefs logos without permission from seminole nation, incorporated.

    i wonder of these pro teams can give money to indian casinos and buy the use and appropriation of any indian symbol or character …

    You know the same way JZ uses the N word by license to the kkk 🤪

  3. Born and raised in Burbank a great place way back then Burroughs our cross town rival always had a better football team really sad how things have changed sorry for what these kids are having to go through really sad stuff and they have always been the Indians never gave it a second thought smh

    • I was thinking the same thing or move to Florida. The real lesson is kids are learning how oppressive liberal leadership is. Illegal aliens get to freely cross our southern border, are tested as COVID positive and then released into the interior of our country. But yet a group of dedicated, hard working American kids get punished for taking a picture. Like the saying goes….if it wasn’t for double standards, the left would have no standards at all.

      • What sucks even worse, is that their MOMS were with them taking the pictures, they had parental supervision!!! Basically the fuckface superintendent (commandant) was doing a big CYA job because “No player or family from the team notified the coach, school, or district of this health order violation.”

  4. “A man can get discouraged many times, but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying.”

    John Burroughs

    Let’s hope these young ballplayers don’t get discouraged. And let’s also hope the Superintendent eventually learns something from his failure in this instance.

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