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Mailbag: Send lawyers, guns and Lamar

Lamar Thomas' televised meltdown during the Miami-FIU football brawl this week really hit a nerve out there.

Thomas' apology speaks volumes. He says that had he known he would get fired he would have been more careful about his choice of words. What he doesn't say is that encouraging
the football players to fight was wrong.

This guy is an [digestive-tract portal]. The only difference between him and the gang-bangers who regularly shoot up Miami is that Thomas enjoyed some measure of success as a football
player. Without that he would undoubtedly be doing 25-to-life.

James

As you can see from reading my earlier posts on Thomas' commentary, James, I was pretty harsh on him. But I have to my opinion changed for the better while talking to him on the phone Monday. He came across as intelligent, thoughtful and polite -- none of which showed during his game commentary. As he admits, he's anything but objective about the University of Miami. I wouldn't mind if, after a cooling-down period, somebody else gave him a shot at football color commentary --as long as it doesn't involve UM.

And they talk about hockey violence!  Ha.

Paul Davey

Vancouver, BC Canada.

I cannot believe that Comcast would wait 24 hours to fire that MORON Lamar Thomas.  What was shown by both teams was unexplainable and the players that were kicking and throwing helmets should lose there scholarships.  As a former captain in 1990 for a D 1 football program, we were told again and again that it is a privilege to play for the university, and our coach was 110 percent correct.  As for Lamar, the guy sounds like he has a second grade reading level.  Hey Lamar, set an example for the kids that are watching.  I am tired of hearing about the T.O.'s of the programs.  Have some class.

Paul Rogan

Without defending Thomas' remarks, it's important to remember he wasn't the only guy in that broadcast booth. His play-by-play partner. Jason Solodkin, made no attempt to interject any note of sanity, just chuckled moronically at everything Thomas said. And Thomas told me the game's Comcast Sports Southeast producer, the guy in charge of the telecast, never told him to cool it or suggested he was crossing the line. CSS needs to quit acting like Thomas was a lone nut and acknowledge that the network itself bears a great deal of the responsibility for what happened.

Justice is served, you hate to see a man lose a job but this was JUSTICE.

Andre Ross

Lamar Thomas fired by Comcast...but hired by WWE (Jesse Ventura who?).

Dan

Hollywood, FL

Hmmm. You think Thomas might be our next governor?

What kind of an education did this moron get at UM? Evidently, it wasn't one that would
give him any skills in life other than being a football commentator which requires no
brain cells. I have watched this video several times and it looks to me 99 percent of the
teams were black. I notice no sportswriter points this out since it is politically
incorrect to mention color when reporting on criminals. Smack, our school, our field, what
the hell does that mean? These people don't thank the school for giving them a chance to do something in life worth while, they take it over and claim it as theirs.

I recall several similar brawls in college football and most of them came from UM teams.
Remember the Miami team who showed up for the Fiesta Bowl in military gear? Again, we
hear, let's move on. How come we always "move on" when there are black riots but when it is
a white problem (Duke Lacrosse team) we go on forever.

Kenneth Parady
Grand Rapids, MI

I saw plenty of white players out there throwing punches, Kenneth. The dominant factors here are stupidity and arrogance, not race. And while I agree with you that UM in the past has treated football gangsters more like conquering heroes than guys who deserved punishment, I think the school may finally be getting the message. Thirteen suspensions (one of them indefinite), Donna Shalala's angry open letter and the dismissal of Thomas (which UM supported): That's a much different reaction than back in the days when UM players fought with Colorado, Notre Dame and seemingly everybody else under the sun.

I am just glad the players on both teams weren't anywhere near their guns during the fight. That would've been really ugly.

Steve Madonna

If you've been watching Dexter, Steve, you know we Miamians have to pack heavy armament to protect ourselves from the several thousand serial killers out on the street. Have a heart, man.

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Bettie Bryant

Everybody has been blamed - primarily the athletes themselves - but there is one sector that hasn't received much attention - and that's the parents, caregivers, grandparents, or whoever was responsible for rearing these players. Some probably grew up in rough neighborhoods and learned that they had to fight to make it. Somebody should have taught them that does not apply to everything in life. The players aren't yet ready to "grow up" - but the parents who defend their actions should have grown up a long time ago.

Bettie Bryant

Everybody has been blamed - primarily the athletes themselves - but there is one sector that hasn't received much attention - and that's the parents, caregivers, grandparents, or whoever was responsible for rearing these players. Some probably grew up in rough neighborhoods and learned that they had to fight to make it. Somebody should have taught them that does not apply to everything in life. The players aren't yet ready to "grow up" - but the parents who defend their actions should have grown up a long time ago.

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