Texas Football Coach In Hot Water For Possibly Handing Referee Some Bribe Money?
Dallas News – Calhoun High School (Port Lavaca) head football coach Richard Whitaker doesn’t even use social media. He first heard about his unintended social media fame from his daughter, who is in college and had seen this clip online:[tweet https://twitter.com/Atlantasportguy/status/656480744420810752]
When Whitaker got to school this morning, his players were talking about it. By the afternoon, the entire Internet was too. “It’s amazing how things travel from social media,” Whitaker told The Dallas Morning News Tuesday afternoon. “That’s why we tell our guys you cant put things out there you don’t know the truth about.” The knee-jerk reaction of those who saw the video was that Whitaker, after beating B.F. Terry High (Rosenberg) Thursday at Traylor Stadium, slipped cash to an official.
This is what Coach Calhoun had to say about the incident:
TBL – “Prior to the game Thursday night, there were poker chips laying on the field,” Whitaker told me. “These poker chips, we found out later, were being used by one of the bands that uses the field. They use them as markers. Prior to the game, Terry football coach Tim Tekyl — he and I have been friends for many years, since the mid-90’s — he reaches down and picks up one of those chips, hands it to me, and says, ‘Put this in your pocket. It will bring you good luck tonight.’ This was all in good humor.”
“And so, after the game, again all in good humor, I reached out and handed the poker chip to the official,” Whitaker continued. “What you don’t see on the video is when he passes by, he sees it’s a cheap poker chip. He starts laughing, I start laughing, we point at each other, and I walked off. That is it. Coach Tekyl can tell you the same story. The official has been contacted. He has the poker chip in his bag. It’s a meaningless poker chip with no value whatsoever. He has it in the bag with his whistle. That’s the story. If social media wants to make this out to be something else, that’s not true.”
So after doing some in-depth research (pausing the video over and over) this is what I think:
A.) It is not cash.
B.) It is indeed, a poker chip.
Coach Calhoun, you’re off the hook thanks to this BDP investigation. Now all you have to do open up some social media accounts and share this blog with everyone. You’re welcome.