Update: LeGrand to Give Speech at Rutgers Commencement [POLL]
Earlier I’d written how unfair (in mild terms) it was to former Rutgers football star Eric LeGrand to invite him to speak at the Rutgers commencement, only to rescind the invitation and offer it to former Governor Tom Kean.
Here’s the original post:
When former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice bowed out from giving the Rutgers commencement speech May 18th, the reason she’d given was that she didn’t want to detract from the celebration that commencement represents.
Putting Rutgers officials in a precarious position, they then made what was thought to be a wise choice in calling on former Rutgers football star Eric LeGrand.
After all, LeGrand, who you may remember was paralyzed during a 2010 football game, stands as a model of inspiration for anyone trying to overcome adversity.
So, over the weekend, as he was preparing remarks to deliver to the graduating class, the rug was pulled out from under him and he was told that former Governor Tom Kean was chosen to give the speech instead.
This without being given a reason as to why.
So here are the latest developments, with LeGrand now scheduled to speak after all.
Therein lies the making of a true “Jersey bordell’” (as I like to say!)
It’s still a “bordello”, since the invitation to speak should never have been rescinded in the first plead!
One has to wonder now upon whose part was the miscommunication. LeGrand’s? Rutgers?
It would seem to me that if no explanation was given right away to LeGrand, then the miscommunication would be on the part of Rutgers officials.
As they would say in my old neighborhood, these guys sure know how to screw up an omlette!
Updating the question: Should Eric LeGrand be giving the commencement address at Rutgers over former Governor Kean?