Certainly, Austin O’Such of the Yavapai College baseball team (AZ) doesn’t deserve accolades for what he did earlier this week that was caught on camera and featured here as potentially one of the worst cheap shots in baseball history. (Watch original video here.)
But death threats? According to YC, O’Such is getting them even though they suspended him from the team and some reports have him transferring to another school. Here’s the complete statement from the school, which, in our opinion, was the appropriate action to take after an incident like this:
Yavapai College and the Athletic Department aspire to the ideals of good sportsmanship and fair play. In no way do we condone the behavior as recorded in the video, which occurred on March 29, 2012 at the Yavapai versus Scottsdale Community College baseball game. The YC player involved was immediately suspended by the college and will be suspended from play for the rest of the season. The college has implemented this action and will continue to work with the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) on current and future sanctions following conference procedures. Per conference rules team members from both teams involved in the on field incident have already served their suspensions.
Interestingly, O’Such was the ACCAC’s Player of the Week, two weeks ago, going 12 of 24 including 2 doubles. He also scored 8 runs and drove in 3 more.
And now he’ll forever been known as the “cheap shot guy.”
Source: ABC News