August 22, 2005, - 12:04 pm

Lawrence Phillips: The Tom Osborne Legacy that Keeps on Giving

By Debbie Schlussel
While former Nebraska football coach and current Republican Congressman Tom Osborne runs for Nebraska governor, one of his many prized former football players, Lawrence Phillips, has, once again, proved the point–criminal multiple-offenders don’t change. And they don’t change when football coaches give them Ted-Kennedy-style multiple chances.
Driving a stolen car, Phillips struck three teenagers with whom he’d played a game of pick-up football. He was already wanted for twice assaulting his girlfriend, earlier this month, once choking her into unconsciousness. These are only the latest in Phillips’ lifelong string of violent assaults and other crimes.
Phillips, kicked off his NFL team for “insubordination,” helped lead the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes to the 2002 Grey Cup, but was released before the start of the 2003 season for not meeting the team’s “minimum behavioral standards.”
For Tom Osborne, there was no such problem, because the legendary football coach was also legendary for not having any minimum behavioral standards.
Unfortunately, Osborne has never been forced to answer for any of his molly-coddled criminal former players, a la Phillips, because Nebraska voters not only look the other way, they have practically sainted Osborne. He will soon be elected chief of Nebraska for his “efforts” in developing a cache of future such O.J.s who plague the country.

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9 Responses

I’ve never understood how success at coaching or playing on the athletic field can be easily parlayed into a career in politics. Tom Osbourne is untouchable in the state of Nebraska, and the citizens of Nebraska are blinded by a couple of National Championships in College Football. Nebraska got tired of getting their ass kicked on New Year’s Day year-after-year, so Tom Osbourne gave in and started recruiting the major metropolitan urban dregs to change the predictable Orange Bowl outcome.

Yiddish Steel on August 22, 2005 at 1:23 pm

Osborne’s untouchability has always bugged me in light of the Phillips fiasco, and is Exhibit A of “tail wags dog” in the state of Nebraska.
I’ve largely tuned out of bigtime professional and collegiate sports because in too many cases they don’t build character, they destroy. I never thought I’d say this 25 years ago, but I’m glad my kids are not involved in playing sports, at all.

Tom at BizzyBlog on August 22, 2005 at 1:44 pm

i respected nebraska football back when they used to roll thru their regular schedule with their big farm boys and then got beat by the speed teams in the end. but osborne knew if he got a few criminals in his offensive and defensive backfields he could walk away a winner. it was really cynical and transparent, and gave the university a real black eye in my mind, but it seems to have worked out well for him.

shleppy on August 22, 2005 at 2:10 pm

Shame on Tom Osborne.
But, far more shame on the so called judges who didn’t lock this dangerous thug up.
What’s a far bigger crime is I heard on the radio this creep has had 20 or more domestic violence incidents. Not merely he said/she said type arguments, but very serious violence. What kind of judges kept letting this guy out on probation?

The_Man on August 22, 2005 at 8:18 pm

I’m glad that just like with Darrell Issa you don’t defend and worship this pig simply because he is with the Republican Party. In that sense I think you win over Ann Coulter in integrity hands down 🙂

hairymon on August 24, 2005 at 7:44 pm

Get a clue. You people look at only the small picture. Hundreds of kids rolled through the football program during Osborne’s career with the majority of them graduating and going into sucessful careers. Every coach encounters bad eggs over the course of their careers who were scared before their arrival. Nebraskans are not blind to the these issues. They simply know that the majority of the athletes who went through the program were good kids. It’s a shame for someone gets ridiculed over one person when he’s done so much for the majority.

Speez on August 25, 2005 at 10:09 am

I like cheese.

shutupyoumust on August 25, 2005 at 9:50 pm

Fuck Tom

ku fran on June 12, 2010 at 6:51 pm

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