Making a young girl stay somewhere against her will is a crime in 99.9% of the world, but apparently not in Manhattan, Kansas. I bleed purple, really, but what is happening right now in the Little Apple is disgusting to watch.
Leticia Romero, the freshman phenom for the K-State Wildcats women’s basketball team, wants to leave. An appeals committee, led by vice president of student life Pat Bosco, does not want her to. This makes sense considering Romero lead the team in points, rebounds, assists, and minutes last season in her freshman year.
After Deb Patterson, the head coach that recruited Romero was fired, Leticia decided that she would take her talent somewhere else, (South Beach, possibly?) but that isn’t as easy as it looks, as she has found out in the past few months.
Kansas State has denied Romero’s release forms, and shows no sign of changing their decision. The freshman guard had over 60 offers to play basketball before choosing to come to Manhattan. K-State has made it so that Romero cannot receive an athletic scholarship to play at any other school for at least a year, unless it is for the Wildcats of course.
Leticia Romero is an 18 year old girl who just wants to play basketball somewhere other than Manhattan. It is a crime to make her stay somewhere she doesn’t want to be. All Romero ever did for the university was be a good student and great athlete who left everything on the floor.
At the end of the day, this is about a lot more than women’s basketball, hell; this is about a lot more than sports in general. At what point do we look at ourselves in the mirror as a society and say “This has gone way too far, it’s just a game.”
Let her go.