At what point, I wonder, did Butler High girls’ basketball coach Eddy Wilson realize he’d crossed the ethical line? Was it after a hundred text messages (on his way to 555), some after midnight, to a member of his team?
JCPS fired the coach of Butler’s 2008 state champs, saying he had spent more than 5,000 minutes on the phone with a member of his team in a four-month period. But JCPS couldn’t prove a physical relationship existed.
The JCPS investigation revealed the text and phone messages, but none of the content of those messages was made available. They started the investigation as a result of stories being told by parents of other students about Wilson’s relationship. And, the investigation revealed, Wilson had been accepting cash from students to get out of running.
Wilson, according to reports, claimed he was mentoring the girl, and that he was going to use the money he collected from students to pay team expenses. He had more than $1,000 in his desk.
The story isn’t over. Materials have been turned over to Child Protective Services, which should investigate.
This one deserves some more media scrutiny, and let’s hope our town’s media jumps all over this one.