"In a recent interview, Steve Konchalski, St. Francis Xavier University’s basketball coach, said he’d heard MacDonald was in trouble and was surprised by the news.Konchalski notes that the 25-year-old MacDonald was "very much disturbed" after his mother died while he was playing in Europe. In the courts' eyes, enduring trauma or stress does not excuse any antisocial act, but a lawyer will and judge might take that into account.
" 'I coached Neil MacDonald for eight years. He was a fine young man, very normal in every way other than being six-foot-11 and being a very good basketball player,' Konchalski told The Chronicle Herald.
" 'But if, in fact, these allegations are true, then it is certainly totally out of character for him. When I first heard of them, I was shocked.' "
Experts seem unclear on the causes of indecent exposure. The most infamous instance of it in the sports world was 1970s-vintage NFL wide receiver Lance Rentzel. (Rentzel, coincidentally enough, had depression.)
As the Chronicle-Herald notes, four current or recent X-Men players have been brought up on criminal charges in the span of barely more than a year. The Lloyd Dobler take from Say Anything ("I know that I don't know") seems appropriate with regard to what that says about the program.
It was understandable people would criticize the school after three players were brought up on assault charges. This is different. MacDonald has been out of school for a while, and while it's news since he played ball for St. FX, he's an adult. It is on him to get whatever help he needs to stay on the straight and narrow. Here is hoping that happens. Please keep any comments tasteful.
Former X-Men hoop star charged with indecent acts (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)