The biggest sports story of the day had little to do with sports. U of L football player Trent Guy was shot outside a downtown bar early Saturday morning, and though he’s expected to make a complete recovery, it’s a troubling and tragic incident.
I’m going to write about this Sunday for Monday, but didn’t want to rush writing something, because often in these situations, you don’t have a clear picture in the first 24 hours afterward.
Here’s what I can tell you — Trent Guy is and has been one of the most well-liked and respected members of U of L’s football program. He’s one of the first to pitch in and help when teammates need anything off the field, and not only has spoken to freshmen during orientation programs, but has sought out that opportunity.
You can talk about him being at the wrong place at the wrong time, and certainly, anyone who is wounded by gunshot by definition was. But this shooting took place a block and a half from The Courier-Journal building itself.
I’m not defending anything. But when people ask me a question like, “Why in the hell would JuJuan Spillman (or any other football player) carry a gun?” I can’t really say that I know, but I have to ask people to consider that they are living in a different world from most of us. And while they’d do well to distance themselves from that world, we just can’t assume that we know what is going on with these guys, because we don’t.
None of that endorses anything. It’s just the beginning of an explanation.
Anyway, I’ll be working on a story Sunday to tell you a little more about Guy.
Sunday’s column — a piece on Churchill Downs riding champion Robby Albarado.