Opinion: Brett Kavanaugh should stay off basketball courts for now when kids are around

Opinion: Brett Kavanaugh should stay off basketball courts for now when kids are around
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[Ed. – The original version of this column, which has since been edited, carried the advice that Kavanaugh ‘should stay off basketball courts for now when kids are around.’ The mere suggestion that the judge, who was himself a child at the time of the alleged incident, is a child molester is beyond the pale.]

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testified the other day that he might never coach girls’ basketball again.

“I love coaching more than anything I’ve ever done in my whole life,” Kavanaugh said in his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. “But thanks to what some of you on this side of the committee have unleashed, I may never be able to coach again.”

He just might be right. Oh, not the part about blaming Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee –  that’s just to avoid placing blame on his wholly sympathetic accuser – but the may-never-coach-again part. The nation is newly vigilant on who coaches and trains its children given recent scandals in gymnastics and other sports.

Kavanaugh is free to continue coaching in the Catholic Youth Organization and his daughters’ private school in Washington because he’s has no criminal record and has met all other volunteer requirements, according to Edward McFadden, spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Washington. He said a coach dealing with allegations that are decades’ old and no criminal case is active – like Kavanaugh – would have to go through the full legal process before being banned.

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