When anyone thinks about Wayman Tisdale, they will likely remember his phenomenal basketball talents, his incredible musical skills as a jazz musician, and, most important, his wonderful, warm personality. Only Lawrence Journal writer Chuck Woodling uses Tisdale's tragic death to recall that he was a "bit player in one of the ugliest incidents in the history of Kansas University’s Allen Fieldhouse." The ugly incident? Cutting down the nets after OU upset Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse. I have no problem when writers tell the whole story, warts and all, even when covering a recent death. But this is classless.
Most of the comments below the Lawrence Journal article reflect outrage, but kim7654321 says it best:
"Perhaps unintentionally, Mr. Woodling, you say virtually nothing about Wayman Tisdale, but convey much about yourself. You reveal yourself to be a vindictive person willing to exploit the untimely death of a much loved and repected man in order to rehearse old grudges. In fairness, you admit that Mr. Tisdale was a “bit player” in the incident you describe, but you omit his well-deserved reputation throughout years in the NBA as an extraordinarily good sport and a model human being. You unashamedly ride the coattails of a famous good man in order to malign his name and memory. Yes, we have indeed learned a great deal about your character."
Rather than end on sour note, listen to Wayman playing some sweet music...