1. Wow! It never ceases to amaze me what people will allow athletes to get away with. I’m sorry your son had such a terrifying experience, and I’m glad you are doing something to change the playing field for other “thugs” (what an apropos word!) Good for you!!

    • Thank you for your kind words, Sara; they mean a great deal to me. I do want to make a difference and hope that I can.

      I’m so very proud of my son for getting through this ordeal with dignity, grace, and courage. I hope to live up to his legacy, as well.

  2. Melodye,

    I am so proud of you!

    VERY proud of you.

    When you come to Sacramento, I could drive down and have tea with you.
    Would you like that? 🙂

    • Oh, I certainly would. That would be awesome!

      I could definitely use the support — and hot tea with a friend, well, what could be better than that?

      Email me, OK? Newport2Newport [at] gmail dot com

  3. Wow. I’m so sorry this happened to your son, and I’m so proud of you for following through on this resolution. I am inspired to be on the lookout for a Rosa Resolution of my own.

    • I draw courage from what Rosa did, what Rev. Sharpton said, and what you’ve written here. Thank you! And if you need support with your own Rosa Resolution, I’m here for you, too.

  4. Good for you – there is no place for violence in our society. Those thugs, as you called them, deserved to be severely punished, and their coach along with them.

    I think that with the increased violence on television, and with the increase of the money and scholarships athletes get – sports are becoming more like a battle and less like what they should be – a game.

    • sports are becoming more like a battle and less like what they should be – a game.

      It’s true. And unfortunately, it’s a battle to be won at almost any cost. But in this case (and I know it’s not an isolated example), the price was just too high!

      Thank you for your support. It means a great deal. =:)

  5. Anonymous

    Rosa Resolution

    Hi Melodye,

    You are an inspiration to all of us for standing up for what is right and just and noble…unfortunately, ethics has been lost by so many persons in the pursuit of “wining at all costs” philosophy. I have been profoundly saddened and ashamed of the college’s response to what happened to your son and their failure to protect their own students from similar assaults. Thank God you are taking definitive action to help protect other students who are oblivious of the fact that they may be attending college with felons! Sincerely, Debbie

  6. What an inspiring post to read on a Sunday morning! Good for you, I am touched by your resolution, and horrified that those players were allowed to play. No crime should be overlooked just because “they’re a great athlete.”

    • Thank you so much! I hope you’ll support me in your thoughts next week. 🙂

      You might be surprised to know that MANY states, schools, and institutions lack legislation that would prohibit violent felons from playing on athletic teams. Follow that one to its logical conclusion…there’s more potential risk to public safety than we know and/or admit.

  7. Anonymous

    Melodye, I SO APPLAUD you on this very much needed step. I hope you make a BIG difference in athletes in colleges across the nation.

    I do think this is an area that needs investigation; most of us have (now had) no clue that this wasn’t already a done deal. Carol

    • I do think this is an area that needs investigation; most of us have (now had) no clue that this wasn’t already a done deal.

      I agree — and believe it’s true that “a 1,000 mile journey begins with a single step.” I’m walking the talk, with my feet headed north (to Sacramento). Maybe others, from other states, will eventually join me on the journey. Could be their own Rosa Resolution, who knows? =:)

  8. Anonymous

    Wow! I hope that you are successful in getting this done. I could not agree more with your desire to do some good for the country. I also must say that I really admire your “guts” and gumption to see this through to the end. Good for you!

  9. Anonymous

    Melodye, dear friend, you are making a difference! Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a safe and successful trip.

    I enjoy reading your blogs.


  10. WOW

    Yes, you’re doing the right thing. Call it your ‘Rosa moment’ if you’d like. You’re a mother, first. Fierce, protective, determined, loyal, with unconditional love that moves mountains and passes laws. Your son’s lucky. Your community is lucky. As your friend, I’m lucky to see such good work in action.

    You’re setting a good example to all of us.


    • Re: WOW

      You’re right that I’m a mama bear…everyone who knows me, knows this is the case. But the issue is bigger and broader than my family’s own needs, which is why I’m willing to invest the energy and time.

      I appreciate very much what you’ve said; I’ll carry your words in my heart, to pull out when I need them the most.

  11. Anonymous

    Wow! This article is very moving and very well written. I think that a resolution like this should be passed in every state. I am sick of criminals being allowed to keep participating in every sector of our communities.

    I really hope that your resolution is received warmly by those in Sacramento. I’ll be praying for you. You are very brave, as is your son.


    • Thank you, Sheryll. I will do what I can in/for my state. I do hope that others will follow, picking up the banner and carrying it to the steps of their state capitols, as well.

  12. Let me add to the chorus of WOWS!

    Wonderfully written piece (albeit sad) and I am so glad to hear of your fight to make a difference. I’m cheering you on.

    • Thank you so much, Susan! I appreciate your kind words about the writing, of course; more than that, though, I am grateful for your words of support.

      I appreciate having a cheering section for the fight that lies ahead.

  13. Anonymous

    I sent a letter to both committees supporting the bill

    Hi Melodye,

    I just wanted to let you know that I sent in a letter of support for AB 2165 to both committees. I hope and pray that this legislation will pass! You certainly are to be commended for your tough, courageous stance as a mother, citizen, writer and all around fantastic woman!


  14. I’m sure your very BOLD efforts would make her proud. Few people would take the steps you’ve taken to make a difference after such a situation.

    Cue respectful applause.

    I’d wager your son is proud too, and thankful.

    • Anonymous

      I so appreciate what you’ve said here. I’m humbled and grateful for your kind words.

  15. I am so sorry about your son’s experience but glad that he has healed. I applaud you on your courage and efforts to help prevent the same thing from happening to other students. You are inspirational.

    Thank you.

    PS. Here’s to Rosa Parks and to everyone who finds their own Rosa resolution. I’ll be looking for mine.

    • Wow. I so appreciate your kind words — and definitely am grateful for your support. It’s not an easy task, to be certain, but nothing this important ever is.

      When you find your Rosa Resolution(s), please call on me to support you in whatever you’ve chosen to do…

    • Thank you so much, Laura! When Governor Schwarzenneger signed the bill into law, I was ecstatic–but also humbled. Through the course of history, many people have given their lives over to important causes, and I believe we’re called to do the same.

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