Monday, May 14, 2007

Manny Castillo update

O-kay, I'm not a lawyer, but I have a few questions here.

One, why is Rugby Canada being silent on the matter? Why no public statement? (It's Monday morning, several days after this has been a lead newspaper and TV story in Ontario, and Rugby Canada's website still doesn't have even a press release on the matter.)

It's entirely possible that the jurisdiction falls entirely under the umbrella of the regional high school athletics association rather than Rugby Canada. Nevertheless, this tragedy is a rugby tragedy. It is by far the biggest headline the sport has received in Canada for decades, and the governing body of the sport in Canada is sleepwalking through it without comment. Why the silence...?

Two, what is the referee's report? Was there a red card on the "altercation" as has been alleged by several eye-witnesses? Who does the referee report to? And, what sporting body credentials referees for rugby at the high school level in Ontario?

Update from this mornings' Globe and Mail:

In an exclusive interview, Manny's father, Manuel, told CFTO-TV last night that Manny's death was an accident. "I don't have to forgive anyone because why, it's an accident, it's a game, somebody took a gun and shot my son, it's a different story ... but an accident in a game - I don't think that boy is trying to kill somebody, no, that's the only thing I want to say about that."

The family have settled funeral arrangements. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Neweduk Funeral Home, 1981 Dundas St. W. The funeral mass will be at noon tomorrow at St. Christopher's Roman Catholic Church at 1171 Clarkson Rd. N.


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