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Farmington goalie's actions not necessary

It was reported this week that a Farmington, Minn., goalie intentionally scored a point against his own team, raised his middle finger toward his coaches and left the ice with a final salute.

Poor sportsmanship at its finest.

As I read about the event, which was caught on video that was shared by The Forum on its website Wednesday, I couldn't help but shake my head. First of all, if a student in my high school would have done something like that, there is no way he or she would have been let off so easily.

Also, what ever happened to respecting your coach?

A full story regarding the goalie's actions was released Thursday, saying he acted the way he did in part because his coaches weren't giving him the play time he supposedly deserved. The goalie, Austin Krause, commented more on his actions via Facebook, and his words were published on The Forum's website.

"They played this sophomore goalie for the starter, he was terrible, I would try and talk to the coaches about this and tell them I want playing time but they never really listen to me or gave me a chance to show them that I'm a better goalie ..."

I often hear about younger high school players who live for the day they get to enter a game, rather than being forced to sit on the bench. And yes, there are always going to be players who have more experience. But everyone deserves a shot to play.

I can't pretend to know the entire context of the situation here, or the reasoning behind the coaches' decision to supposedly give a younger goalie more play time. But I can say that Krause's reasons don't justify his actions.

And as if I hadn't lost enough respect for this kid already, later in the story, he mentions that he consulted with his fellow teammates before giving the finger and making his disrespectful salute. Allegedly, his teammates agreed with his actions. If that's true, it's even more disappointing.

And that kid can forget about being taken seriously by coaches in the future. I can't imagine any coach would want that kind of bad sportsmanship on their team.

But hey, society loves a rebel. Even in the video, many of the students in the stands could be heard cheering Krause on as he casually exited the ice.

In the end, being a hothead isn't worth it. Players not only hurt themselves by acting out in a game; they hurt their team and the community they represent.