Tony Dungy is a hypocrite. At least Indianapolis Star sports columnist Bob Kravitz thinks he is. As everyone who follows sports is well aware, Tony Dungy has spent the past week deciding whether or not he would return for a seventh season as coach of the Indianapolis Colts. The waiting is over, and Dungy has decided to lead the Colts in 2008. According to Bob Kravitz that decision clearly indicates Dungy’s hypocrisy. Kravitz writes:
I think that by returning to the Colts, and doing so after his entire family moved out of Indianapolis and back to Tampa, Fla., for reasons he prefers remain private, Dungy has revealed himself as something of a hypocrite.
Tony Dungy is a man who has earned universal respect from all quarters during his professional career. I do not personally know the man, but I have read about him, read his book Quiet Strength, and I do personally know people who have been impacted by this man of faith and integrity. Kravitz is much more aware of Dungy’s integrity than I, because he is in a position to observe and interact with Dungy. In spite of six years of close contact with Dungy, Kravitz still believes that this one decision provides enough ammunition to label the man a hypocrite.
Again, I’m uncomfortable. I’m uncomfortable about passing judgment on anybody or anything deeper than a decision to punt on fourth-and-2. I’m especially loath to pass judgment on the way another man handles his personal business. But…
…I’m going to anyway. That’s not what he said, but just what he did.
Evidently Kravitz is much more comfortable calling Dungy a hypocrite than he would have us believe. Kravtiz could have easily written a column in which he expressed his confusion of Dungy’s decision, and he could have done so without impugning the man’s character. I’ll admit that I would not want to live in separate cities from Dianna and the boys, but I also don’t know what’s like to commute back and forth on the Irsay private jet. Here is what I do know: Dungy has earned the benefit of the doubt.
Dungy has also earned more respect that Kravitz has given. Before the start of the 2006 season Kravitz wrote that Dungy should be securely strapped into the hot seat; that is the Colts failed to win the Super Bowl he should be fired. He also predicted that Dungy’s book – Quiet Strength – would be a flop. And he prophesied that Dungy would retire after his son’s suicide.
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
Kravitz’ article was a hatchet job. Read this article
by ESPN’s Len Pasquarelli or this article
by AP sports writer Michael Marot for a less falacious commentary on Dungy’s decision.
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