Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Misplaced praise

When former Burgard basketball player Ritchie Campbell returned to the courts this past week, he was greeted with a large ovation...

The now 40-year-old Campbell and former Burgard star received a loud ovation (some even stood) from the estimated 500 at City Honors during pregame introductions for the 411 Legends All-Star Game.

I wonder how the family of his shooting victim feels about his reception. You might remember, Campbell shot a young mother to death after she asked him to keep the noise down when he came home one night drunk...

He was released from prison last winter after serving 17 years for first-degree manslaughter.

Campbell, who once was considered a legitimate NBA prospect in the same vain as Ruffin and Clifford Robinson, was released for good behavior after serving most of a 12- to 25-year sentence for killing Yvette Donaldson during the early morning hours of April 27, 1994.

On that day, Campbell arrived at his girlfriend's apartment drunk, carrying a handgun he said was given to him for protection. Campbell started singing and creating a disturbance. A neighbor came over and asked him to keep the noise down because her child was sleeping. Campbell stepped outside the apartment and raised the gun toward the woman. It went off.

Two days later, the 32-year-old mother was dead from a gunshot wound to the neck.

I'll tell you, I hate when I come home drunk and I'm singing really loud and my loaded handgun "accidentally" goes off and kills someone. Standing ovation? What's wrong with the idiots in this crowd? The only reason he was the all time leading scorer in WNY basketball is because Burgard's idiot coach used to leave him in the game when Burgard was beating teams like City Honors by 75 points in the 4th quarter.

Campbell back on the court


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