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Dan Orlovsky speaks out on Connecticut prom controversy

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Texans backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky, perhaps best known for running out of the end zone and not noticing it, currently is trying to help adminstrators at the high school he once attended notice that they are running out of the end zone when it comes to banning a current student from attending the prom.

Shelton High School Headmaster Beth Smith decided to prevent James Tate from going to the prom because of the manner in which he asked Sonali Rodrigues to attend it with him. He posted a message on the outside of the school, via cardboard letters taped to the structure.

Tate was suspended for trespassing.  Because school policy prevents anyone who has received an in-school or out-of-school suspension after April 1 from attending the prom, Tate ain’t welcome.

The story has gained plenty of attention, including stops by Tate and Rodrigues on Today and Jimmy Kimmel’s show, but Smith hasn’t budged.  Orlovsky, who was a star quarterback at the school, recently chimed in.

I think it’s ridiculously harsh,” Orlovsky told FOXNews.com.  “I get school rules and lines and boundaries, but what’s the alternative here?  Reprimand the kid if you want, but to make an example out of him like this is taking a lot of the fun out of being a senior in high school.  It’s kind of comical.”

Making it even more comical is that the Connecticut Legislature is now involved, crafting a new law that generally would prevent the kind of thing that specifically is happening to Tate.

Who says that our state and federal legislators have better things to do?

UPDATE:  Alex Marvez of FOXSport.com, who apparently also has nothing better to do, advises that earlier today the folks at Shelton High School have turned tail and allowed Tate to attend the prom, via a predictable but nevertheless quite lame public statement.  Advantage Orlovsky.

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30 Responses to “Dan Orlovsky speaks out on Connecticut prom controversy”
  1. jhorton83 says: May 14, 2011 1:42 PM

    Instead of news about free agency, trades, position battles and mini-camps, we get stories about Dan Orlovsky chiming in on a high school prom controversy. Thank you, NFL lockout!

  2. pooflingingmonkey says: May 14, 2011 1:53 PM

    “Advantage Orlovsky.”

    Probably the first time this statement has been used.

  3. kyle90 says: May 14, 2011 2:01 PM

    He should tape the headmaster to the side of the building and go to prom anyway.

  4. ctiggs says: May 14, 2011 2:08 PM

    sorry dan they dont remeber you there

  5. geo1113 says: May 14, 2011 2:17 PM

    Who says that our state and federal legislators have better things to do?
    _______________________

    I don’t know. We have a $1.5 trillion deficit because of the laws our federal legislature has passed. Connecticut is always one of the top states in per capita debt. Maybe this is a better use of their time.

  6. baous says: May 14, 2011 2:17 PM

    This is the zow that got chased to the back of the endzone for a safety by Jared Allen…just shut up Dan.

  7. hobartbaker says: May 14, 2011 2:25 PM

    Jimmy gets to go to the prom, but instead of a little name tag on his lapel, he has to have his name spray painted in large letters on various parts of his rented suit.

  8. atlien698 says: May 14, 2011 2:26 PM

    “I think it’s ridiculously harsh,” Orlovsky told FOXNews.com

    ===========================

    What Orlovsky wanted to say was that the school’s treatment of the student was “way out of bounds.” Fortunately, he caught that slip of the tongue.

  9. backindasaddle says: May 14, 2011 2:32 PM

    Headmaster Beth Smith = Cold Frustrated Old Maid

  10. backindasaddle says: May 14, 2011 2:50 PM

    Just watched the “Press Statement” by the Cold Old Maid. How completely lame. Essentially she’s blaming the world for impinging on her and her authority over her school and therefore to get the wholly toxic influence of the worlds eye out of her school and to end the “disruptive effects” of the world eye, she will therefore allow the kid to go to the prom. In no way is she saying that it’s the right thing to do or making any kind of admission that the policy should be changed because it was just plain dumb. NO…instead she makes this high-browed holier-than-tho BS statement about how she’s just doing it just essentially to the get the toxic worlds eye out of her school.

    I was right……Cold Frustrated Old Maid.

  11. gobills716 says: May 14, 2011 3:11 PM

    It’s official, the lockout has dried up all football related content. Now we’re talking about the Texans backup QB defending some High Schoolers right to go to prom? Come on, why bother.

  12. footballrulz says: May 14, 2011 3:41 PM

    Good grief–can’t even post a link to MSNBC.com. Aren;t you guys owned by the same company? In some respects this site is getting more than a little lame.

  13. cindyanda says: May 14, 2011 4:10 PM

    I just watched the video. She looks like a frustrated lesbian.

  14. sambradfordismyhomeboy says: May 14, 2011 4:45 PM

    “Who says that our state and federal legislators have better things to do?”

    – You’re right PFT, our state and fed. government would NEVER mis-prioritizing their time. Congress is always working on making our country a better place!

    Signed,
    Mark McGuire, Rafael Palmeiro, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.

  15. brasho says: May 14, 2011 5:05 PM

    Yep, that’s great. A kid that knew the rules got suspended for something he did that was wrong… and not a little bit wrong, but likely an egregious offense, and the liberal media comes running to save him.

    It is hard enough to run a classroom WITHOUT the media getting involved. This school had every right to enforce their policy to help the teachers maintain a peaceful learning environment for the other students but nobody thinks about that. People just think about how bad it is for us to hold these children accountable for their actions.

    The media, and all of you commenting against the school, are enabling these children and reinforcing their entitled/poor behavior. Force these kids to be accountable for their actions.

  16. brasho says: May 14, 2011 5:06 PM

    If the schools are unable to force these kids to learn to be accountable for their actions, eventually the justice system will.

  17. commandercornpone says: May 14, 2011 5:12 PM

    the school should be able to ban him from going to the school. but he cant call the girl on the fone and ask her out?

  18. skins359 says: May 14, 2011 5:21 PM

    Well played Orlovsky. Well played.

  19. lionsmaverick says: May 14, 2011 6:26 PM

    I wonder what the girl said. lol

  20. buckybadger says: May 14, 2011 6:43 PM

    Hate to say this but I bet if the girl had been the same race as the boy it wouldn’t have been a problem. Sorry but its the only thing I can think of that made the school authority so mad. He didn’t deface anything as the letters where taped onto brick, not spray painted.

  21. goombar2 says: May 14, 2011 7:32 PM

    Hey hey hey! Looks like Sanchize has a date for the prom now! Ha ha ha…

    It’s funny because the jets suck.

  22. waynefontes says: May 14, 2011 7:36 PM

    brasho says:
    May 14, 2011 5:05 PM
    Yep, that’s great. A kid that knew the rules got suspended for something he did that was wrong… and not a little bit wrong, but likely an egregious offense, and the liberal media comes running to save him.

    It is hard enough to run a classroom WITHOUT the media getting involved. This school had every right to enforce their policy to help the teachers maintain a peaceful learning environment for the other students but nobody thinks about that. People just think about how bad it is for us to hold these children accountable for their actions.

    The media, and all of you commenting against the school, are enabling these children and reinforcing their entitled/poor behavior. Force these kids to be accountable for their actions.

    ————————————————–

    This is by far the dumbest post I’ve read on this site in a long time, which is really saying something.

    Maintaining a peaceful learning enviroment? An egregious offense? Are you serious?

    Do you even know the facts of this story?

    Somehow, I don’t think a kid posting cardboard letters on the outside of the school disrupted the classroom environment. Or makes him a menace to society. Or traumatized his classmates.

    I guarantee that I know more about running a classroom/school than you do, and if a kid TAPING CARDBOARD LETTERS to the OUTSIDE of the school is the worst thing I had to deal with, then I would be very happy.

  23. ampats says: May 14, 2011 9:07 PM

    Not to worry, Mark Sanchez and his girlfriend who is a junior in high school from the next town over will be double dating.

  24. Deb says: May 14, 2011 9:28 PM

    YAY!!! Good for Orlovsky!

    Go Tate! Go Tate! Go Tate!

    Good grief, brasho, are you on a lemon diet? The kid posted a sign on the school wall asking a chick to the prom, and Nurse Ratched banned him from the dance for tresspassing on school property. It’s a high school, not Git-mo.

  25. richm2256 says: May 14, 2011 9:39 PM

    waynefontes says:
    I guarantee that I know more about running a classroom/school than you do, and if a kid TAPING CARDBOARD LETTERS to the OUTSIDE of the school is the worst thing I had to deal with, then I would be very happy.

    ————————————————-

    I get that, I really do, but this kid could have done what every other kid in the school did; ask the girl out in person, or by phone, or by text, or by e-mail …..

    no, this little douche had to grab all the attention he could by sticking his message on the side of the school. If that girl had an ounce of judgment, she’d turn the fool down for being a moron.

  26. GG Eden says: May 14, 2011 11:43 PM

    Hire Orlovsky to mediate for the NFL vs the NFLPA*

    The man gets it done!

  27. rangenius says: May 15, 2011 8:42 AM

    “Who says that our state and federal legislators have better things to do?”

    I know you guys are big time left wingers but, I rather politcians waste time on this kind of topic instead of making new laws, new taxes, and new wars. Let them tackle the BCS next!

  28. brasho says: May 15, 2011 10:56 AM

    Deb says:
    May 14, 2011 9:28 PM
    YAY!!! Good for Orlovsky!

    Go Tate! Go Tate! Go Tate!

    Good grief, brasho, are you on a lemon diet? The kid posted a sign on the school wall asking a chick to the prom, and Nurse Ratched banned him from the dance for tresspassing on school property. It’s a high school, not Git-mo.

    +++++++++++++++++++++

    See, this is the problem with the lack of seriousness our enabled students have these days. If you had paid attention in English class you would have seen that he was ALREADY suspended from school BEFORE posting the cardboard message. Any/all school systems DO NOT allow suspended students back on school grounds until their suspension is over. Obviously, reading comprehension is not your strong suit.

    I wrote my post knowing that it wouldn’t be popular but at the same time knowing the being right isn’t always popular.

  29. jamoe17 says: May 15, 2011 11:18 AM

    So these people ‘have nothing better to do’, yet Mark has nothing better to do than write a 7 paragraph + story on something that has absolutely nothing to do with football.

  30. Deb says: May 15, 2011 3:07 PM

    @brasho ….

    Saw the story on Today, where there was no mention of a previous suspension and my reading skills weren’t required. Didn’t bother reading anymore here than was necessary to discover you’re an ass. The prior suspension may change how I’d view his situation … but not yours.

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