The BE all and END all of BASKETBALL

June 5, 2013 at 11:29 am 6 comments


I am not a fan of “basketball” although I have written about it and its “king”

I was first introduced to the game by its sound, as a neighbor’s son got his hoop on the garage. All evening long even after dark ( on came the security lights) day after day, night after night you could hear the thump , thump, thump bang shake rattle of the back board hour after hour..

Luckily for me, we moved . My introduction to the sport of basketball was a negative, it ranked up there with barking dogs and Chinese water torture.

In recent days in this neighborhood we have seen an elementary school playground become the place , not of children’s laughter as they slide down slides, climb and play ball, but of consternation and criminal activity; definitely not the intended use of the facility .

Not playing around; Disturbing activity at Admiral King Elementary playground draws concerns

It had become the “gathering place” of “ASB’s” anti- social behaviourists”– these are the young ADULTS who move in , take over and generally don’t give a damn for society except their own. There was much ta do in the neighborhood anger and complaints about the behaviours emanating from the playground long after school was over.


“I’ve seen grown men urinate on playground equipment, people having sex on the slides, smoking pot and who knows whatever else,” Watchorn said. “There are basketball games that go on till all hours of the night, drug deals; terrible language; it goes on constantly.”

Even the intended use of the ” hoops” by the neighborhood children was negated. Instead the ASB’s took over.

Ironically, as I have watched the dialogue unfold menacing and disgusting behavior ( abhorrent to those of us in another society) , open foreplay, fornication , foul language that was as repetitive as the thump, thump, thump, bang, rattle off the backboard- urination on the equipment , culminating in a neighborhood arsonist ( who also went to the playground for the “hoops”) setting fires not once but apparently 3 times but it was the request to remove the hoops that caused consternation among some of the powers that be!

“Where are their priorities ?”

I was amazed therefore, to see how even those who proclaim their place in leadership and society focused not on the “quality of life issues” but becoming irate and passionate about saving “basket ball hoops” on a ELEMENTARY SCHOOL playgound . Some of the people, for whom I have the greatest respect, were defending basketball hoops rather than the quality of life of individuals who are affected by this anti- social behavior.


Lorain school officials remove basketball hoops from Admiral King(Morning Journal)

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Anti Political Correctness Ad by Chris Ritchey

The priorities seem very confused to me so let me be clear:

1. The repetitive noise of the “game ” hour after hour after hour into the early morning has been shown to cause heightened stress levels which in turn can cause health problems . Your decisions ( BOE and Lorain City schools) could be seen to create a possible public/ private nuisance and not only in the Admiral King Elementary neighborhood. .

“To constitute a nuisance, either public or private, the acts complained of must either
cause injury to or obstruct the reasonable use or enjoyment of another’s property”

A common, or public, nuisance is the doing of or the failure to do something that
injuriously affects the safety, health or morals of the public, or works some substantial
annoyance, inconvenience or
injury to the public. Commonwealth v. South Covington &
Cincinnati Street Railway Co., (1918), 181 Ky. 459, 463. To be considered public, the nuisance
must affect an interest common to the general public and it is not necessary that the entire
community be affected, so long as the nuisance will interfere with those who come in contact
with it in the exercise of a public right. W. Keaton, D. Dobbs, R. Keaton & D. Owen, Prosser &
Keaton on the Law of Torts, 645 (5th Ed. 1984).

/”private nuisance”

A private nuisance is an interference with a person’s enjoyment and use of his land. The law recognizes that landowners, or those in rightful possession of land, have the right to the unimpaired condition of the property and to reasonable comfort and convenience in its occupation


2. In this particular situation around Admiral King Elementary,for those BOE members who are trying to save hoops rather than quality of life for their neighbors:

These hoops are being denied to the very children for whom they were meant ! You are introducing an element to a playground that adversely effects your young students.
I don’t think that was the intended use of such equipment

3. If Lorain City Schools wish to give the general population access to the “basket ball ” courts etc. then there must be accountability by the Lorain City Schools. You are confusing a playground with a public park, in my opinion. I don’t believe it is up to Lorain City Schools to provide entertainment to adults at the expense of the children , students and neighbors. Apparently these full court hoops are becoming a magnet for moronic behaviours.

There has to be “rules’ – LCS – you do not let your students run amok in your buildings and playgrounds , spitting, urinating , acts of a sexual nature during the school day. Why then, should you allow such usage after hours? It doesn’t make sense! Does your definition of quality of life and responsible behavior end at the end of the school day?
commit nuisance


No , if the desire is to keep this equipment available to the “general public” then it carries with it the responsibility of “refereeing ” of the usage .

It means signage, limited hours and “policing”- NOT BY THE NEIGHBORHOOD, NOT BY THE RESIDENTS, NOT BY THE LORAIN POLICE DEPT BUT BY THE OWNERS OF THE PROPERTY- LORAIN CITY SCHOOLS ( and apparently since the State of Ohio paid 81 percent for the building of the new facilities ) BY THE STATE!

To those that cry foul to the taking down of the hoops I would suggest “involvement” , intelligentsia, and consideration for those who feel the ripple effect of your decision-making!

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kiki  |  June 5, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Great article. Every word is true.

  • 2. aka/mozart  |  June 5, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    well….I am still holding my breath with the Streator pk hoops and shoops…..sad when one can even respect the great out doors…I cant remember when I was able to even sit outside and read a book and relax…or open all the windows and let the fresh air it…nope…not in my hood…

  • 3. geepa  |  June 9, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    I don’t agree with the removal of basketball hoops as the answer to the problem. Once you start the practice of removing any playground equipment you play into the hands of those that are at the bottom of the problem. Those who are vandalizing, using obscene language and are engaging in any type of criminal activity do not want anyone in the area that may disrupt any of the criminal activity. The true solution is enforcement; do not take the answer that the police are too busy to be bothered to prevent 100,000 of damage to that playground. Basketball players did not start that fire, nor did they engage in sexual acts at night. No longer should we stand for selective enforcement. We watch once thriving neighborhoods deteriorate as homes and businesses are allowed to go unattended, we watch as our law enforcement fail to enforce the simplest of traffic laws such as walking in streets and crossing wherever one pleases, disposing of dirty diapers in public parking places. Watch as a superintendent of schools removes basketball hoops instead of disciplining the one who is responsible to monitor videos once the neighborhood brought it to his attention. We have become accustomed to the practice of selective enforcement. That public forum should have demanded answers as to why no one from the police department checked on any illegal activities, and why wasn’t someone monitoring the videos. Instead we punish the ones who enjoyed the use of the playground, the innocent ones for the actions of the criminals. While the ones who should be punished, the ones who are paid to make our playgrounds safe for everyone, are allowed to selective enforce.

  • 4. Loraine Ritchey  |  June 9, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    well geepa actually it was those who “played the hoops” e.g basket ball players – the guy that set the fires was also a hoop player… that caused all the disgraceful behaviours…

    these weren’t students of the school, in fact they chased away the younger players and children .these are the criminal ADULT element on a school playground. they were the ones using the area and the hoops for their own needs. and to relieve themselves ,fore play and fornication ……

    The innocent ones were driven off the court by the yobos…..

    I don’t believe Lorain City Schools is in the entertainment for the general population and adults. and nor should they be…..

    Basket Ball players of the adult age group using those hoops should be in the “CITY” parks not on an elementary school playground….

    BUT IF you are going to be in the recreational business for the general public it is up to those supplying the recreational facilities to “police” those facilities, not my neighborhood, not my block watch and not my LPD…… 🙂

    For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction ( Newstons 3rd law )

  • 5. geepa  |  June 10, 2013 at 1:29 am

    I never read anywhere that said he played hoops ( I have to assume you know) But I also read that there was a female and male suspect that set the first fire and they have not been arrested. The state has set aside so many acres per school to be used for those types of recreational use. Many schools have baseball fields, soccer fields, football fields as well as playground equipment. I dont see any school rushing to take down football fields or closing off soccer fields for use as well as baseball fields. In fact I have seen an adult soccer team play on school grounds as well as adults playing tennis on school tennis courts. Not every neighborhood has neighborhood parks. The LPD is to there to police no matter who is supplying facilities. Should every private swim club hire its own police force? it is all the same pot of tax payers money be it Lorain School Board or the City of Lorain. If LPD gets a call from any neighborhood on any property be it private or public it should be taken seriously. Selective enforcement is what got us here today.

  • 6. Loraine Ritchey  |  June 10, 2013 at 10:51 am

    well HE has been charged wit the three counts ( and is out back in the neighborhood) yes I do know more of the story than hit the news 🙂

    The state does not require the schools to “open” them to the general public after school hours..

    Are the genral [public allowed to go and play pick up football at George Daniel field? No but every private swim club uses “lifeguards and provides them”

    I would think due to “turf” matters regarding a proper soccer field they adult team has an understanding with the facility .I know my sons teams a couple of whom I managed had to have insurances, damage liability etc…… nets supply even the anchors for the nets and field marking also was a factor ..

    Anyway 247 taxpayers in that neighborhood said they don’t want the hoops due to the problems caused and since they have been gone the playground has reverted back to the kids and no noise and gangbanging at 2 in the morning .. the hoops are an attraction and in this case a bad one

    But as I have said those who are crying foul and give the kids / gangbangers as well hoops, raise the money put in a court behind the police dept and garner volunteers to man the facilities all night long if need be!

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