Bears' Kyle Long booted from Deerfield High field

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  1. The Benjamin

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    By Gregory Trotter, Tribune reporter
    5:20 p.m. CDT, July 17, 2014

    Being a Pro-Bowl football player doesn't guarantee turf time at Deerfield High School, Chicago Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long found out recently.

    Long said he was working out at Deerfield High School Wednesday when he was asked to leave, according to disgruntled dispatches posted on Long's Twitter account.

    On Wednesday, Long tweeted:
    "Remind me never to go train at Deerfield High School football field again."

    And then:
    "Something about crushing optional 100 yard sprints that Deerfield HS doesn't like on their vacant fields."

    Earlier in the day, Long had asked his Twitter followers which Lake County high schools had turf fields for a workout. He later explained that he was "nostalgic" running on a high school field.

    Long later tweeted that the athletic director gave him "the boot at about 3/4 through."

    The pro football player, though, said he didn't throw his weight around to persuade school officials to let him stay.

    Asked by a Twitter follower whether he informed the school employee who he was, Long responded: "No I'm not much for that kinda thing."

    Jennifer Waldorf, spokeswoman for Township School District 113, said the district's turf fields are only for the use of students and staff members during school hours because of insurance liability and maintenance costs.

    Signs posted at the field prohibit public use, she said.

    While running sprints, Long spotted Athletic Director Robert Ruiz, Waldorf said, and he acknowledged that he likely wasn't allowed on the field. Ruiz confirmed that to be the case.

    "I think it was a quick conversation," Waldorf said. "There was no confrontation. … He quickly finished his sprints and left."

    Waldorf said Long told Ruiz his first name, but didn't say he was a Bears player.

    This isn't the first time a Chicago Bear has been ousted from a suburban high school athletic field.

    In 2011, tight end Greg Olsen, who now plays for the Carolina Panthers, said he was kicked off the field at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire.

    Many of Long's Twitter followers said he could come train at their respective high schools in the Chicago suburbs.

    Meanwhile, Waldorf extended an olive branch of sorts on behalf of Deerfield High.

    "We would certainly welcome him back to practice with the (Deerfield High) Warriors at any time," she said.

    "We'd love to have him back."

    gtrotter@tribune.com

    Twitter: @NorthShoreTrib

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    Too late now and why would you welcome back and NFL pro to practice with your HS football team after you say you're worried about the liability and wear and tear involved with him running some sprints on your vacant field.

    How does putting a 316lbs pro OG on the same field with 200lb HS kids not expose the school to liability if one of them gets hurt and what in the hell is your turf made from, unicorn hair? Try again sis this story don't ring true.
     
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    I'm sure the liability issues extend to Long as well. If he gets hurt on THEIR property... then they can be held accountable for any injury that may occur. Their insurance probably only covers students and staff, so... Long breaks a leg on a divot in the field... they are on the hook.
     
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    True but in this instance I think that's stretching it a little don't you?

    Look, I'm in full agreement that if you have a policy that says only students and staff can use that field and then only during school hours then you should enforce it. Make an exception for Kyle Long and pretty soon Jerry Jogger is on your running track.

    The Englewood HS athletic fields are a block away from me and I'm not allowed on them either. So I'm OK with that but not her glib response about inviting him to a HS football practice.

    If Kyle gets injured at the football practice the same risks apply right? I don't buy into the convenient application of rules only as seen fit by some school administrator. She may have meant it as a joke but it comes off more as an offer that benefits her school and not Kyle.

    That said, he's just the kind of guy who would show up at their HS football practice but not the kind of guy who would sue them for risks he knew that he was taking.
     
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    It sounds like they didn't realize Kyle was a Bears player. I really respect the fact that he didn't even tell them he was an NFL player. A lot of guys would have played the diva and got pushy about being a big-shot NFL celeb. It sounds like Kyle just quietly left without even telling them who he was.

    I'll bet that if the school would like to allow Kyle access to work out there, then they could figure out a way to do this and not risk liability. I get it that they don't want everyone using their field, but this could be an exception they allow - if they had a liability waiver signed or something like that, so he could practice with their blessing. In fact, we've had (and still have one guy who plays for the New England Patriots) NFL players from our high school. I couldn't imagine our coach telling them they couldn't work out at the high school facilities.

    One other thing.....totally unrelated but it came to mind while I was typing this. We had three players from our local Pop Warner type league, go on to be NFL players. They are brothers. They don't live here anymore (their parents still do though). I have often thought of how cool it would be, if sometime when all three were visiting with their parents during the football season, if they would visit their old team and talk with the players (these are grade school age kids.....very young). How cool would that be, as an 8, 9 or 10 year old boy, to meet with three 300-pound NFL linemen who could talk a bit about getting their start with the local children's football team? These guys are in their 30's now and retired from the NFL, so they probably do visit their parents at times during the football season now.
     
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    Love the that he didn't play the diva card like so many athletes might have.

    Also respect that they did not bend the rules despite their empty invite back..... Because once you open the door a crack, it tends to be blown off the hinges.

    Okay you can since you are an NFL player for the local team.... Leads to other NFL players, which could lead to all pro athletes, extends to minor league guys (in baseball Ect.) could lead to amature athletes training for this or that.....

    Excepions are funny, and watching how they get expanded for very little reasons, and before you know it, your private field is now open to the general public.
     
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    During school hours is the key.

    I'm not sure why he did this during school hours. This could have been a security issue as well.

    Off school hours, I would say it's wrong for them to boot him.
     
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    Not stretching at all...Kyle is a professional athlete, worth a few million dollars, and a key piece of the Bears offensive line. If he were to get injured training at a non-Bears facility, that facility could definitely be liable for it. Im not saying it would happen, but the Bears could definitely sue that school (or any other facility a player gets injured at). Thats the type of legal liability a school does not want.


    In any case...how the hell did he get in there without anybody knowing? Did he just hop a fence and decide to train on his own? Did he ever ask anyone at the school for permission to train there? This whole story seems....weird.
     
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    I never understood the whole liability thing.

    If you are on another persons property by your own free will, it's buyers beware.

    He gets hurt, it's on him. I know that's not how the courts see it, but I never understand that.

    It's the old case of the burglar getting hurt while robbing you. You owe that person some money for getting hurt on your property, while committing a crime. I hate liability!!
     
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    I agree, it's during school hours I'm thinking. Maybe he thinks school is not in session or something?

    To me, I'm not going near a school unless my kid goes there.

    However, shame on them for not recognizing Kyle!
     
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