Mizzou football now knows how the NFL feels. Last week the NFL was in an uproar over illegal hits and fined multiple players for those hits. After the games, however, the NFL was selling photos of those same hits. The problem that caused is that people realized the league was profiting off of these illegal hits and then turning around and fining the players for them. The NFL later came out and said it was a mistake and they wouldn't be selling any more of those photos.
Now it's Mizzou's turn to be put into that position. On Saturday night after the Tigers beat then No.1 Oklahoma, the fans of course rushed the field. That was to be expected. What was not expected was 30 folks being arrested for rushing the field. OK. Whatever. Arrest someone for rushing the field.
But do not start selling photos of the fans rushing the field if rushing the field is illegal!
That's what some of the people involved had a problem with, according to the Post-Dispatch.
"I don't think it's fair," said Christopher Deem, 20, a sophomore business student from St. Charles who was among those arrested. "If they're going to let 30,000 people rush the field, they shouldn't arrest 30. If they're going to try and be all politically correct by arresting people and say it's for safety, I don't think they should be selling photos of it."
Now Mizzou, like the NFL, is claiming it was a mistake, according to The Missourian. They will not continue to sell those photos.
"This happened to include people running on the field," MU spokesman Chad Moller said. "This was a mistake and an oversight of something that didn’t get filtered out."
Uh-huh. A complete mistake. I think Mizzou, like the NFL, is learning that you can't have it both ways. Clearly the scene of the night was the students rushing the field. Mizzou knows that as evidenced by them selling photos of it and all other photographers notice it as it's been the top photo on many of the stories about Mizzou beating Oklahoma.
Arresting folks -- some folks, not all -- for rushing the field probably isn't the best idea. I