Life is paradoxical by doing this: I was strolling towards the Lied Athletic Complex at UNLV on Tuesday, along the path surrounding to the school’s baseball stadium, and once more saw Tim Chambers’ dream becoming reality.
The noises of construction remain to produce a new facility Chambers is convinced will raise the program to a national level, a 10,000-square foot building that will consist of a new clubhouse and lounge and locker space and scholastic area and weight room and batting cage and patio area ignoring the field. Those are the sort of bells and whistles leading employees expect to be included in any sales pitch.
On this exact same day, Chambers was detained in connection with driving under the impact, booked into Clark County Detention Center and right away put on management leave by the university.
He is today the inescapable truth of two faces: A male still quite intent on structure UNLV into a baseball power and one crying out for help.
Whether he is permitted to continue the former’s journey will be chosen by others, given it’s unidentified yet how his case will certainly play out legitimately. Chambers is set up in court Thursday in concerns to the charges versus him, which include one count of DUI, having no evidence of insurance and 2 counts of failure to keep lanes.
You will certainly never ever find in this space the hint of providing an excuse for anybody making the option– not error– to drive under the impact. If it is shown Chambers was at all intoxicated or influenced in any way by a substance or medication he knew was hazardous in which to operate a vehicle that might have potentially led to him hurting or perhaps eliminating others, the consequences are his to face and obligation his to accept.
If his players at UNLV operate under a zero-tolerance policy when it concerns such matters, then whatever decision is made about his future as head coach is his to take on.
But baseball is secondary to the problem many of those closest to Chambers insist is pushing and in requirement of interest, that his arrest on such charges was as inescapable as that gleaming new facility one day being the gem of UNLV’s program.
That through persistent pain from back surgical treatment and going on an indefinite medical leave of absence from his team in July after missing out on most of last season, he has found it very challenging to handle being away from the program on a full-time basis.
That he has handled it in a way dangerous to himself.
Las Vegas can be, in numerous methods, that town lots of have actually blogged about, one where it resembles residing in a big family of uncongenial relations, where sometimes it’s enjoyable and in some cases it’s completely terrible and often our pals need help.
Tim Chambers has a great deal of buddies here, those in a neighborhood that universally promoted years for him to be UNLV’s baseball coach. They helped to hand him the reigns of a program many believed owned limitless possible if run by a guy with a profound understanding of the game and the sort of recruiting connections that would provide the Rebels enough talent to compete nationally.
He was that man when employed prior to the 2011 period, and now it’s time for that very same neighborhood who sung his praises so loudly for so long to offer him its unconditional assistance.
The hardest thing isn’t requiring assistance. It’s being brave enough to ask for it. Chambers is the utmost of characters. He can be interesting and humorous and thoughtful one minute, and an obstinate curmudgeon the next. In other words, he’s a writer’s dream.
It would be too long a list to chronicle those previous players and coaches and good friends Chambers has actually assisted throughout the years, whether it be at Bishop Gorman High or College of Southern Nevada or UNLV. He has actually conserved the lives of some, assisting them conquer their own demons and directing them to a much healthier, more positive path in which to follow. They love him unconditionally.
Tim Chambers is also in pain today. He is suffering. But he needs to know that being strong doesn’t suggest you can and need to deal with every hard scenario by yourself. It suggests you need to possess the sense to let others direct you to your own path of healing.
Nobody knows how this will certainly play out. Chambers will unquestionably have skilled legal representation and the charges versus him might lead to absolutely nothing more than a fine, if that. Maybe the case is dropped. Perhaps absolutely nothing comes of it. Maybe it shows more serious and something does.
UNLV is a completely different matter, since when you are 50 years old and in charge of leading a group of student-athletes and you are detained for DUI prior to 10 a.m. one Tuesday in October– apparently en route to that very same baseball facility where those players await your assistance– your superiors have a duty to resolve the scenario and determine your fate based first and foremost on exactly what is finest for those young men.
The wellness of those players have to come first.
It has to be that way.
That’s the baseball part, and Chambers should allow whatever decision UNLV makes on his status. It is a university and athletic director in Tina Kunzer-Murphy that now can make any demands and put any level of limitations on him they believe are warranted. If he drove while drunked, Chambers decided, not a mistake, and it’s on him to look those players in the eye and confess and look for aid.
But this is a story about far more than plea deals and pitch counts. If it holds true that the hardest we ever struggle is the strongest we will ever be, Chambers requires that very same community now especially to be there and battle with him, to help make him strong once more.
It was in May when Chambers stood amongst faculty and gamers and boosters and friends at a ground breaking for the $2.75 million Anthony and Lyndy Marnell III Baseball Clubhouse, that future gem of UNLV’s program.
Chambers resisted splits.
His dream had ended up being truth.
Today, those closest to him insist he is fighting something far tougher now than mere feeling. This isn’t really just one bad morning in October, no matter how things exist publicly in court or to the media. This is a cry for help, and those who have actually supported Tim Chambers for many years need to hear it.
I hope, like so lots of, more than anything, he will certainly be O.K.
Ed Graney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org!.?.! or 702-383-4618. He can be a heard on”Seat and Ed “on Fox Sports 1340 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Twitter: @edgraney