Jewish jokes

Sam Goldstein, 16, is suing Newbury Park High School in Ventura County, California and its part-time football and baseball coach for making anti-Semitic remarks, tolerating anti-Jewish jokes by teammates and benching Goldstein when his mother complained.

The lawsuit states that teammates made jokes to Goldstein such as . . . “How do you fit 500,000 Jews in a car? Two in front, three in the back, and the rest in the ashtray.”

The lawsuit also states that Newbury Park High baseball and football coach John Marsden in March 2003 allegedly, “told Sam that ‘God didn’t like him, because he was a Jew.'”

At a January 2003 birthday party with other athletes, Goldstein had to endure a “concentration camp” game in which, the lawsuit alleges, “his teammates from baseball and football pressed him against a fence and told jokes about how, unlike pizza, Jews scream when placed in an oven.”

Goldstein’s family has moved; he won’t be returning to Newbury Park High. No sense of humor, I guess.

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Comments

  1. I’m speechless.

  2. I’m guessing Newbury Park High will NOT cut the sports budget when it gets socked for a half-million dollars in the lawsuit.

    But maybe I’m cynical.

  3. Robin Roberts says:

    I grew up in a neighboring town and have a hard time believing that Newbury Park H.S. – which was a good place to go to school in my days – could see this kind of behavior.

  4. Margaret says:

    Ick. How come our schools can waste so much time and money teaching all the staff and students about “diversity,” yet this kind of genuinely despicable behavior can still occur??

  5. “so much time and money teaching all the staff and students about “diversity,” yet this kind of genuinely despicable behavior can still occur??

    I don’t think Jews are considered diverse, at least not by the US govt and by institutions of higher learning.

    Of course, by suing, he is living up to a prominent Jewish stereotype.

  6. Richard Nieporent says:

    Of course, by suing, he is living up to a prominent Jewish stereotype.

    I guess Joel must have played on the Newbury Park High School football team.

  7. Mad Scientist says:

    Hey Joel, try this:

    Of course, by eating watermelon and fried chicken, he is living up to a prominent black stereotype.

    Tell me that would not be offensive if you were African American.

  8. I promise you that ANY member of a socially protected class (i.e. religion, race, disability, gender) would absolutely sue after being the target of that sort of behavior. Jewish stereotype my ass.

  9. Sounds like Richard and Mad Scientist are “typical” jews. The kid needs to grow a backbone and not go running to mommy! Heard the kid was never first string either. Get the facts right. No I never played football and it wouldn’t bother me if someone called me a Catholic!