If you’re like me, you’ve been wondering how the debate over this nonprofit basketball tournament in York will turn out.
The city has said Wayne Scott must come up with about $13,000 in past due and current fees, if he wants to have the memorial event this summer.
Scott says he doesn’t have it.
And it seems a shame that something can’t be done.
But maybe something can be done.
Mayor Kim Bracey is set to meet with Scott about the issue on Thursday afternoon, according to the mayor’s office.
Details right now are few, but Scott from the beginning has said he just wants a chance to talk to the mayor, and to explain to her the goodwill that flows into the community from the annual Trey and Boo Classic.
It’s been two years of problem-free, morale-boosting basketball, he said last week, all done in honor of two friends lost to the violence of the street.
Scott said that’s what it’s about: bringing people together, instead of tearing them down.
In fact, the tournament organizer took me to task along those lines earlier this week for what he said was more of the same. He didn’t like that the newspaper included details of his criminal record in its story about the situation.
I can’t say that I blame him.
We should be talking about a charity basketball game, he argued, and that stuff is ancient history and really not important.
Until it is.
That much was clear after the fact, through the story comments in the local media, some of which were quite negative.
(Other comment claimed the legal rightness of Scott’s cause.)
See, there will always be those who look at Wayne Scott and see nothing but a police record. People don’t change, and the problems of his youth define him, some say.
I’m a realist in such matters, too. The past must be pointed out.
But I respectfully disagree with the conclusion.
Yes, Scott has had problems. But he’s also seen friends slayed on the streets of York.
No excuses, just fact.
It seems to me that, while the tournament might bring some city outlay, at the same time enough good has been done at the event to at least take a closer look.
Maybe the city steps up to help cover the sunk cost of past policing. Or maybe the popular tournament is nixed, a casualty of the current budget crunch, or of old problems too deep to dig out from under.
Regardless, some thought at least is required.
And either way, the short- and long-term questions here end up being the same.
Who will pay? And at what cost?