It's always unfathomably tragic to witness the death of someone with such great youth and potential, especially when it appears preventable.
Arizona offensive lineman
Somehow, the circumstance surrounding the young lineman's death has grown even darker in recent days. With ex-Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez already let go and under fire thanks to an investigation into alleged acts of sexual harassment, it turns out the former Arizona head man also knew of his player's battle with addiction, and did nothing, throwing out the absurd quote, "He'll be fine."
He died the next day.
NEW: former Arizona Football head coach #RichRodriguez simply said "he'll be fine" after Zach Hemmila was brought to him by @Thee_Matty_D a day before he was found dead from an apparent painkiller overdose pic.twitter.com/IuYthFNfjc— Evan Rosenfeld (@Evan_Rosenfeld) January 3, 2018
Rodriguez's actions show the exact lack of empathy that many who suffer from addiction receive from their peers. As a coach and someone to look up to, Rodriguez had the ability to at least attempt to get his player the help he needed.
While we're now fully aware of Rodriguez's perversions, this story emulates better than any other possibly can exactly the type of disconnected and unfeeling individual we're dealing with here.
Whether or not it would have helped will never be known, but to see that an effort wasn't even made is sickening.
Tomorrow will mark one year since Zach Hemmila’s death and Rich Rodriguez was asked about it tonight pic.twitter.com/wwMbOXAk57— Matt Moreno (@MattGOAZCATS) August 8, 2017
Rodriguez's life has definitely been flipped upside down the last 24 hours. But as they say, what goes around comes around.