Poor Cole Vanderbilt. He's getting his 15 minutes of fame and it ain't a pretty sight. A red-hot YouTube video is out that is rapidly turning the Connell, Wash., high school basketball player into one of the most hated -- or at least, feared -- hoopsters in all the land.
So far, there has been more than 25,000 hits since the post went up on YouTube on December 28. Just over 5 minutes long, the video chronicles six flagrant, anything-goes personal fouls that erupted during the now infamous December 22 game between the Connell Eagles and the Highland Scots.
The video was shot by a Yakima man named Michael Christenson who claims he wanted to make a point to a small group of Highland students and parents about the need for better officiating. As you'll see, the referees did a less than admirable job in policing the increasingly unruly game in Connell that the Eagles won 38-37.
Vanderbilt is a 6-foot-3, 280-pounder and plays center for the Eagles. Check him out on the video. He wears No. 34, and play particular attention to flagrant fouls 4 and 5.
The kid has been bombarded with negative, even cruel comments since the video went up, but as Connell coach Oscar Garza tells the Tri-Cities Herald, "(Cole Vanderbilt) is a tough kid, but those that know him know he's a teddy bear. My 7-year-old son loves him and lights up when he's around. But on (YouTube) he's the meanest, ugliest kid. It's not fair, but I just want to him to know his teammaters and coaches are behind him.