Free Admission to Seahawks Game: A Fatherly Mistake

In the late 1920s, Dr. J. B. Watson, an earlier generation of Dr. Spock, maintained that children must be treated with cold detachment. His advice to parents: “Never hug and kiss them.”

No longer, Dr. Watson. Today, we worship them, baby them, worry about them. Our devotion is slavish. Anything for Little Jimmy.

And so we were struck by the recent news that the district commander in charge of Washington State Patrol troopers in Pierce and Thurston counties was demoted for letting his son and his son’s girlfriend into a Seattle Seahawks game even though they had no tickets.

Ken Noland, a 23-year veteran on the force, was removed Jan. 10 as the District 1 commander after State Patrol Chief John Batiste “lost confidence in his ability to lead,” says agency spokesman Bob Calkins.

Calkins would not say which game Noland’s kid and best girl got into, sans tickets, but it’s a good bet that it was the Dec. 29 season finale at CenturyLink, the day the Seahawks routed the St. Louis Rams 27-9.

Noland was reassigned as a lieutenant with the State Patrol’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau.

“I made a mistake,” Noland told The New Tribune. “The chief made his decision, and I’m moving forward.”

A source familiar with the incident told the paper that Noland, off duty but in uniform, was moonlighting at CenturyLink, to provide security. He was stationed at one of the entrances to the stadium.

At one point Noland asked a ticket taker to allow his son and the son’s girlfriend into the game. The ticket taker refused, but Noland later was able to get them admitted.

Another State Patrol employee saw the exchange and blew the whistle on Noland.

Here’s hoping Little Jimmy enjoyed the game.

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