For over a hundred years sports have been an integral part of our universities and their surrounding communities. As a result, a long-awaited championship run can often times end in too great a celebration.

This is exactly what happened in Lexington, Kentucky after the Kentucky Wildcats and Coach John Callipari defeated the Kansas University Jayhawks in route to capturing the school's 8th NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship.

After Kentucky wrapped up the title, people took to the Lexington streets in elation and during the celebrations a man was shot in the leg. Police said Tuesday that doctors have since amputated the man's foot, according to ESPN.

The victim, 31-year-old Harold Calloway, remained hospitalized Tuesday afternoon, said Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts.

He was wounded around 2 a.m. as raucous Kentucky fans celebrated in the streets.

No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.

Police don't typically identify wounded victims, but because Calloway has outstanding criminal warrants in Indiana police decided to release his name, added Roberts.

In addition to the shooting, authorities reported numerous small fires and dozens of arrests resulting from the celebrations that lasted into the early morning hours Tuesday.

It is ironic that an unfortunate event such as being shot can expose a victim to criminal consequences as Calloway's name has been publicized because of the Indiana warrants issued against him. Talk about adding insult to injury.

Finally, I will never understand why people feel the need to destroy property and injure others to celebrate athletic achievement. I guess sometimes when alcohol and realized objectives meet some feel that the only logical thing to do is riot.

What do you think?

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