American Hero of the Week: Brian Goldman

20120131_dn_Z1NPXHATE31CIn the latest bit of headline-grabbing Philadelphia-violence news, a U Penn kid named Brian Goldman got cold-cocked while he sat in the back of a cab a block from City Hall on Saturday night.

All things recently brutal considered, that sounds pretty tame.

But what makes this story noteworthy is what happened next.

When the cabbie got out and tussled with the kids, Goldman ran. And looked back when he got a half block away from the scene. And then wrote a spare-no-lazy-cliche column for the Ivy’s newspaper blaming those who watched the chaos ensue instead of intervening. When, oddly enough, he didn’t intervene on behalf of the cabbie who defended his honor.

“At that point, I couldn’t fight back, nor did I want to,” he said. “I was convinced these kids had a knife on them, or some weapon, so I jogged up the block.”

Goldman said that when he got halfway up the street, he turned to make sure the cabbie was all right and saw him driving away.

“He was a very brave man,” Goldman said.

Yes, Brian, he was brave.

4 comments for “American Hero of the Week: Brian Goldman

  1. January 31, 2012 at 13:03

    don’t blame him for running to safety, but he has got to get off his high horse about bystander apathy when his is even worse. at least he didn’t have to reschedule his date, so who cares if the cabbie was hurt or the group attacked more people later – he made it to his date.

  2. January 31, 2012 at 13:32

    A much nicer way of saying what I wanted to say, essesppis.

  3. January 31, 2012 at 23:46

    is it wrong to hope he a least went home with blue balls that night… the idea of him actually getting laid that night after such a cowardly move is just too much to take.

  4. February 1, 2012 at 13:09

    Not in the least.

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