Big, hairy deal — teen's mane runs afoul of baseball coach

Liam Nazarek has been growing his hair for a year to donate it in September to make wigs for kids...

Liam Nazarek has been growing his hair for a year to donate it in September to make wigs for kids with cancer. Baseball started a week ago and Liam was told by his baseball coach that he couldn't play on the team unless he cut his hair. (Greg Cowan/QMI Agency)

Michael Platt, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:31 PM ET

To a growing clamour of critics, Coach Bryan MacKenzie is a crusty, bad-tempered relic from a less tolerant era, banning some poor kid from his baseball team all because the teen’s hair is too long.

MacKenzie sees it differently.

For the 45-year-old Pincher Creek man, this isn’t about hair, long or short.

It’s about rules and respect, and more importantly, teaching young people to respect themselves.


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