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Miami LB Ramon Buchanan reinstated after arrest

Posted on: April 8, 2011 5:34 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Last month, Miami linebacker Ramon Buchanan made waves in the headlines for all the wrong reasons: he was arrested and charged with five crimes, including two felonies, after an incident at a Coconut Grove nightclub that involved police officers. According to the police report, Buchanan allegedly resisted arrest, tried to headbutt a police officer, then spat on him, then allegedly told him “I’m a U.M. football player .... I’ll get out of it. F--- the police," which is highly inadvisable.

Today, however, Buchanan's future seems immensely brighter than those few short weeks ago, as head coach Al Golden announced that Buchanan had been reinstated and was practicing with the team. Not only that, just as Buchanan (allegedly) drunkenly predicted, the Miami Herald reported that he might not face any criminal charges for the incident:

“Ramon Buchanan has been reinstated for us and he’ll be practicing today,’’ Golden said Thursday before practice. “He’s taking part in all team activities. He’s done everything that we’ve asked him to do – both me and the athletic department.’’

Golden was asked if a possible suspension, which has not been announced, would be affected by him being reinstated.

“It has nothing to do with that,’’ Golden said. “Right now we’re reinstating him. Again, he has done everything that we’ve asked him to do, and I’m going to keep those things private in terms of what we asked him to do. But it was a considerable amount of things and it will be ongoing here throughout the summer.’’

As to that whole avoiding charges part, the Herald didn't cite anybody making that specific statement, but Florida law may very well be on Buchanan's side:

According to a search by The Miami Herald, the March 18 incident was Buchanan’s first arrest. It is possible he could enter into a pretrial diversion program, which would result in charges being dropped should he fulfill all the requirements. Such requirements might include, for example, extensive community service, taking anger management classes and completing an alcohol-related education program, etc.

One would surmise that Buchanan has been made perfectly aware by Golden that he is on the thinnest of ice with the Miami program right now. Contrary to Buchanan's claim, his status as a Miami football player isn't what stands to help him avoid charges, it's his status as a first-time offender. Moreover, he's been granted a second chance by Golden and, perhaps, the legal system. He is very unlikely to receive a third.


Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: April 11, 2011 9:05 pm

Miami LB Ramon Buchanan reinstated after arrest

Notice tOSU player running through his sorry a$$ tackle. MIA sucks and is going to need all the help it can get.

Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: April 11, 2011 12:56 pm

Miami LB Ramon Buchanan reinstated after arrest

Good ole Miami football.  By far the worst program in all of sports.

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2011 12:36 pm

Miami LB Ramon Buchanan reinstated after arrest

This is what is wrong with college football...NCAA rules forbid you from trading stuff for tattoos.  They forbid you from having your lunch purchased for you by a booster.  They forbid you from taking any money to help the financially stuggling members of your family.  BUT, there is no rule that keeps you from committing felonies.  Just let the convicts back on the field.  THAT illustrates the whole problem!

Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: April 11, 2011 12:35 pm

Miami LB Ramon Buchanan reinstated after arrest

Some things never change.  Same Crap different day.  You would think the school would toss him out on his ass and then the coach wouldn't have a say so.  Working early on the Fulmer Cup, long way to catch Auburn.

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2011 11:03 am

Miami LB Ramon Buchanan reinstated after arrest

From reading the comments it seems like you guys forgot that Golden was brought here for one real reson. To win games. We didnt need another randy shannon, we need to win games, regardless if he brough back a player the got in trouble. Im sure he did everything that was needed to come back to play

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: April 11, 2011 9:30 am

Miami LB Ramon Buchanan reinstated after arrest

Just ridiculous.  It is one thing if he got into a scuffle, but the # of charges and then the rant - exactly the behavior and attitude that is not needed.  Kick his tail off the team.

Nothing like throwing the fodder to the crowd, especially the ones that still think this is the U if the '80s.

Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: April 10, 2011 11:22 pm


Just how a new coach wants to start. He bring the first THUG that gets into trouble back to the team. He just gave the keys to the jail to the inmates. The players know he has taken urban meuers place in Flordia as the THUG LOVER.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: April 10, 2011 11:29 am

Miami LB Ramon Buchanan reinstated after arrest

WOW Miami is BACK!! Now they just ned a player to steal someones checkbook, beat a girl, break into a car, and get caught with some drugs.  Ahhh the good old days!  What a bunch of hoodrats!

Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: April 10, 2011 10:50 am

Miami LB Ramon Buchanan reinstated after arrest

Boise: Very funny indeed! Spitting is more vile than taking a punch to the face. I would have bashed his face in with a night stick if he spit on me, but then again the bleeding heart liberal a-holes would blame the cops for knocking his gold grill out. The sad news for this young man is he will never amount to anything in his life (I hope that is not true). The sad reality is he is acting like the hooligan type player Miami seems to gravitate toward, no matter what the "U" covers up, protects him from, or professes to imply. Hopefully he will change his ways, but then again I know differently. This type of person, involved in this type of incident, rarely gets sanctioned in college football. Golden is missing an opportunity to do the right thing for this kid and his family. Make him go to class and forget about football for a while, and above all else, apologize to the officers for being a di**. 

The bottom line is Golden, and coaches like him, need the player on the field at all costs, even if their reputation is dinked. I hope it works out for him, but it won't. After Buchanan's use on the field, the "U" will rid themselves of another thug football player, the kid goes back to familiar surroundings, and the dream is over. 

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: April 9, 2011 1:29 pm

Miami LB Ramon Buchanan reinstated after arrest

Thought you guys wanted to be the new "U" -- make up your hypocritical mind.  Kid got drunk and acted like a boisehole -- first time (he's been caught) at least.  He SHOULD be on probation and should get a second chance.  It's not like he got caught driving absolutely boisefaced (again!) like Floyd. 

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