Tag:Police Blotter
Posted on: November 9, 2010 10:46 am
Edited on: November 9, 2010 10:47 am

Arizona State punter busted for DUI

Posted by Tom Fornelli

When Arizona State was in Los Angeles losing to USC on Saturday night, it was without its punter.  Trevor Hankins, who is third in the nation with a 47.09 yards per punt average, didn't make the trip, but there had been no explanation for his absence from Dennis Erickson or the team.  We have one now, though.

The good news is that Hankins isn't hurt.  The bad news is that he's currently suspended following an arrest for DUI.

Hankins was pulled over at 1:23am on Friday morning in Scottsdale after making two u-turns and drifting into another lane.  When the police pulled him over, Hankins told them that he was on the way to pick up a couple of friends who were too drunk to drive themselves, and that he pulled the U-turns because he thought he left his wallet at a store.

Hankins also admitted that he'd had some drinks earlier in the night, and after subjecting Hankins to some tests, the police then arrested him for "driving while impaired to the slightest degree."  

As for when Hankins will be allowed to return to the team, Dennis Erickson said during his press conference on Monday that he wanted to talk to Hankins before making a decision about this week's game against Stanford.  So unless Hankins shows up to that conversation impaired to the slightest degree, I'd expect him to be back for the Stanford game.
Posted on: November 8, 2010 4:53 pm

Utah fan gets angry, shoots the ground

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Saturday had to be a pretty painful day for Utah fans.  The Utes hosted TCU in what was probably the biggest game in Mountain West history, as both teams were ranked in the top five in the BCS, and then Utah had to sit and watch the Horned Frogs destroy them 47-7 in its own stadium.  Now the Utes can kiss any possible BCS bid goodbye as they've dropped in the polls.

It's one thing to lose, and have your dreams ripped away from you, but to have it done in such an embarrassing fashion?  When people all over the country are tuning in?  That's got to be painful. Pain that leads to sadness which leads to drinking, and the drunken sadness turns to anger, and the anger then becomes rage.  And there's only one thing you can do when the drunken sad-angry-rage shows up.  Get your gun, and take it out on the Earth.
An angry University of Utah fan expressed his frustration by firing a gun in his yard, according to Salt Lake City police.

The Utes football team lost 47-7 Saturday in a big contest against TCU. Police said a 27-year-old man near 1200 S. Foothill Drive was so angry after the game he drank some alcohol and fired his pistol into the ground in his yard. Officers issued him a citation for discharging a firearm.
The fan had actually been aiming for the sky, but it turns out his accuracy was as good as Jordan Wynn's on Saturday.

Seriously, though, I'm not sure how shooting your lawn earns you a citation.  I mean, it's clear that this angry Utah fan was only trying to aerate his lawn in preparation for the winter, and if you can think of a better way to aerate your lawn than shooting the hell out of it, I'd sure like to hear it.
Posted on: November 4, 2010 1:05 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2010 1:05 pm

Dowling dismissed because of his attitude

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Monday Florida's head coach Urban Meyer announced that the team had dismissed freshman safety Jonathan Dowling for violating team rules.  On Thursday we found out what team rules he violated.  Turns out that the kid was kind of punk, or as one unnamed source told the Palm Beach Post, "he was a complete (expletive)."

While we don't know for sure what expletive was used, I'd guess it rhymes with bassmole, which isn't a word but suits my purpose here.

Apparently Dowling was not complying with coaches and staff members and spending his days not going to class and skipping tutoring sessions.  When he was confronted by the coaching staff about it, he acted like one of those bassmoles, and Meyer decided that was enough to kick him off the team.  Which is fine.

This is Florida, after all, and there is just no place for that kind of behavior in the Gators program. 

While the Gators will tolerate you firing off an AK-47 in a parking lot, getting arrested for a DUI, or arrested for threatening to kill your girlfriend, those are very different circumstances.  See, those guys are all starters who contribute on the field, so while they might be suspended for a while, they're going to be back when they're needed.

But if you're just some punk-ass freshman with an attitude on the bench?  Well, that's just uncalled for.  

Hit the bricks, kid.
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:03 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:08 pm

PSU fan attacked for wearing Michigan costume

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's something to remember when you're going out on Halloween in a costume that may not be quite as obvious a disguise to others as much as it is to you.  For instance, when you see Cam Newton dressed up as the tooth fairy you know he's in costume because he's Cam Freaking Newton.

He might knock out a few of your teeth as he runs you over, but he sure as hell isn't sneaking into your room at night and leaving any money under your pillow for them.

One year, I dressed up as one of my friends for Halloween.  Now, my friends got the idea and found it rather amusing, while others just thought that I looked like some guy who really liked Pantera.

This Penn State fan took my route with costumes, and unfortunately, some of his fellow Penn State fans didn't quite get it.
A Penn State fan dressed as a Michigan fan for Halloween was assaulted by four men during Saturday night's Nittany Lions-Wolverines game at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., according to a report.

Police told the Centre Daily Times in State College that the man was attacked because the assailants believed he was a Michigan fan.

The man was treated at Mount Nittany Medical Center and was released, according to the report.
Way to go, Penn State fans.  Takes a lot of class to attack somebody just because they might be a fan of the opposing team.  Also, while I don't condone the actions these four morons took, I must say, I might understand their motive a bit more had Michigan actually been beating Penn State on Saturday night, and the Michigan fan was rubbing it in.

Instead these four just decided to attack a guy who would have had nothing to celebrate if he actually were a Michigan fan.  That's a special kind of crazy, one I like to call, alcohol.

Posted on: October 28, 2010 12:04 pm

OSU confident no violations to come

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While Oklahoma State has already announced that wide receiver Justin Blackmon will be suspended for this week's game against Kansas State following his DUI arrest on Monday , and Blackmon has issued an apology, there still is the question of how Blackmon came across the tickets to Monday night's Dallas Cowboys game at JerryWorld.

JerryWorld is an expensive place to see a football game, one of the most expensive in the NFL, and given all the troubles going on throughout college football about contact between players and agents, it's a natural question to ask.  How did Blackmon get those tickets, and will it result in any kind of NCAA violation for the school?

Well, at the moment, the school is pretty confident that Blackmon did nothing wrong to acquire the seats.
Dallas Cowboy tickets are believed to have been provided to Blackmon and his friends by the father of a former OSU player. Cowboy athletic director Mike Holder would not comment on the Blackmon situation, but OSU sources indicate that athletic department officials are confident that no extra-benefit NCAA violation has occurred.

Which may be true, but considering everything Oklahoma State went through with Dez Bryant last season -- who happens to be a former OSU player that plays for the Cowboys, but this is just my brain connecting dots -- the last thing they want is the NCAA sniffing around campus right now.
Posted on: October 19, 2010 11:11 am

Did a concussion lead to Chris Rainey's arrest?

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It seems that 2010 is becoming the year of the concussion in football.  As we all learn more about what concussions are and the long term effects they have on those who suffer them, the world of football has begun to take the injury a lot more serious than it had in the past.  Just look at the NFL this weekend, as two big hits in two seperate games have the league wondering if it should start suspending players who make head-to-head contact while tackling.

While the long term effects of concussions like chronic traumatic encephalopathy -- CTE -- have included depression and suicide, what about the short term effects?  There's no question that a concussion could lead to some dramatic behavior changes in a victim, like perhaps that person suddenly decides he wants to text an ex-girlfriend that it's "time to die."  That's what some are wondering in the case of suspended Florida receiver, Chris Rainey, who suffered a concussion only a few days before his arrest.

Even the victim in the Rainey case thinks his concussion had something to do with the events of that night.
Since the arrest, the victim has maintained that Rainey's threatening behavior that night was out of character. According to state attorney's records, the victim told police Rainey "has been acting strangely since receiving a head injury in a game played on 9/11/10."

The Gators played USF on that day, and coach Urban Meyer told reporters two days later that Rainey had a concussion.

"He got dinged pretty good," Meyer said on Sept. 13.
When reviewing the text messages between Rainey and the victim that led to the infamous "time to die" message, the victim pointed to Rainey's concussion that very night.
Text messages exchanged between Rainey and the victim that night indicate she thought Rainey's concussion was affecting his behavior. "U want to act a fool so im gonna act a fool too and im here," Rainey texted the victim.

She responded, "I'm not opening the door. It will do no good. Go back home and cool off. U have a concussion chris. Ur acting ridiculous."

Now the question is, is the concussion an excuse or a reason?  It's not easy to answer, but Dr. Robert Cantu of the Sports Legacy Institute says that injuring the brain, which a concussion does, changes behavior and can cause people to act bizarrely.  Of course, Cantu also says that bizarre behavior changes don't normally include "irrational or emotional behavoir, or loss of impulse control."

Which there's no question Rainey displayed on that night.  Though whether it was love or a concussion, we'll likely never know.
Posted on: October 15, 2010 11:43 am

Baylor boots pothead receiver

Posted by Tom Fornelli

One of the side effects of long tem marijuana use is the loss of short-term memory.  I bring that up because it might help explain the plight of Baylor wide receiver Willie Jefferson.   You see, Jefferson was busted last week, along with teammate Josh Gordon, with a small bag of the sticky in his car by the police.  Which you would think would cause Jefferson to think to himself that maybe he should lay off the weed for a bit, so he doesn't get in any more trouble with the law or his football team.

Oh, but that darn short-term memory loss!  Jefferson was arrested again on Thursday when he was once again busted by the police with pot on him.   He was freed on $1,500 bond, and he was also freed from the team.

Coach Art Briles said in a school statement that he was releasing Jefferson from the team for that old standby, "violating unspecified team rules."  Which, as we know, is getting busted with pot twice in two weeks.

Jefferson had only one catch for Baylor this season, a 43-yard touchdown reception.  No word on whether he was high when he made it, but I think it's safe to assume he got high after that game.
Posted on: October 14, 2010 11:48 am
Edited on: October 14, 2010 11:49 am

Colorado DB arrested for domestic violence

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Colorado has suspended freshman defensive back Josh Moten indefinitely following his arrest on Tuesday morning.  Moten was arrested and charged with third-degree assault and domestic violence after getting into an argument with an ex-girlfriend. 

Apparently the argument started when Moten's ex-girlfriend demanded a pair of earrings she'd given him as a gift back, and then slapped him.  Moten then responded by shoving her.  Which, while I don't condone any kind of violence against women, seems like a pretty lame reason to be arrested for domestic violence to me.  Even the police seem to agree.

Police commander Tim McGraw -- no, not that Tim McGraw -- said that the altercation was "real minor" and that the investigation is ongoing, and could eventually result in the arrest of Moten's ex-girlfriend.  He said the police were forced to arrest Moten because the girl later reported feeling pain after Moten pushed her.

The only reason there was a domestic violence charge added was due to the relationship the two had in the past.

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