Posted by Adam Jacobi
Miami linebacker Ramon Buchanan is in a world of trouble today after being arrested on Friday and charged with several crimes, including two felonies. According to court documents, Buchanan's alleged felonious conduct was violent behavior toward police officers. The Palm Beach Post has more:
Buchanan, 21, was charged with resisting a police officer with violence and battery on a police officer, firefighter or emergency medical care provider, both of which are felonies.
Buchanan also is accused of three misdemeanors - disorderly conduct, resisting a police officer without violence and trespassing.
Miami head coach Al Golden has suspended Buchanan indefinitely.
Unfortunately, according to the Post, the Miami Police Department has not provided an official report of the incident yet, so not only are we waiting for the other side of they story, we're waiting for both -- the only known details of that night are the pending criminal charges.
Speaking generally, then, it's always worth reiterating that it is never, ever a good idea to lose one's temper with (or even near) a police officer. That's easier said than done, of course, but if one perceives an overstep or other mistake by a police officer, the correct place to address that is in a courtroom, and not 18 inches from the cop's face, at the top of one's lungs, spittle flying. Resorting to violence in that situation has not only never worked, it routinely costs young people (almost exclusively men) a shot at a successful future. Again, that's all speaking generally; Buchanan is still innocent until proven guilty.
From a practical standpoint, as far as football is concerned, Buchanan's suspension and potential dismissal is a tough blow to the Miami defense. The 'Canes don't lose many starters from 2010, but leading tackler/team captain LB Colin McCarthy is off to the NFL, and there's enough flux that having a returning starter senior (wherever in the linebacking corps Golden needed him) would have helped provide stability to the situation. Now, it appears rising senior Sean Spence will have to be the unit's leader almost by default.
That's all by the wayside, though, as Buchanan is now in danger of turning from an experienced veteran to a convicted felon. For a program so committed to discipline that this is its first arrest since 2007, this could be a major hit from both a PR and a personnel perspective.