Posted on: May 22, 2009 10:36 am
Oddly, I was wondering just the other day about whatever happened to former Tennessee guard Ramar Smith.
Turns out, he's still in Knoxville.
Allegedly robbing and stealing everything from cash to guns to marijuana.
But in all seriousness, Thursday night's news that Smith had surrendered to police for his alleged role in a home invasion earlier this week is sad, yet a reminder that many of the student-athletes (and I use that word loosely) you cheer for every season are actually troubled souls who just happen to dribble a basketball fairly well. Or in Smith's case, not well enough. That's why he never landed on solid ground after Bruce Pearl dismissed him following the 2008 NCAA tournament, because he wasn't all that good. Had he been, some coach would've explained that the multiple failed drug tests Smith possessed at UT were merely the result of a young man still trying to grow up, more a part of his past than his future. But because Smith was just an average prospect, he mostly disappeared until he was charged with aggravated robbery.
If you want to be an idiot, it's best to average 15 points per game.
Or maybe the lesson is to stay away from drugs and guns.
Either way, say goodbye to Ramar Smith -- the former top 100 recruit now on his way to prison.