This will be a good lesson for all you young jocks out there: the next time we see a college athlete pulled over for drunk driving, let’s see if he (or she) gets off the hook by simply offering an apology like University of Georgia athletic director Damon “She’s Just a Friend” Evans. Evans was pulled over this week by Atlanta cops for erratic driving and failed a field sobriety test. (He refused to take a breathalyzer.) On top of that, Evans was driving around more than 90 minutes from home with a young woman in the car who was NOT his wife. That young woman, 28-year-old Courtney Fuhrmann, was so anxious to get away from the scene of the crime that she left the vehicle several times after cops warned her not to. Fuhrmann was arrested on disorderly conduct charges and released, hopefully in the opposite direction of Evans wife.
Look, this whole thing could just be a big misunderstanding. But it will be interesting to see how UGA handles their next student-athlete drunk driving case. Will that young person get to keep their “job” at the school?
Here’s more from the Herald Tribune:
University of Georgia athletic director Damon Evans apologized Thursday after he was arrested for drunken driving, saying he “failed miserably” in being a leader and representing the school well. A state trooper pulled over Evans late Wednesday night for driving erratically in Atlanta. Evans, 40, smelled of alcohol and failed a field sobriety test, police said. He was charged with DUI and failure to maintain a lane.
“My behavior and my actions are not indicative of what we teach our student athletes,” Evans said during a news conference at the Athens campus. “My actions have put a black cloud over our storied program.”
Also in the car with Evans was 28-year-old Courtney Fuhrmann. She was charged with disorderly conduct after police said she repeatedly ignoring warnings to stay inside the 2009 BMW while the trooper was conducting the field sobriety test Authorities did not know the relationship between Fuhrmann and Evans.
“I honestly don’t want to talk to any press,” Fuhrmann said by telephone.