After the phrase “when the truth comes out” (it never does) or next favorite sports/crime phrase has to be “we do not want to rush to judgment.”
As in, “we know it LOOKS like the guy on our team did something really, really awful, it was caught on camera, and there are 100 witnesses, but let the legal process take its sweet time and hopefully your outrage will have faded in the meantime or you will have found another shiny object to fixate on.” So please, don’t think badly of our program and stop spending your cash on us.
In this case, the plea for us to “not rush to judgement” comes from the University of Minnesota men’s basketball team after an assistant coach, and the son of head coach Tubby Smith, was arrested for DWI was pulled over at 2:20 am early Saturday morning after cops spotted him speeding on a highway and driving on the shoulder. Okay, so maybe there is a logical explanation for that, right?
Maybe, but young Saul Smith also blew a 0.18% BAC, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08%. Not enough to get him into our World Famous BadJocks BAC Rankings (you need a 0.23% or higher these days) but if Mr. Smith is around 200 lbs, that means–according to our chart–he had to have consumed about 10 drinks in the hour before his arrest to get a BAC in that range.
Yes, we do always have to let the legal process work its way out, and the school has put Coach Smith on unpaid leave, but please don’t try and make us feel like he guy was framed or there is some other explanation for this behavior. It certainly appears the he had quite a bit to drink and got behind the wheel.
Source: Star Tribune
No BAC reported on this yet, but my main concern right now is whether I have Turner on one of my fantasy football teams.
Here’s more from Yahoo Sports:
Michael Turner hasn’t exactly had the best start to a season so far in 2012. He was limited to just 11 carries in the opening week and while he followed that up with a 42 yard, one touchdown performance on Monday night against the Denver Broncos, things will be getting a little more difficult for the nine year pro. Early Tuesday morning, Turner was arrested and charged with DUI and speeding.
The 30-year-old rusher was pulled over after police say they saw him going 97 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. Turner was driving his Audi R8 sports car at the time of the incident and upon questioning by police at the scene and a subsequent failed drug test; he was taken to Gwinnett County Jail and booked just after 5 a.m. ET.
The way NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been cracking down on behavior detrimental to the league off the field, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Turner get suspended or fined heavily for this incident. While the fact that he was driving while drunk and excessively speeding are terrible things, fans may begin to question whether Turner can be trusted enough to lead the team to the Super Bowl. His lack of judgment is easily seen following the arrest and any possible punishment the league hands down to him would be deserving, but it does nothing but hurt the team.
First off, no, we don’t know what his exact BAC was, other than it was over the legal limit of .08%. (And likely not enought to qualify him for the World Famous BadJocks BAC Rankings.) How much over could impact what Lynch is charged with and the punishment handed down by the team and/or the league. Lynch, who played high school football in Oakland and is college ball at Cal was arrested Saturday after a traffic stop on Interstate 880 and appears to have been cooperative with officers, even submitting to a blood test. (Sorry, no tasering here fellas, move on.)
Like Dez Bryant, this is also not Lynch’s first run in with the law. He had his license was revoked in 2008 after pleading guilty to “failing to exercise due care toward a pedestrian.” Translation? Lynch apparently didn’t realize he ran into a woman outside a Buffalo bar at 3:30 a.m. Oh, and Lynch was also suspended for three games in 2009 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor weapons charge.
Fantasy Football Impact: In most fantasy football drafts, Lynch is considered a Top Ten pick at RB after a monster year in 2011. If he misses even a few games that could really hurt his value, as well as put more pressure on new QB Matt Flynn to produce in the air without him. Given what Flynn was able to do in the last game of the season against the Lions, that might not be a bad thing and could shift the pass/run balance of the Seahawks attack for the long haul. The real question is which of Lynch’s backups would get the lion’s share of the workload if he’s benched. Most likely right now is unheralded Robert Turbin from Utah State, but there does not appear to be a clear replacement on the squad.
Source: Mercury News