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News Of The Day: Gators reinstate Dunlap; Horns reinstate Monroe

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I know this is a touchy subject and some in certain chatrooms have tried to accuse me of bias on this issue even though I think I’ve been equally hard on the subject all around.  So, without further editorializing, I will merely report that the Florida Gators have reinstated defensive end Carlos Dunlap after missing one game and the Texas Longhorns have reinstated kick returner D.J. Monroe after missing three games.  Both players were arrested for DWI in November, were subsequently suspended, and have been reinstated to play in their respective BCS bowls.

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Written by Austin Swafford

December 19, 2009 at 8:02 pm

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  1. Editorialize away, I say. I don’t know Dunlap’s situation, but I know that Monroe’s charge was “reduced” from DUI to “Obstructing a passageway.” That might sound like weaksauce (leading many an accusation of legal shenanigans on the part of UT), but it is my understanding that the benign name carries a hefty price as well… up to $5000 in fines and 6 months in prison. Monroe’s suspension was open-ended, so reinstating him is entirely in the hands of Mack Brown, and I’m okay with that. Hell, honestly… I’m okay with the university using leverage (or money, or Recruiting Hostesses, or whatever) to help a player in legal trouble, though I seriously doubt that’s the case here. It is clearly the American way… those with money and power are not subject to the law in the same way as everyone else. And who earns the university $90 million dollars a year and pays Mack Brown’s astronomical salary? It ain’t Bevo.

    At least maybe this will keep some of the “not at full strength” crap arguments off the table, even if it does scare up all the conspiracy theory nutjobs.

    zeekgeek

    December 19, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    • I’m just happy he was held out for more than one game. I was annoyed that guys like Lamarr Houston, Terell Brown and others got off so light on what they did. Monroe missed three games, including the final home game, the A&M game and the Big 12 championship. Not small time games.

      I’m disappointed in Urban Meyer (and not for the first time this season) at his handling of the Dunlap situation. He got a DUI. That’s a huge thing. And he sat out only one game. Yeah, it was the SEC championship and who knows that his sitting out didn’t cost them the game. But I think he should have to sit out the BCS Bowl, too. I don’t like that they reinstated him so quickly for such an egregious offense.

      Austin Swafford

      December 19, 2009 at 10:51 pm

  2. I understand the need for actions to result in consequences, especially for young men learning to become upstanding adults and all (especially the ones doing it on the taxpayer’s dime)… but I’ve never understood punishing a player outside of the legal system for issues that are being addressed within it. The exception should be if they violate specific team rules (like drinking, or being out after a certain hour on a weekend, etc.), and that should be handled by the coaches… but beyond that, I think the law should left to handle the punishment.

    Would we expect someone on MIT’s Battle-Bot team with a DUI to be suspended, miss matches, and the like? Maybe. But probably not. This is one of those two-way streets… we can’t expect one student athlete to be held to higher standards just because they are in a more prominent, visible, (and profitable) sport without then also extending them special treatment for their successes. That is prohibited by the NCAA, and so one scholarship athlete ought to be treated the same as any other.

    Of course, the NCAA does not have any influence over scholarship students outside of athletics, so for all I know the schools might have to step in with punishments to protect themselves from their own legal troubles. I’m not particularly familiar with NCAA regulations about that sort of thing. In any case, I’d prefer them to ere on the side of leniency in all but the most egregious cases, especially for “victimless” crimes.

    zeekgeek

    December 20, 2009 at 12:54 am

    • Depends on how prominent that MIT program is. Call it unfair if you want, but those people are high profile representatives of the university, and they have to be punished for bringing bad press to the institution. They should be punished for the same reason pro athletes are punished for similar actions that embarrass the team.

      Austin Swafford

      December 20, 2009 at 1:02 am

  3. BTW – the charge that Monroes DUI was reduced to is very common. A good friend of mine was arrested for a trumped up DWI charge and the ADA gave him the same plea deal, and Greg had a bottom shelf lawyer he could afford.

    As far as Texas players getting more leeway than an MIT nerd: DUH. but whats that saying about bullying the guy who will be your boss one day. if Monroe and Dunlap dont start making better choices their “boss” will be the CO on their prison block. that being said, I have no reason to think they WONT turn their lives around and become role models. They are young guys that made a mistake, not the first wont be the last

    T-Ray The Bad Mofo

    December 21, 2009 at 3:16 pm


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