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(STLToday)   Professional athlete busted for DUI. This is not a repeat from two days ago. Or three days ago. Or last weekend. Or a week ago   (stltoday.com) divider line 19
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1161 clicks; posted to Sports » on 20 Jul 2012 at 10:32 AM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-07-20 10:36:00 AM  
because of how common this has become, I'd argue that it is barely news worthy... but then again, this is Fark.
 
2012-07-20 10:49:47 AM  

Babboonrash: because of how common this has become, I'd argue that it is barely news worthy... but then again, this is Fark.


That just makes it even more sad.
 
2012-07-20 11:17:04 AM  
For fark's sake, the NFL has a car-and-driver program. Call them up and they'll send out a car to pick you up at the bar and take you home. How is that difficult to handle? Even if they don't drive you around when you're back home away from your NFL city, how much does it REALLY cost to hire a guy to be your personal driver during the off season? Maybe $20k to drive you full time for the 6 months you're not playing football? I bet you could do it for half that if they're only driving you when you go out partying. For fark's sake just buy a Caddy or Lincoln or Mercedes or something, pay some random guy with a chauffeur's license, and then get bombed every night.
 
2012-07-20 11:19:27 AM  
Wow, that was within walking distance from where I grew up. (and I'm sure you all care). I guess Florissant cops actually pull over people for DUIs now.

Is it news worthy because they are famous, or do they get pulled over more often?
 
2012-07-20 11:37:15 AM  

TheGreatGazoo: Wow, that was within walking distance from where I grew up. (and I'm sure you all care). I guess Florissant cops actually pull over people for DUIs now.

Is it news worthy because they are famous, or do they get pulled over more often?


I will leave this here
 
2012-07-20 11:55:18 AM  
i guess the rams are finally doing something about being in last place for arrests since 2000
 
2012-07-20 11:58:38 AM  

SkittlesAreYum: TheGreatGazoo: Wow, that was within walking distance from where I grew up. (and I'm sure you all care). I guess Florissant cops actually pull over people for DUIs now.

Is it news worthy because they are famous, or do they get pulled over more often?

I will leave this here


Interesting and confirms a suspicion I've had for quite sometime. It still doesn't excuse the behavior however just because other people are also stupid and doing stupid things to get arrested.
 
2012-07-20 12:02:15 PM  

SkittlesAreYum: TheGreatGazoo: Wow, that was within walking distance from where I grew up. (and I'm sure you all care). I guess Florissant cops actually pull over people for DUIs now.

Is it news worthy because they are famous, or do they get pulled over more often?

I will leave this here


The "average joe" doesn't have a six-to-seven digit yearly salary, and thus should have a higher rate of arrest for things like B&E, armed robbery, shoplifting, etc.

How do professional players stand side-by-side for just things like DUI? Drug arrests? Domestic Violence?

Also, the last line of that article is completely unnecessary:

"The Vikings have never won a Super Bowl. "
 
2012-07-20 12:37:21 PM  

Slow To Return: Also, the last line of that article is completely unnecessary:

"The Vikings have never won a Super Bowl. "


And yet hilarious.

/as for the others, it's tough to compare because young black guy in expensive car is far more likely to get pulled over in the first place than white guy in mid-size sedan
 
2012-07-20 12:51:32 PM  
This article doesn't have it: but the dude was also ticketed for not having insurance. You make 7 digits a year and don't friggin have insurnace?

/Nobody ever said football players are smart.
 
2012-07-20 12:53:46 PM  
I'm beginning to believe that some professional athletes are the dumbest people on the face of the earth. Then, when the NFL has had enough of this and says something like if you're guilty of DUI you're banned for a year, they'll all cry and sue.

As the article pointed out-Leonard Little. Idiots.
 
2012-07-20 01:00:25 PM  

IAmRight: Slow To Return: Also, the last line of that article is completely unnecessary:

"The Vikings have never won a Super Bowl. "

And yet hilarious.

/as for the others, it's tough to compare because young black guy in expensive car is far more likely to get pulled over in the first place than white guy in mid-size sedan


Young black guys should not drive expensive cars. Problem solved.

Unless, of course, you're trying to make a favorable impression for the Bengals.
 
2012-07-20 01:01:15 PM  

Slow To Return: SkittlesAreYum: TheGreatGazoo: Wow, that was within walking distance from where I grew up. (and I'm sure you all care). I guess Florissant cops actually pull over people for DUIs now.

Is it news worthy because they are famous, or do they get pulled over more often?

I will leave this here

The "average joe" doesn't have a six-to-seven digit yearly salary, and thus should have a higher rate of arrest for things like B&E, armed robbery, shoplifting, etc.

How do professional players stand side-by-side for just things like DUI? Drug arrests? Domestic Violence?

Also, the last line of that article is completely unnecessary:

"The Vikings have never won a Super Bowl. "


As soon as someone gets money they shouldn't get arrested? Unfortunately that's not how humans work.

I don't have any stats, but I'm willing to guess the vast majority of arrests are for non-violent crimes like DUI and drug arrests. If that's the case, removing other crimes from the pool won't do that much to the overall numbers.
 
2012-07-20 01:33:18 PM  
As of today you can add Titans WR Kenny Britt to the list. Bonus is that he was busted at the main gate of Fort Campbell Army base in Kentucky.
 
2012-07-20 07:33:42 PM  
You know why these guys do this? Why they drive drunk instead of hire a personal chauffeur or an on-call limo company? BECAUSE THEY ARE ARROGANT AND CAN AFFORD IT.

Now, if you're making minimum wage, working part time, and get convicted of DUI (whether or not you were under the influence no longer matters in these cases), the thousands of dollars you're going to lose (not to mention loss of your driving privileges) will hamper your ability to make a living (and depending on your job, say bring-your-own-tools construction or roof repair or a travel job, it can CRIPPLE you financially).

This is why I believe we need to seriously reconsider our financial punishments for traffic crimes. I believe in a system similar to that of at least one Scandinavian country (Sweden?), whereby one's fines are based upon either the vehicle they're driving or their personal income (better yet, their wealth). If you're going to punish people, LET'S PUNISH THEM. Don't throw them in prison for 20 years because they're wealthy, just make the millionaire pay 200 times more in fines than the guy making minimum wage. This would make lawyers useful in traffic court (not applicable for DUI, but I think one could reasonably look at the fines/deferment costs in a similar light) for something other than "my client can't have this reckless driving ticket on his record, so he'll donate $1,000 to your campaign if you reduce it to speeding." In this context, the wealthy can use lawyers to negotiate down their hefty fines, instead of the poor being given much harsher treatment overall by not really having a chance to legitimately fight many accusations or charges.

But, somehow, it's class warfare when one person is out a few month's salary for DUI or a week's salary for a speeding ticket, and a more wealthy person, respectively, can't go to Sands for the weekend or have a quick lunch at a Manhattan five-star restaurant.
 
2012-07-20 07:41:01 PM  

SkittlesAreYum: I will leave this here


Please reference that link in the "But but but NFL PLAYERS ARE THE REAL THUGZZZ" threads.

Sometimes the "there are four times as many players in the NFL as in the NBA"argument falls on deaf ears. Can't forget the many, many more NFL-associated players... the league has FAR more employment turnover due to short-term careers, training camp and practice squad players, draft picks, and so forth.

Somehow, it's become a race issue, because apparently(according to some on Fark) I haven't noticed that the NBA has no white athletes and the NFL has no black athletes. I mean, I'm seeing things much differently, but maybe I'm just colorblind.
 
2012-07-20 07:41:42 PM  
Again, that's not to absolve NFL dickishness. There are many dicks in the League.
 
2012-07-20 10:04:05 PM  

SkittlesAreYum: As soon as someone gets money they shouldn't get arrested? Unfortunately that's not how humans work.


I would think that someone making a million dollars a year would be less inclined to rob a convenience store in order to be able to afford diapers and formula for his kid(s), yeah.
 
2012-07-21 12:43:39 AM  
If they only made gobs of money to hire cabs, or hire a driver, etc.
 
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