Wednesday, February 17, 2010

LaMichael James: Another Duck and the law

LaMichael James arrested again

LaMichael James, Oregon Ducks

Have hope, Ducks fans. Image from Flickr.

The past year has been a rough one for the University of Oregon Ducks football program, more so off the field than on it. Perhaps the season opener, after which LeGarrette Blount punched a Boise State player — on the field, on television — was foreshadowing. Today prominent Ducks running back LaMichael James is in jail on charges of menacing, strangulation and fourth-degree assault.

Police are calling it a domestic violence incident, but little else is known at this point. LaMichael James is one of several Ducks who currently have cases going through the court system. Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and receiver Garrett Embry, who has been dismissed, are accused on a  police report of stealing laptops and other property from a fraternity. Kicker Rob Beard and defensive end Matt Simms, who left the team, are being charged with assault for various brawls.

Look elsewhere for heroes

The truth is, none of these guys will need money loans for legal protection, and they will likely get their charges dropped. College football programs employ high-powered lawyers for exactly these types of situations. However, domestic violence is the type of charge that can get players thrown off teams, even if the charges get dropped or come back “not guilty.”

People often argue that athletes in the public eye should set good examples for the people, especially children, who look up to them. However, professional and college athletes have proved that sports are possibly the worst place to look for heroes when it comes to their personal lives. Sure, there are plenty of athletes who are perfectly good guys, but they don’t make it into the newspapers. … click here to read the rest of the article titled “LaMichael James: Another Duck and the law

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