Thomasville Times Enterprise


March 18, 2014

Kramer: UGA football arrests becoming the norm



Probably because someone else would.

In fact, of the four arrested, three received official offers from FSU. 

Now, I can’t blame the Seminoles disciple for his immediate lamentation – because he’s quite the well-rounded college football guru. But sometimes fans have a knack for conveniently pointing the finger. We’ve all fallen victim to this detracting mishap.

Much of the off-the-field headaches for Georgia stem from stiffer policies than most SEC schools, particularly in the drug testing realm. They also emanate from a strong-willed, no-BS law enforcement in the form both the University and Athens Police Departments. Those two entities are there to catch and indict criminals – regardless if it affects the local team’s success.

What’s worse is that this demeanor regrettably seems scare among big-time college football towns. 

Trek to Tallahassee and you encounter a police squad that takes seven months to report a rape to the state attorney if it involves a star Seminole. Keep in mind this is after the alleged victim ignored police heeds that “Tallahassee was a big football town and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against him because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable.”

In Oxford, Miss., if you’re a top flight prospect, the only form of law enforcement you have to dodge from nearly beating a man to death is a lawsuit from the victim’s lawyers (Ole Miss players Robert and Denzel Nkemdiche were not charged for an incident involving the violent assault of one Matthew Baird, who accused the pair of knocking him unconsious during a fraternity party).

The UGA Athletic Assocation initially raised the red flag on the four players arrested on Tuesday, because in Athens, developing character trumps developing talent. 

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