I am a big believe in the rule of law. Very big. My wife is a prosecutor, and I am a reformed lawyer. However, there is a line in which rule of law oversteps common sense. Regretfully, that line seems to be very far away from the UGA police department. Yep, another football player was arrested for what amounts to spitting on the sidewalk. Jeff Owens was riding his chopper without a license today.
I know this is a hard line to know where to draw, but if Chief Williamson is so interested in education, rather than punitiveness, then why not simply issue a warning? Instead, it's bookem' Danno.
I hate to sound like I am trying to alibi for football players. I am not. I've stayed pretty far out of the fray about player arrests, as I have a pretty low tolerance for stupidity, especially when you know you are being scrutinized. I actually think the athletes rightfully should be held to a higher standard than 'regular' students. However, arresting a kid riding his motorcycle on campus, when there is no indication that he was doing anything dangerous, other than not having the required license to do so, seems petty no matter who the student is (I will fully admit that I don't have full information on the background of Owens, any prior stops for this same thing, ect; no article indicated there had been any prior stops with warnings).
It just seems to me that a week when people are attempting to imprison Clemson students, students are running naked from the police and Thanksgiving week is starting up would keep the local constabulary pretty busy.
We're going STREAAAAKKING!!!!
I do have to say that the approach used for football games seems pretty reasonable, so there is that.