We Ain’t Got Nothin’ But A Cheeseburger
I feel obligated to add a new category for the posts here on VITF: Police Blotter.
The news spread like a wild brush fire this morning. I first read the developing story on RTT and then on GVX. I called TK to ask if he had heard the news and he responded as if I was living under a rock. 🙂
So, I won’t recount any of the details – you can read them yourselves (see links at the end of this post). But needless to say (I’ve always liked that phrase), the Stupidity Meter pegged out this morning when Vol players Nu’Keese Richardson, Mike Edwards and Janzen Jackson (pictured at left) were arrested by Knoxville Police in the early hours of Thursday for attempted aggrivated robbery. All three players are 18 years old. The events occurred at the Pilot station on Cumberland Avenue.
The irony was pointed out in John Adams’ post today. The station is owned by Jim Haslam. Mr. Haslam was a player on the 1951 Vol team that won the National Championship. The Vols’ practice field is named Haslam Field.
So, for the time being, Lane Kiffin’s Street Cred, as well as the program and the University, has turned into Street Crud.
But our Coach has the opportunity to turn it back into Cred. At least as much as is possible given the circumstances of the moment.
Lane Kiffin/Mike Hamilton have a very easy decision to make: suspend all three immediately, and indefinitely until the legal system runs its course.
It is appropriate to wait until all of the information is in before handing out the inevitable excommunication sentences. But I don’t imagine that will take very long. After all, the players were arrested within an hour or so after the call came in at 1:43am.
Oh, and by the way, the attempted robbery victim said that after our Stooges demanded that three young men, who were reportedly sitting in their car waiting on a friend who was in the store, to “Give us everything you’ve got”, one of the victims recounted that he replied to the Stooges, “We ain’t got nothing but a cheeseburger.”
That’s how it was when I was a student, too.
At least that part of the world hasn’t changed.
FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE:
UPDATE on 13 Nov 2009
Tennessee spokeswoman Tiffany Carpenter says the team will travel to Oxford without wide receiver NuKeese Richardson, safety Janzen Jackson and defensive back Mike Edwards.
According to sheriff’s officials, Richardson remains in jail in lieu of a $19,500 bond. Edwards posted a $19,500 bond, and Jackson was released on his own recognizance.