Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Maurice Clarett arrested, poster boy for what not to do...

Maurice Clarett had the world by the tail at Ohio State University several years ago. He punched in the winning touchdown of the national championship bowl game giving Ohio State it's first championship since 1968 putting all eyes on him.

And then... He imploded. Lied to the cops. Threw his school under the bus about receiving gifts, etc. Then, of course, he had to drop out of school a year before he was eligible to enter the NFL draft. Then sued the NFL while he was laying up at the house losing his ridiculous speed.

Finally he got drafted but his lay off was too much to recover from and even the Denver Broncos couldn't work with him. And the Broncos are known for turning no name running backs into superstars.

Now he just got busted because he made an illegal U-turn and decided he would rather run from the cops than get a ticket. It turns out that he had a reason to run in that 1) he was wearing body armor, 2) had a half empty bottle of vodka in the truck and 3) had a loaded rifle and three loaded pistols in the passenger seat of his SUV. All things the cops frown upon.

Then after a chase and the cops having to throw out stop sticks to blow out his tires, he resisted arrest, was tasered–however the body armor stopped that–which caused the cops to Mace him and once corralled into the paddy wagon, tried to literally kick his way out.

This is while he's waiting to go on trial for six counts of robbery, two aggravated, and a concealed weapons charge. The good news is that the weapons he had with him this time weren't concealed, they were in the passenger seat.

I don't know if any of you have ever seen Kingpin, but in that movie Woody Harrelson plays Roy Munson, this superstar young bowler who turns pro and ends up a washed up has-been before he actually was anything at all.

In the words of Randy Quaid's character in that movie, Clarett "Munson-ed" himself.

It would be funny if it wasn't so sad that a 22 year-old kid has basically wasted his life before he even got to the good part.

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