Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Athletes at VA Tech

I have so little respect for the VA Tech athletic program. On Thursday, Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer announced that redshirt freshman quarterback Ike Whitaker had been suspended from the team indefinitely for a violation of team rules.
What was Ike’s violation? On Wednesday Ike was charged with purchasing and possessing alcohol while underage. I have no problem with the team suspending him; he broke the team rules and now must face the penalty. I do have a problem with the team suspending him indefinitely for doing what so many other college freshman do everyday and every year. But, I can’t help to think back to another VA Tech quarterback who was convicted on three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for serving alcohol to three underage girls in his apartment and having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

According to an affidavit, the girls told police they were given vodka and rum to drink while at the apartment and that a roommate of the quarterback took pictures of them as they "danced and stripped from their clothing." At some point, the affidavit said, two girls claimed the quarterback had sex with their 15-year-old friend in his bedroom.
State law allows a person who has consensual sex with a child 15 or older to be charged with a misdemeanor, the misdemeanor being contributing to the delinquency of a minor. In addition, at the time of the incident, the quarterback was only 20 and thus in possession of alcohol while underage himself. But unlike Ike, this VA Tech quarterback was only suspended for a season and was not suspended indefinitely until he was later charged with reckless driving and possession of marijuana, seen intentionally stomping on the leg of Louisville defensive end Elvis Dumervil with a cleated foot during the 2006 Gator Bowl, and then four days after the Gator Bowl was arrested for a misdemeanor charge of driving on a suspended or revoked license.

Ike must not have been talented enough to only get a one year suspension. Too bad Ike’s last name isn’t Vick; he could be playing in a year.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

More than likely, Mr. Whitaker had racked up a few other offenses and the underage charge was the straw that broke the camels back. Also, after the whole Vick saga, Tech has to go "above and beyond" to show the rest of the world that they're serious about making athletes follow the rules. I don't like to use the word victim in this case, as you said, he broke team rules and must pay the penalty, but he's playing with a set of rules that are in place because of Vick. Doesn't seem fair, but lots of stuff isn't fair. Bummer for Ike.

Mon Mar 06, 01:16:00 PM  
Blogger Oncorhynchus Mykiss said...

Yeah, Tech and the players they have recruited and the discipline (or lack thereof) they deal out to those players are catching up to evey player on their roster. Everyone has to walk a thin line, but the program made its own bed and now has to lie in it. Can I fit more cliches in that sentence? Anyhow, its like Mike Wilbon said: "even when they win lately, VT looks cheesy and classless."

Mon Mar 06, 03:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yor just jellus. Tech is a grate schule.

Mon Mar 06, 04:14:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

I don’t know if he made any other “mistakes” that warranted his dismissal from the team, I can only go on the reports that I read, but Ike is being forced to pay for past transgressions of other players. I don’t claim to know how good of a quarterback or football player this particular young man is, but that he is a redshirt freshman quarterback on a team that needs a QB, leads me to believe that he was not of the same talent level as the dearly departed Marcus Vick. Athletic programs, especially ones that have a history of protecting their players regardless of their actions, protect those players they want to keep and make examples of those that they find expendable and that was what happened here.

Mon Mar 06, 04:29:00 PM  

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