May 31, 2007

Crime and (Typical) Punishment

I'm shocked.

I'm shocked, and outraged.

I'm shocked, outraged and so vengeful for justice, that I am taking the rest of the week off, and protesting outside of the Lancaster County Jail, and DEMAND that they re-consider the slap-on-the-wrist that Husker wide receiver Mo Purify received Thursday, as reported in the Omaha World Herald.

OK, maybe not.

The fact remains, this was as predictable as the outcome of Speed 2. There was a better chance of Barry Bonds dropping a drag bunt during last night's Giants game than there was the Lincoln authorities taking ANY sort of action toward Purify for the events of last month.

For those of you outside the area, let me paraphrase the situation:

- Husker gets drunk on O' Street
- Husker gets drunk and attacks a bouncer and a woman.
- Husker punches man and woman.
- Husker gets wrestled to the ground by 4 LPD officers
- Husker is arrested for assault
- Husker spends night in jail
- Husker is released
- 1 month goes by
- Husker charges are dropped if said Husker attends drivers-ed type class prior to trial.

Some of you may see a double standard here. Surely a common UNL student who goes apeshit at a bar on O and jacks a woman in the face is going to have a bit more punishment from the police than attending a "class"*? (* assuming the class isn't "virtual' or takes place at a bowling alley). I would think if that was me getting wrestled to the ground in front of 500 drunken college students, I would not only be tasered by the cops, but I would certainly see a judge at some point or at the VERY least have a misdemeanor on my record.

But you see, this isn't you or me, and this isn't some sort of fantasy world. This is Lincoln, Nebraska and the player in question is not some 3rd string muffin-ass d-lineman from Ord. Rest assured the police in Lincoln, Nebraska are certainly aware of who they were dealing with, just as they are aware that their fellow officers, attorneys and judges are ALL Husker fans. It will never be said, but do you HONESTLY think the Lincoln powers that be will risk hearing sh*t from their co-workers and family members for pressing forward charges against a guy who is a key figure in making their sports life better next fall?

Not only is this not shocking, but it also carries about 4 tons of precedent. Hell, it's not even the first time something like this happened in THIS off-season. (JC Keller and his flying dixie-cup incident was handled in the same manner..only in this case, the woman didn't get her face smacked). Lincoln attorney's and law-enforcement officials (I'm sure with NO intervention from UNL officials WHATSOEVER) have been handling cases involving Husker criminals in the same manner since the beginning of time. Darren Delome, Josh Brown, even LP himself was given FAR more leniency than the average Lincoln student. In each case, a Husker player gets arrested/detained/stopped, and in each case, the evidence is suddenly lacking or the witnesses suddenly get a case of amnesia. Rwanda has less corruption than the Lincoln judicial system. To think otherwise is living in denial.

Speaking of which, the BEST part of this story is not preferential treatment given a guy who is tall and can catch a football. (Sometimes. Other times, he likes to drop it) No, the best part of the story is two pronged. Not only are the legions of Husker fans willing to "Give Mo the benefit of the doubt", but also the Omaha media members who tend to shy away from stories like this as if they were kryptonite because they know their game day media lounge pass at Memorial Stadium will be revoked in two seconds.

I've been living here for years, and I'll never understand the whole, The media/the cops/the man is out to get the Huskers and/or their fans. Truth be told, NOBODY outside the Missouri and the Sand hills gives a rats fat ass about Nebraska. Why is this so difficult to understand? You are the answer to one of those trivia questions you see at BW3 when the multiple choice questions start disappearing. (Who won the 1995 National Title?). Nobody sees you as a "great former champion." Nobody sees you as "returning to glory". People see you either as a thug program for stories like this, or they simply don't see you at all. Why you don't get it, I'll never ever understand.

So in the end, what have we learned from all of this?
Well, for one we learned that Husker football players can get away with attacking people in public, and can avoid any sort of repercussion if they attend an autograph session...uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..I mean "diversion" course. Second, we are re-enforced with the correct notion that Husker fans will never ever openly admit there is a double standard. They will defend Lawrence Phillips, Mo Purify, Josh Davis to the death, and that's fine. But don't go by some bullshit code of ethics if you're no better than anybody else. That's what this story is all about. You would think the "greatest fans in college football" would understand when their players are getting free-passes from local authorities. If anything, you should just shut your pie-holes about the whole thing, and not bitch and bitch about how the "media and cops" are out to get NU players, when EVERYBODY knows nothing will happen to them anyway.

The next step is for Callahan to suspend him for 1 game (or less) for being drunk in public, and the whole thing will be forgotten. Rest assured, some other player in the future (or hell, maybe even this week) will be detained for a crime before anybody has a chance to recognize him, and realize that being the cop or prosecutor responsible for killing the Husker's chance of winning Big 12 isn't a person they want to be.

I'm shocked I tell ya.



Blogger gc said...

Hey AJ. Been reading your blog for a while now, usually pretty entertaining. As someone who has gone through diversion (for growing pot, which happens to be the worst offense they will allow diversion provided it was grown for personal use only. No double standard here, sorry. I'm definately no D1 high profile athlete, just an average Joe.) it's a bit more than driver's ed. Regular meetings w/ corrections officer and piss tests, a load of community service, weekly/bi-weekly AA meetings and if he screws up during the period, probably a year, all charges will be refiled with no leniency so he'll need to stay on best behavior. You're usually pretty good about presenting facts, skewed as they occasionally might be. But thinking this is just "a class" is a little ridiculous. From what I understand it is not usually offered by the government but asked for by the defendant. When asked for it is usually granted so long as the charges fall in the list that are diversion-appropriate.

Also, you're paraphrase of what happend is partly conjecture. We don't actually know for a fact that Mo did the attacking or was attacked. We don't know for a fact that he hit the woman or she was stupid and jumped between 2 grown men swinging. For every "I was there and saw it" there's one person said it was this way and another said it wasn't. W/out seeing it ourselves we really don't know what exactly happened. We do know the police filed assault but not battery charges. Wouldn't that dictate there was no "real" contact? Who knows, we sure don't.

Keep up the hate, makes entertaining reading while bored at work.


2:13 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

I appreciate replies like these. I will take your comments as food for thought, although I'm not sure "anger diversion" is quite the same...although it could be. (Dunno)

Good luck to you in future battles. (In all seriousness)

Appreciate the comments about the blog as well. I do what I can to bring the ridiculous to the masses in the name of good clean fun. (Ok, just fun)

chirp chirp (inside joke for JP if he hasn't "quit" this blog)

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's Darren Delome?

Nice research once again.

Tired ass blog.


2:53 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

You get a cookie for catching the ONE LETTER typo. Props to you Surfer boy.

For somebody who hates this blog, you sure as hell hit it a lot. Movie auditions not going so well? Too much anger on the 405?

Please regale us with your tales of Southern California that us midwesterners could only sit and enjoy with envy and longing.

Fucking tool

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I ride my bike to work.. In shorts.. Dilbert.

I'll go away when you Missery Hicks stop bagging on Nebraska while you live there.


3:53 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

I don't care if you bash me or whatever...god knows you've done that for long enough.

But dont' throw a fit about how you're leaving and then double your reply count in two-weeks.

It's lame man.

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to write a reply here as well. This is one of the first times where I think AJ does not have it right. I honestly do not believe that Mo got treated differently than any other UNL student would be treated in this situation (from a prosecution point of view) by getting diversion. This is how all UNL students that I knew that were in big trouble got treated. I graduated from there 3 years ago, so it is pretty recent for comparison. I have a few examples. Outside of Sandy's a buddy of mine got into a fight with another guy. As you are well aware this is not a good place to fight with cop cars lining the center of O street at about 1230. Well he got taken down by a bunch of cops, yelling, spitting, etc at them. He spent the night in jail, I spent the night in detox. He got charges filed against him, but ended up with diversion. Same goes for people in other examples (pot, my old roommate got diversion for hitting a cop car and driving away when he was drunk).

So, I truly believe that this is how things like this are normally handled for all UNL students. You hear about it all the time. I don't know about how non students are treated. Now, you are not going to get diversion for murder, but for things like this, it is the norm. I believe this is the case for a few reasons. First, I believe that the people prosecuting in Lincoln have a little common sense. They realize college students make mistakes, and they give them a punishment that is not just a slap on the wrist or a class, but something that seriously 1) sucks to go through and 2)is something that they can hopefully learn from (please do some research and realize that diversion is not just a slap on the wrist), while at the same time not charging them for something that could seriously jeopardize their future jobs, etc. I have no problem with that. If they screw up again, however, you do get into big trouble. If Mo screws up again and gets diversion and no charges, then he would be getting preferential treatment. Until then, he was treated just like any other average Joe student who screwed up.


5:56 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Wow, actual thought and dialogue that makes sense. (Sans JP of course). Did you guys have a meeting or something? Heh.

Good discussion points made here. I personally disagree, but that's why it's called opinion.

Appreciate the civil discussion. (Even if I'm not used to it)

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you'd disagree with God if he logically refuted you argument


12:25 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Maybe true, but God wouldn't need to send me 500 e-mails a day to tell me how good JC Keller is.

He'd already know.

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anxiously awaiting your post about how Gary Pinkel has lost another Mizzery prepster..

"Kansas City (Mo.) Pembroke Hill tight end Spencer Ladner saw everything that he needed to see this weekend. After taking an unofficial visit to Cal this weekend to visit the campus and meet up with the coaches, Lander, a fast-rising 6-foot-7, 230-pound tight end, has decided to go ahead and commit to the Bears."

Dude is history if he can't even recruit the best players in his home state. Mizzery may eek out a decent year this year, but the writing is in the wall unless they can bring in a recruiting-oriented head coach.

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! I love your blog. I am a husker fan, but I have to admit you are a gifted writer. I don't mean that in the Shakespeare sense, just that for a blogger you are really entertaining. I was directed here by a friend who thinks you're insane, but I've kept reading because frankly I think the way you write is really entertaining.

Understand that I think your content and "facts" are pure crap that I could turn on Mizzou or other schools as well, but I have to admit the bitterness, determination, and style of your posts cracks me up. Good work.

P.S. Will you consider taking down the picture of the kid crying at the Colorado game? It doesn't bother me, but I feel kind of sorry for him. He was just a little kid. Why not post a picture of Harrison Beck there instead? :)

1:20 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

Thanks for your comment.

The crying kid will come down during my next re-design. Probably after the next football season. Your comments are appreciated and noted.

Thanks for visiting.

12:30 PM  

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