25 June 2008
Five counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance times three points each= Fifteen points One count possession of powdered cocaine: three points Two unreported traffic citations= two pointsSo, because Jimmy sold coke to cops five times (moron), we get dinged for 15 points. Meanwhile, some other person (moron) from the University of Arizona sexually assaults a girl and that's just 3? I'm not saying that dealing coke is OK - to the contrary, it's very, very bad. I'm just saying that in my opinion, rape is much more nasty and horrible a crime. I've heard folks say that this is "as bad as it gets" as far as damage to the University's reputation. Hardly. It's egregious. It's awful. It's a really exceptionally terrible decision by a troubled young man. Additionally:
One point not to be forgotten is that if you sell to one person five times, the actual number of transactions Johns made with customers was likely larger. No one sells coke experimentally or on a lark, especially when you’re diligent enough to make five sales in a row. Johns seemed to be pretty serious about this, and to imagine some of his teammates did not know he sold yayo from his apartment is insanity.Johns lived alone. No other players were arrested; no other charges against players are pending - according to the TPD:
Johns lived alone and is the only Alabama player sought in this investigation, Snyder said... "As far as the football players or the team," Snyder said, "we don't have any information or evidence that anybody else was involved."Conjecture is fun. But let's minimize that when it's confronted by printed facts, from the police, in the newspaper accounts of the arrest:
Johns didn’t want his UA teammates to know what he was doing, Snyder said. “He did the best he could to ensure that none of them knew,” he said. “We believe his source was an individual outside the university community.”A troubled kid made a series of bad decisions and will be (and already has been) punished for it. Let's not pretend that there's something deeper buried here - the authorities have, in fact, ruled that out. There are potential NCAA issues with a web site Johns ran (runs?) where he sells pit bulls. Our embittered friend at EDSBS again:
In addition to this, a website suggests Jimmy Johns may have been selling pit bulls using his name, something Will points out is a possible violation of NCAA rules. For all we know the site may be a mockup for a class, since there’s only an email address and no phone contact. Further digging required, but further proof all football fans in the state of Alabama sleep with a bible on one nightstand and a copy of the NCAA rules and regs on the other.Jimmy Johns probably did compromise his eligibility - quoting from the EDSBS link:
While college atheletes are allowed to have jobs (under highly-regulated circumstances) and are also allowed to be self-employed, NCAA Bylaw 12.4.4 states,If, as the Tuscaloosa News reports, the site was set up March 8 of 2008, then Jimmy would compromise his eligibility for the 2008-2009 season. Well... he's been booted from the team. Also, if we're to take news accounts at their word, the athletic department found out about the site very recently:
A student-athlete may establish his or her own business, provided the student-athlete's name, photograph, appearance or athletics reputation are not used to promote the business.
UA athletic department spokesman Jeff Purinton said Wednesday that UA officials had no knowledge of the Web site or Johns’ activities in raising pit bulls until after Johns’ arrest. “The Web site was brought to our attention for the first time yesterday,” Purtinton said.Maybe the Tuscaloosa News (a New York Times company) did a bit more research in their story than EDSBS.
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