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Meanwhile, the starting quarterback for Ohio State gets arrested for drunk driving while underage and only gets suspended for one game. I guess throwing some pot out of a dorm room window is just more dangerous and irresponsible then driving drunk.

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Meanwhile, the starting quarterback for Ohio State gets arrested for drunk driving while underage and only gets suspended for one game. I guess throwing some pot out of a dorm room window is just more dangerous and irresponsible then driving drunk.

 

Looks like The Ohio State University heard you, and implemented some additional and serious (TIC) punishment: "An Ohio State spokesman confirmed to ESPN that Barrett's financial aid would be forfeited for the 2016 summer term."

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Can we start a petition to bring Gontarek back?

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Can we start a petition to bring Gontarek back?

 

I'll sign it. I get the whole "Purple Family" thing, and the desire to build a winning program the right way, but I want to see a

win!...once again, assuming he was contrite, and not defiant!

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Meanwhile, the starting quarterback for Ohio State gets arrested for drunk driving while underage and only gets suspended for one game. I guess throwing some pot out of a dorm room window is just more dangerous and irresponsible then driving drunk.

Looks like The Ohio State University heard you, and implemented some additional and serious (TIC) punishment: "An Ohio State spokesman confirmed to ESPN that Barrett's financial aid would be forfeited for the 2016 summer term."

Summer term? Lol.

 

I understand that there has to be punishment for offenses on campus, but I am not so sure I agree with taking away prosocial activities and recreational activities that are precisely what a young man or woman needs (in addition to focusing on their schoolwork) during difficult times in his or her life. At least let the young man practice with the team. He needs to be around his teammates and coaches now more than ever.

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Meanwhile, the starting quarterback for Ohio State gets arrested for drunk driving while underage and only gets suspended for one game. I guess throwing some pot out of a dorm room window is just more dangerous and irresponsible then driving drunk.

I guess he's lucky that throwing pot out the window wasn't interpreted as an "attempt to distribute"

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I'm going to defer to the responsible authorities, whose job it is to handle this situation. They know the facts which we certainly don't.

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Exactly. I'm sorry, I was no goodie-two shoes in college, believe me...but to advocate bringing someone back just so we can win is missing the point entirely. He broke a CURRENT FEDERAL LAW. He broke a CURRENT STATE LAW. While I have my own personal feelings on where weed should be on the criminal scale, the kid simply broke the law.

 

Again, and less important, he broke the trust of his teammates by letting them down and getting in this situation.

Let him stew, and learn. If he's weak...he leaves. My hope is that he is STRONG and comes back with a chip on his shoulder.

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Oh right, the state law that the NYPD is flat out ignoring. That federal law that several states are ignoring ?

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My comment was more of a sarcastic tongue in cheek remark given the disparity of discipline handed out by both schools...for those who couldn't pick up on it. Dang internet...:P

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Oh right, the state law that the NYPD is flat out ignoring. That federal law that several states are ignoring

 

LOL.

Whoa-k.

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Exactly. I'm sorry, I was no goodie-two shoes in college, believe me...but to advocate bringing someone back just so we can win is missing the point entirely. He broke a CURRENT FEDERAL LAW. He broke a CURRENT STATE LAW. While I have my own personal feelings on where weed should be on the criminal scale, the kid simply broke the law.

 

Again, and less important, he broke the trust of his teammates by letting them down and getting in this situation.

 

Let him stew, and learn. If he's weak...he leaves. My hope is that he is STRONG and comes back with a chip on his shoulder.

Broke a current federal law? Perhaps. Marijuana is, after all, a controlled substance under federal law.

 

Nevertheless, the DOJ has identified, in an August 29, 2013, memo from the Deputy Attorney General, the 8 areas of marijuana enforcement that the DOJ is interested in, of which this case is obviously not one. To reference federal law in this matter is fair but not at all relevant. He has not been charged, nor ever will be charged, with a federal offense.

 

In addition, isn't Gontarek's offense under Penal Law 221.05, a violation (less than 25 grams)? I've never even heard of an obstruction charge being tacked on to a 221.05 violation. I understand the factual basis for the obstruction charge, but it is absurd (IMHO).

 

Indeed, this whole matter is as absurd as me posting about it. That said, no player should be using illegal substances or drinking underage especially during the season. To do so, is to not give 110% effort towards the team's goals and to let one's teammates (and fans) down.

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Meanwhile, the starting quarterback for Ohio State gets arrested for drunk driving while underage and only gets suspended for one game. I guess throwing some pot out of a dorm room window is just more dangerous and irresponsible then driving drunk.

I guess he's lucky that throwing pot out the window wasn't interpreted as an "attempt to distribute"

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Exactly. I'm sorry, I was no goodie-two shoes in college, believe me...but to advocate bringing someone back just so we can win is missing the point entirely. He broke a CURRENT FEDERAL LAW. He broke a CURRENT STATE LAW. While I have my own personal feelings on where weed should be on the criminal scale, the kid simply broke the law.

 

Again, and less important, he broke the trust of his teammates by letting them down and getting in this situation.

 

Let him stew, and learn. If he's weak...he leaves. My hope is that he is STRONG and comes back with a chip on his shoulder.

Broke a current federal law? Perhaps. Marijuana is, after all, a controlled substance under federal law.

 

Nevertheless, the DOJ has identified, in an August 29, 2013, memo from the Deputy Attorney General, the 8 areas of marijuana enforcement that the DOJ is interested in, of which this case is obviously not one. To reference federal law in this matter is fair but not at all relevant. He has not been charged, nor ever will be charged, with a federal offense.

 

In addition, isn't Gontarek's offense under Penal Law 221.05, a violation (less than 25 grams)? I've never even heard of an obstruction charge being tacked on to a 221.05 violation. I understand the factual basis for the obstruction charge, but it is absurd (IMHO).

 

Indeed, this whole matter is as absurd as me posting about it. That said, no player should be using illegal substances or drinking underage especially during the season. To do so, is to not give 110% effort towards the team's goals and to let one's teammates (and fans) down.

Are you telling me that the Feds have no right to make an arrest on campus for a violation of codified law because the Attorney General wrote a position paper? Really?!

 

He was in possession of marijuana in the amounts, from what was reported, that violate federal law. To be clear, he violated a codified law, the possession of a controlled Class I substance. In NYS, he violated the CDS, and from the numbers reported...potentially a Class C Felony.

 

Furthermore, he arguably destroyed evidence when he tossed the drugs out of a window. Both violations of Federal and State law.

 

Irrespective of the fine line you are trying to draw, you are doing a disservice to this board when you state, as a factual basis, that the DOJ letter somehow means an individual is less than likely to be arrested for Felony possession.

 

You also miss my point completely. IT'S OPTICS. Again, I think it's all stupid...but factually speaking, until his day in court is over...how on earth could a coach have any standing in this community by re-instating a kid who is charged with a FELONY.

 

But anyone advocating this kid should be playing because we need to win football games is simply giving the anti-sport community all the ammunition they need. The kid got, and still is getting, a free education. If he can't play football for the year...so be it. Maybe he learns a good lesson, especially after embarrassing a coach who gave him a HUGE chance.

 

Jeesh.

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