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IowaRed
08-09-2006, 07:50 AM
Stay classy Maurice

Updated: Aug. 9, 2006, 7:26 AM ET
Police use Mace on Clarett, arrest him after chaseAssociated Press


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Maurice Clarett was arrested early Wednesday after a highway chase that ended with police using Mace on the former Ohio State running back and finding four loaded guns in his truck, a police spokesman said.

Officers used Mace to subdue Clarett after a stun gun was ineffective because the former Fiesta Bowl star was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, Sgt. Michael Woods said.

"It took several officers to get him handcuffed," Woods said. "Even after he was placed in the paddy wagon, he was still kicking at the doors and being a problem for the officers."

Clarett was being interviewed at police headquarters. Authorities planned to charge him with carrying concealed weapons and other counts, Woods said.

Clarett made an illegal U-turn on the city's east side and failed to stop when officers tried to pull him over.

Clarett was being pursued by police while driving eastbound on Interstate 70 when he darted across the median and began heading west. Clarett drove over a spike strip that was placed on the highway, flattening the driver's side tires of the SUV, Woods said.

Clarett exited the highway and pulled into a restaurant parking lot, where officers removed him from the SUV after he failed to obey numerous orders to exit the vehicle, Woods said.

After Clarett was placed in a police van, officers discovered a loaded rifle and three loaded handguns in the front of the vehicle, Woods said.

Woods said he did not know where Clarett got the guns or why he had them and that federal authorities plan to trace their ownership.

Clarett, 22, is currently awaiting trial on two counts of aggravated robbery, four counts of robbery and one count of carrying a concealed weapon in a separate case. Authorities said he was identified by witnesses as the person who flashed a gun and robbed two people in an alley behind the Opium Lounge in the early hours of Jan. 1.

Clarett scored the winning touchdown in the second overtime to lead Ohio State to the 2002 national championship, the school's first since 1968. But that was the last game the freshman played for Ohio State. He sat out the 2003 season after being charged with misdemeanor falsification on a police report, then dropped out of school. He sued to be included in the 2004 NFL draft and lost in court.

A surprise third-round pick in the 2005 draft, he was cut by the Denver Broncos during the preseason.

Reds4Life
08-09-2006, 08:59 AM
I'm not sure about Ohio, but I know in some states it's a felony to wear a vest during the comission of another crime. Carry a concealed weapon without a permit (he can't get one with is criminial history) is also a felony.

This kid is a first rate idiot. It's only a matter of time before he ends up doing 25 years in Lucasville or does something stupid and gets shot by the police.

SunDeck
08-09-2006, 09:11 AM
Man, what a sad story his life has become.
Sounds like he was on his way to doing some real bad stuff, indeed.

puca
08-09-2006, 09:12 AM
4 loaded guns and wearing a bullet-resistent vest? It is quite possible he was on his way to do something stupid...

ochre
08-09-2006, 09:25 AM
I wonder about his mental stability. Starting to sound like he might have some severe underlying issues.

redsfan30
08-09-2006, 09:44 AM
He's going to wind up dead. And with four loaded guns and a bullett proof fest on while he got caught, it's very possible if he didn't get pulled over last night would have been the night.

This stopped being about a football player who lost his way a long time ago. It's now a troubled young man fighting for his very life.

Sad.

KalDanielsfan
08-09-2006, 10:08 AM
LOL what an idiot. He and Lawrence Phillips would make a great reality tv show LMAO

RedFanAlways1966
08-09-2006, 11:02 AM
Form the rumor-has-it log...

* I am sure he is working undercover for the FBI, ATF or an anti-terrorism group.
* Never know when an Israeli warplane will veer off-course and end up in Ohio. Mo has to be prepared to defend himself.
* After those impressive 40-yard-dash times at the NFL Combine, you'd think he'd outrun the police?!?
* I guess they haven't found a big enough flack-jacket to fit on his thick head.
* It was actually Jim Tressel driving the SUV and toting guns. The cops let Jim slip away (OSU fans of course) and framed Maurice.

registerthis
08-09-2006, 12:01 PM
LOL what an idiot. He and Lawrence Phillips would make a great reality tv show LMAO

I'm failing to see why this episode is funny. At th every least, Clarett's is a wasted life. Perhaps worse, though, is that he was planning to kill others last night. His behavior isn't the least bit funny.

Chip R
08-09-2006, 12:13 PM
Should I just make this thread a sticky? ;)

HumnHilghtFreel
08-09-2006, 12:35 PM
I just heard about this on The Fan. That's crazy that he was wearing a vest and the tazer didn't work, that was probably a shocker(pun intended) for the cops.

bucksfan
08-09-2006, 01:12 PM
It's just unreal what a mess he has made of his life. I am glad he was arrested before he could do whatever it was he was intending to do.

CTA513
08-09-2006, 01:13 PM
It sounds like Clarett is auditioning for a spot on the Bengals roster.

:p:

RichRed
08-09-2006, 01:40 PM
I wonder about his mental stability. Starting to sound like he might have some severe underlying issues.

My first thought, as well. Sounds like someone in desperate need of professional help.

max venable
08-09-2006, 01:49 PM
I think it's a situation where Clarett feels a sense of entitlement...meaning that he's entitled to a plush lifestyle where everything is handed to him on a platter. He was tracking that way and then he screwed up as a freshman and has just kept digging himself into a deeper and deeper hole.

And the sad thing is that he seems to blame everybody but himself. In his mind, he's a victim...and the NCAA, or whoever, robbed him of all the "stuff" he was entitled to. And then he looks at his buddy LeBron--a guy who it's all worked out for--and he can't believe his misfortune...and so in his mind, he has a right to get it back...by whatever means possible. In his mind, he's not wrong, because he's been wronged to begin with.

And all along the way he keeps getting bad advice and he keeps getting himself in more trouble and it just exacerbates the whole thing.

Yes, it's sad...not funny at all. And everytime he gets in trouble, I'm thinking, well maybe this will be his wakeup call...and then there's just more of the same later on. He needs help and I don't know what it'll take to convince himself of that.

Well, that's my take. :dunno:

ochre
08-09-2006, 02:17 PM
Sure.

Externalization of issues, from what I have experienced with a cousin of mine, seems to be right there with some paranoid delusion. Said cousin feels like "they" are going to be coming after him. Sleeps with a gun under his bed/pillow, or whatever. Obviously, I'm not a psychologist, diagnosis of the RZ Dysthymia notwithstanding, but from what I have seen it's not that far of a leap. My cousin's violation(s) of choice are more along the lines of driving without a license and not having valid plates, but it's never his fault.

15fan
08-09-2006, 02:21 PM
Congratulations to the Columbus Police Department. They did something that the Michigan defense couldn't do:

Catch Maurice Clarett.

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Roy Tucker
08-09-2006, 02:26 PM
Yeah, I think it's sad too. The kid has his whole future getting set up by the OSU football machine to be the next big OSU tailback, Heisman Award, All-American, #1 draft pick and all that. And he just screwed it all up big time.

Adding these new charges to the outstanding other ones, I don't know how he stays out of jail. Where is his advisor Jim Brown now?

Matt700wlw
08-09-2006, 02:58 PM
This kid is an absolute dumb ass

WMR
08-09-2006, 04:34 PM
One more arrest and MAYBE Marvin will pick him up.

GAC
08-09-2006, 08:38 PM
This kid is an absolute dumb ass

My sentiments exactly. And what got me was that his mother, alot of times, was standing right next to him, defending his actions, saying he was getting a raw deal, and was a good boy. Enabler?

KalDanielsfan
08-09-2006, 09:34 PM
I'm failing to see why this episode is funny. At th every least, Clarett's is a wasted life. Perhaps worse, though, is that he was planning to kill others last night. His behavior isn't the least bit funny.

I'm laughing from the ridiculousness of it thats all..its not comically funny..its tragically funny.

dman
08-09-2006, 10:43 PM
Maurice should be the poster child for Chris Rock's "How Not To Get Your Ass Kicked By The Police"

Cedric
08-10-2006, 12:29 AM
Major mental disorder here.

I think he was planning on a murder/suicide rampage. I hate saying that, but damn.

Reds Fanatic
08-10-2006, 12:32 AM
This is an ESPN article about a call he made to one of their writers 2 hours before his arrest last night.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?id=2545078


On possibly his last night as a free man, Maurice Clarett was calling on the telephone. I hadn't seen him or heard from him in a year, not since the Denver Broncos kicked him to the curb, but I was on his list Tuesday night. Along with Jim Tressel and LeBron James and some arena football coach. His list of thank-yous.


I looked at the clock when he called, and it was just past 11 p.m. ET. He told me he was driving somewhere, and along the way his cell phone cut in and out. He wasn't loud or belligerent. Instead he seemed melancholy and possibly drunk.


He started in with his news: He was a daddy. His girlfriend, Ashley, had given birth to a baby girl on July 17 and he claimed it had changed his life. "F--- Ohio State, f--- winning the national championship, it's more cool having her,'' he was saying. He said he'd cry a lot when he held her, and that just the other day in his mom's house, he'd cried four times holding her the same afternoon. He said he'd do anything for that little girl, that he'd go to jail for 30 years for this little girl. It wasn't clear what he meant, although it's starting to get clearer now.


I asked him how he was, and he said he was growing up, taking responsibility for what he'd done. He admitted "money used to be everything'' to him and he said, "Look how cocky I used to be. Life lessons have put me on my ass.'' I'd heard this sort of rhetoric before, from almost every troubled athlete I'd ever interviewed, but then he got me. He got me when he said he wanted to dump his whole story on me, when he said "I haven't done s---. I have done nothing but f------ run a football. Don't confuse yourself. I've done nothing but run a f------ football. Don't try to make it bigger than it is.''


He started it in then with his thank-yous. I had written a column in ESPN The Magazine last January, after his initial arrest on burglary charges, outlining his potential drinking problem, steroid problem and self-esteem problem. He said he'd hated that story, that he'd hated me, but he was calling now to thank me, for waking him up to reality. He said he'd been calling a lot of people that day, that he'd called Tressel -- the same coach he'd once accused of giving him cars and grades -- and thanked him, too.


Tressel had reached out to Clarett months before, having asked Buckeyes QB Troy Smith for Clarett's cell phone number. They had talked, and Tressel had offered to do all he could for him, and now -- late Tuesday night -- Clarett was saying, "Me and [Tressel] have become cool again. I was talking to Jim Tressel earlier, and said, 'Thank you for being real.' He's been real to me, and I've been real to myself. I don't run from nothing anymore.''


He said he'd also called his old high school buddy LeBron James that day -- who knows if it's true, considering LeBron's playing ball overseas -- and that there were more calls to make. It was almost midnight ET by then, but now Clarett was starting to ramble, starting to sound a little skittish, a little paranoid.


He wondered if someone was overhearing the conversation, if someone might be listening. Was he being followed?

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Who knew Clarett had an assault rifle with him the whole time? Or a 9mm gun between his legs? Or that he had a hatchet? Who knew the next morning I'd wake up and hear he was under custody on alleged weapons charges, that he'd been Maced and tasered, that he'd been wearing a bulletproof vest, that he'd probably been wearing it as we spoke?

His lawyer Mike Hoague came out Wednesday and said that Clarett has recently received death threats, verbal and written, and, suddenly, his pattern of behavior all seemed to make more sense. The people who know him say he's been alternately strong and unstable recently, that the stress of his court case and his baby girl and his uncertain future have him all over the emotional map.

Does someone really want to hurt him? Is someone bugging his phone? Or is he just delusional? Whichever, you've got to go back to last year, to the mess of Los Angeles.


After Ohio State booted him out of school, he went to L.A., where he befriended members of the rap community, manager types. They liked Clarett; he had an easy giggle, and a face they'd seen in the Fiesta Bowl end zone. He was their ticket to the world of sports, and they were his ticket to a lush lifestyle. Hell, he was broke, and they were driving BMWs and living in beachfront property. This was right up Clarett's alley.


He was one of these kids who'd always looked for shortcuts. His mom, Michelle, had worked long hours at a Youngstown Sears, just to support her family, but he found out early that football brought him all the love and cash he could handle. A caterer named Bobby Dellimuti provided a car, and other amenities, and soon, according to Clarett, Ohio State coaches and boosters had done the same. Clarett wasn't too proud to have his hand out. It's who he was.


But, in L.A., it was the last thing he needed. He was spotted driving a 745 BMW and living in a mansion, when he should've been training for the NFL. The people in the rap world were sponsoring him, figuring he'd bring them back millions after he went in the first round, but what did they know? Did they know his 40 time?


The first trainer they hooked him up with, in the fall of 2004, was Chad Ikei, out of Arizona. Clarett was 256 pounds by then. A two-hundred-and-fifty-six-pound tailback! And he had the most peculiar work habits. He wanted Ikei to clear the gym out before he worked out. He wanted no one watching him, no one judging him. His insecurity was mind-boggling.


"He actually wanted me to shut the gym down, so nobody could train when he was training, so he could focus and get in his intensity level, and all that,'' Ikei told me earlier this year. "I'm like … you going to tell Coach Green someday at the Arizona Cardinals that nobody can work out when you're working out?''


The harder Ikei pushed Clarett, the more Clarett sulked, and, ultimately, he quit.


"The day he quit, we were on a high school track," Ikei said. "He ran one lap, and these kids came out for PE class, and he was like, 'I'm not running in front of all these kids. It's embarrassing.' I said, 'What do you mean? For what? Who cares? He was like, 'Well, baseball season's not in, football season's going on right now, I'm too short and stocky to be a basketball player, so obviously these kids are going to know I'm not playing in the NFL or I'm not doing anything important.' I'm like, 'Who cares?'


"I told him right there, 'No one … knows who you are here anyway? So who cares?' He was like, 'No, no, no.' … And what it made it worse, though, was when we were leaving, these two or three kids came running all the way out to the parking lot. 'Mr. Clarett, Mr. Clarett, can we get your autograph? And he smiles and signs these pieces of paper and then turns to me and is like, 'Well, you said nobody knows me. These people knew me.' I'm going … the only reason they know you is because you're on ESPN f------ everything up for Ohio State and everybody else.'


So Clarett quit right then and there. "Maurice was like, 'Just give me what David Boston was getting, and I'll do whatever,' " Ikei says. He wanted an easy route out. I said, 'You want David Boston's trainer? Here's the guy's number.' "


So Clarett quickly switched to Boston's guru, Charles Poliquin, who denies supplying Clarett with HGH or steroids, even though Boston has been suspended for steroids. Poliquin and Clarett teamed up for six weeks in Phoenix, but it fell apart when Clarett wanted to move back to L.A., back closer to his rap friends.


"I don't know why, he was living nice in Phoenix,'' Poliquin told me earlier this year. "They gave him the latest Beemer. Whoever was sponsoring him was giving him a real nice plush life. He was driving better cars than five-year veterans of the NFL. I told his people, 'Make the guy take the bus and stay at Motel 6.'


"And he partied too much, oh yeah. When he didn't report back after the Christmas holidays, we found out he was drunk as a skunk in New Orleans. We kept calling his people, 'When is he going to be back? When is he going to be back?' Because he's the type of guy, if you're not on his ass every day, he'll gain three pounds of fat a day. But there's not a lot of guys that want to play pro football when they have a team of money men backing them up. I mean, he was living in Malibu. Right on the beach. You walked out of the house, and there you were on the beach … I've been to the house. It's a nice place. The guy owned like 10 cars and said, pick whatever car you want. …


"And he was training at, I don't know, L.A. Sports Club. One of those stars, rich-and-famous gym. Which I told him you can't train … It's a gym for the young and pretty, but you can't get strong, you know. When I was there, there were a bunch of guys from the TV series "24," and actors and rappers. I would say Maurice was a classic case of Hollywood fever. Among the rich and famous, and he thought he was there with 'em.''


By the 2005 NFL Combine, Clarett was too slow to turn any heads, and his only blessing was that Broncos Coach Mike Shanahan was arrogant enough to think he could save him. Shanahan thinks the system makes the back, instead of vice versa, and so he picked Clarett in the third round and found out the hard way.


The minute Clarett arrived in Denver, they began to sour on him. At the airport, before flying from Colorado to the rookie symposium, he frantically called the Broncos, saying he'd left a brief case in his airport limo. But there was no brief case in there, just a water bag he always carried around. That's all right, he said, he wanted it.


He would take that water bottle everywhere, including the Bronco weight room, and the team started getting suspicious when, before minicamp practices, he'd grab the bottle and say, "I gotta get my Goose on.'' It wasn't a joke; the Bronco players were convinced he was chugging Grey Goose.


There was another incident at the team hotel, where he was accused of allegedly making sexual comments toward a guest. He denied it, but it didn't help that he had also begun alienating members of the Broncos staff. That summer, after minicamp, he had missed a weight lifting session with the team's strength coach of 11 years, Rich Tuten, and he and Tuten had then engaged in a profane shouting match. Offended by it, Clarett marched into GM Ted Sundquist's office and demanded that Tuten be fired. When Sundquist refused, Clarett -- who hadn't even signed a rookie contract yet -- asked to be traded.


By this point, the Broncos were wary of him. They offered Clarett a $416,000 signing bonus, but only if the contract had default language. But Clarett, against the advice of Clarett's former agents, Steve Feldman and Josh Luchs, turned it down. Feldman and Luchs -- who now, as agents for Gersh Sports, represent the new Bronco star rookie RB, Mike Bell -- implored Clarett to take the signing bonus, but Clarett wanted to replace it with an incentive package that would pay him first-round money if he rushed for 1,000 yards in multiple seasons. It was his ego talking. Clarett even wanted Pro Bowl language. It was a reach, and if he got cut, he wouldn't see a penny. Obviously, the Broncos agreed to the deal. And when he spent 18 days nursing a groin injury, they cut him. He never carried the ball in a preseason game.


And now what? He had no money, although he claims he's made some periodic cash doing autograph sessions. His rap friends had financed him, with the idea he'd pay them back with his NFL riches. But there were no riches. He left for his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, thinking he'd go to NFL Europe and get himself back on the field, get himself financially liquid. But then there was his New Year's Eve arrest in 2006, and his pending court case. Not a team would touch him. "He'll never play again,'' said a league executive. So how was he going to pay these people back? How much did he owe? Were these people on his back? Were these the threats his lawyer spoke about?


Does this explain the assault rifle? The bulletproof vest? The phone call to me?

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They found a half-full vodka bottle in his SUV early Wednesday morning. Grey Goose. Something was driving Maurice Clarett to drink (although police said they did not sense he was intoxicated) and it was obviously on his mind Tuesday night. He said his thank-yous to me, to Tressel, to LeBron, and after he hung up with me, he called his newest football coach, Jim Terry.


Terry is the head coach and owner of the Mahoning Valley Hitmen of the Eastern Indoor Football League. This isn't even arena ball, it's minor league arena ball. And this was the only team on earth that wanted Maurice Clarett.


According to Terry, Clarett was on the phone with him at about 1 a.m, a half hour after I was on the phone with Clarett and two hours before the gun arrest. Clarett was very likely thanking Terry, too, thanking him for being the last football coach on earth to take a chance on a has-been from Ohio State.


So it all makes sense, all the contriteness, all the thank-yous, all the quasi-goodbyes. If someone was coming after Maurice Clarett, that meant someone was coming after his baby girl. And if someone was coming after his baby girl, he was going to do anything he could to stop it. If that meant carrying four guns and wearing a bulletproof vest, so be it. Maybe, Tuesday night, he knew it was over. Maybe that's why he told me, "I'm a young man going through stress. I'm a person who was scheduled to make millions and didn't make 'em."


The more I think about it, maybe he'd decided Tuesday night was the night to tell everyone how he felt, his last chance for a confessional.


And now maybe he's in the safest, best place for him.


The slammer.

Cedric
08-10-2006, 02:41 AM
Now after reading that it doesn't look like self defense to me. Looks like someone desperate for money that is gonna rob someone.

If he wanted to kill himself or others he would have got in a shoot out with the cops.

WMR
08-10-2006, 02:48 AM
I would think he'll go to prison for at least 3-5 years for all this, especially when compounded with his other crime still awaiting trial.

That might be a conservative length of time.

RedsBaron
08-10-2006, 07:26 AM
Prison often fails to rehabilitate convicts and only makes them turn out worse, but it really appears that there is no other alternative for Clarett. Maybe prison will help him, maybe not, but at least he can't harm the general public while he's there. What a waste of a life.

RedFanAlways1966
08-10-2006, 07:48 AM
Rumor has it that former OSU QB Art Schlicter is saying, "We can use a good power running back on our football team for the upcoming PFL (Prison Football League) season. And I'd bet money that Maurice can help out squad... and I'd also bet money that he could hurt our team. Hell, I just want to bet!"

;)

RedsBaron
08-10-2006, 09:20 AM
Rumor has it that former OSU QB Art Schlicter is saying, "We can use a good power running back on our football team for the upcoming PFL (Prison Football League) season. And I'd bet money that Maurice can help out squad... and I'd also bet money that he could hurt our team. Hell, I just want to bet!"

;)
I'm a fan of the Bengals and Marvin Lewis, but, boy, Art and Maurice would really be a good fit with some of the other players on the current Bengals squad.

KalDanielsfan
08-10-2006, 09:23 AM
it sucks to be a football fan from Ohio these days.

Steinbach and the rest of the Bengals, Maurice Clarrett, and then days after the pre-season number one ranking in the coaches poll, we lost starting TE Marcel Frost for the year at OSU!

ochre
08-10-2006, 10:15 AM
That article is by Tom Friend. As such, I refuse to read it.

RichRed
08-10-2006, 12:11 PM
That article is by Tom Friend. As such, I refuse to read it.

Why? I'm genuinely curious, not being very familiar with the writer.

ochre
08-10-2006, 02:21 PM
he's the one that wrote the "Clarret is the innocent vicitim; Ohio State is ebil" schtick.

DTCromer
08-10-2006, 04:44 PM
Who cares what Clarett's doing? He won OSU the national Championship and that's pretty much all OSU fans care about now.

ochre
08-10-2006, 04:47 PM
His pass to Michael Jenkins on 4th down in the purdue game was particularly transcendant.

GAC
08-10-2006, 08:41 PM
it sucks to be a football fan from Ohio these days.

Steinbach and the rest of the Bengals, Maurice Clarrett, and then days after the pre-season number one ranking in the coaches poll, we lost starting TE Marcel Frost for the year at OSU!

Maurice Clarrett is past history. He no longer is a member of the OSU program, and hasn't been for 3 years. So why would it suck to be a football fan from Ohio these days when this kinda stuff, whether it's Bengal players or ex-OSU players is happening all over sports in this country? It's certainly not someone peculiar to Ohio teams.

max venable
08-10-2006, 10:19 PM
This from Clarett's minister in Youngstown:


"He sort of became a victim of the system," Simon said. "If you don’t play your cards right, you’re blackballed and you’re dead. I think it left him bitter against the system."

Clarett’s actions since he left OSU — including the alleged robbery in January — are a cry for help, Simon said.

"I think when a person has been treated unfairly, it makes them bitter," Simon said. "And their actions have roots in that bitterness. A lot of times, these actions are a cry for help.

"He had all the potential in the world. And I don’t think he’d be in the middle of this if (Ohio State) hadn’t tried to destroy him."

This is what I'm talking about. He's got people like this telling him that this stuff isn't his fault, basically that he's a victim. Unbelievable.

full story (http://www.dispatch.com/football/football.php?story=dispatch/2006/08/10/20060810-D3-02.html)

Spring~Fields
08-10-2006, 10:46 PM
Appears that he has some serious mental issues, and that those have caused him to sabotage his life and career, only so long those issues whatever they are would allow him to hide behind a football.

DTCromer
08-10-2006, 10:48 PM
His pass to Michael Jenkins on 4th down in the purdue game was particularly transcendant.


I agree. Clarett only carried the entire offense that year even with defenses stacking the boxes.

ochre
08-11-2006, 02:04 AM
I agree. Clarett only carried the entire offense that year even with defenses stacking the boxes.
How much carrying did he do when he was out with his gimp shoulder?

Regardless, that was probably the single most important (offensive) play of the season in the scheme of the national championship. The paper said it was Krenzel to Jenkins. Surely they must have left off Clarett out of spite, or something.

(The defense was why they were a championship caliber team.)

GAC
08-11-2006, 09:57 AM
This from Clarett's minister in Youngstown:



This is what I'm talking about. He's got people like this telling him that this stuff isn't his fault, basically that he's a victim. Unbelievable.

full story (http://www.dispatch.com/football/football.php?story=dispatch/2006/08/10/20060810-D3-02.html)

And people will believe that too Max.

Why is it the responsibility of a college athletic department to try and straighten out a kid(s) that enter the system already possibly "brought up wrong" and installed with a lack of moral responsibilty/accountability that obviously was lacking in their upbringing for 18 years?

Some one explain how 18 years of engrained behavioral and personality traits, that were instilled in them by their parents or whoever is suppose to be somehow remedied and corrected by 1-2 years in college? Especially when the only reason you are there (for the most part, but not always) is because you have excellent athletic ability?

And IMO, here is another "common denominator" in a majority of these situations.... alot of these kids were raised in homes without F-A-T-H-E-R-S to give them that sense of bearing. ;)

ochre
08-11-2006, 10:19 AM
wikipedia article said Clarett's dad works for Ken Blackwell. Does anybody know if that's true? It's the first I've seen his dad mentioned anywhere and it kind of surprised me.

GAC
08-11-2006, 07:28 PM
wikipedia article said Clarett's dad works for Ken Blackwell. Does anybody know if that's true? It's the first I've seen his dad mentioned anywhere and it kind of surprised me.

I read about 3 years ago that his Dad was mostly absent from Maurice's life. I'm pretty sure they have been divorced for many years. His Dad all of a sudden tried to re-enter his life once his son started to "make it" with OSU and his career showed promise.

ochre
08-11-2006, 09:22 PM
I read about 3 years ago that his Dad was mostly absent from Maurice's life. I'm pretty sure they have been divorced for many years. His Dad all of a sudden tried to re-enter his life once his son started to "make it" with OSU and his career showed promise.
Yeah. I just couldn't remember ever even really hearing anything about him until I saw that in the wiki article. I remember what you are talking about after you mentioned it though. Wasn't that around the fiesta bowl timeframe?

GAC
08-12-2006, 06:51 AM
Yeah. I just couldn't remember ever even really hearing anything about him until I saw that in the wiki article. I remember what you are talking about after you mentioned it though. Wasn't that around the fiesta bowl timeframe?

Yep. IMO - the guy was trying to capitalize. He wasn't there for his son when he needed him, yet expected his son to be there for him. Nice. :rolleyes:

And while I sympathize with Clarett's Mom, and any single Mom left to raise a child, she has been her son's biggest enabler. I've seen her, via the various media, talk about it's the system's fault and ducks any accountability of her son or herself.

I realize it had to be tough, but she hasn't helped matters IMO.

Spring~Fields
08-12-2006, 08:45 AM
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Maurice Clarett was ordered Friday to have a mental health evaluation after a highway chase and violent struggle with police who caught him with four loaded guns. The former Ohio State football star insisted he is competent to stand trial in another case.

http://msn.foxsports.com/cfb/story/5865506?FSO1&ATT=HMA

Blimpie
08-12-2006, 12:05 PM
Bi-polar Disorder, thy name is Maurice.

RedFanAlways1966
08-14-2006, 07:43 AM
I heard on WLW this morning that Clarett's lawyer is claiming police brutality. Says Maurice "willingly surrendered" and the police still tasered and pepper-sprayed him.

max venable
08-14-2006, 07:46 AM
I heard on WLW this morning that Clarett's lawyer is claiming police brutality. Says Maurice "willingly surrendered" and the police still tasered and pepper-sprayed him.
:rolleyes: Once again, he's the "victim" in all this.

GAC
08-14-2006, 08:31 AM
I heard on WLW this morning that Clarett's lawyer is claiming police brutality. Says Maurice "willingly surrendered" and the police still tasered and pepper-sprayed him.

Heard that too. And even if it is true (which I strongly doubt), how does that explain the loaded weapons stash in his car and fleeing from the police?

If he thinks he's a victim of the "system" out here..... wait till he get a taste of the system in prison. ;)

max venable
08-17-2006, 09:10 PM
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ochre
08-17-2006, 09:56 PM
Less crazy, or more?:
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2553084

GAC
08-18-2006, 06:00 AM
Less crazy, or more?:
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2553084

Geez! This kid is something else. Crazy stuff.

Chip R
09-18-2006, 01:30 PM
And so we say goodbye to Maurice for at least 3 and a half years. The pity of it is he's going to end up spending more time in prison than he did at tOSU.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2593068

BuckeyeRed27
09-18-2006, 01:34 PM
Really sad story. And I know he brought it all on himself, but it is still very sad.

WMR
09-18-2006, 02:38 PM
I would think he'll go to prison for at least 3-5 years for all this, especially when compounded with his other crime still awaiting trial.

That might be a conservative length of time.

I figured I was in the ballpark.

max venable
09-18-2006, 02:43 PM
"I'd like to apologize for my behavior, and I accept the time that was given to me," he said.

Smartest thing I've ever heard him say.