Buyer’s remorse?

Just for kicks, go back and read this post at The Red Solo Cup in the wake of Jamar Hornsby’s commitment to Ole Miss.  Don’t miss the comments from the Rebel fans, either.

Then, read what Chris Low posted about what Hornsby is accused of having done on March 1 (it took a little while for news of the arrest to get out, didn’t it?).

… According to the arrest report, the complaint filed said Hornsby used brass knuckles while hitting another guy repeatedly in the head area, causing a fractured nose, busted lips, swollen jaw and other cuts.

The altercation started after Hornsby was involved in a minor traffic accident with another car in a drive-thru at McDonald’s around 2:15 that morning, according to police.

Now, read the latest at The Red Solo Cup.  It’s not as dumb as the idea of bringing brass knuckles to a Mickey D’s in Starkville, Mississippi at two in the morning, but it’s got its moments.

… I wanted to give the guy a chance. After hearing all about the Florida credit card scandal and his subsequent dismissal from the Gator squad, I thought that perhaps Hornsby was just a stupid kid who got caught in a bad situation. No, I didn’t think him to be malicious or an overt troublemaker, just careless and lacking of foresight.

He used a credit card that wasn’t his (skip the fact that it belonged to a dead girl for a sec) to rack up some $3000 worth of charges.  Repeatedly.  Or maybe he was driving a fleet of semis that all needed gas at the same time.  You pick which.  How “careless” does that sound to the impartial observer?  Answer:  not very.

There’s also the suggestion made that if Hornsby had beaten the crap out of some poor soul in a metropolis other than Starkville, things would have gone much better for him.  Because we all know that the cops there lie in wait for Ole Miss football players who come rolling into town for a double cheeseburger at 2 AM.  Elsewhere, nobody would have given the brass knuckles a second thought.

Despite that, one conclusion to be taken from the brouhaha is that “State fans are just as obsessed with Ole Miss as ever.” In other words, nothing to see here, move on, folks.  Too bad that approach didn’t work with the Starkville Police Department.

I can’t wait to see the response if the charges wind up getting pled down to a misdemeanor, Hornsby appears contrite and the Nuttster leaves him on the team while promising that the kid will be subject to some unspecified “team discipline”.  That probably depends on whether he’s good enough to start.

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UPDATE: Doc Saturday has a good point (along with commenter Left to Right) that I neglected.  Hornsby is currently on probation.  If he doesn’t get these charges dropped, his enrollment at Ole Miss will be the least of his concerns.

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UPDATE #2: According to this AP story, the mere possession of brass knuckles is against the law.

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3 responses to “Buyer’s remorse?

  1. Left to Right

    Hornsby was apparently already on probation, so ultimately the decision as to whether he plays or not may not be in Nutt’s hands.

    Also, I liked how Hornsby’s attorney said he couldn’t yet comment on the specifics of the matter, but said “I feel confortable with what he’s told me.” Great meaningless comment.

  2. NebraskaDawg

    2 questions:

    1. What the hell is an Ole Miss player doing in Starkville at 2am anyway?

    2. Even at $4.00 per gallon that’s 750 gallons of gas or enough to run about 18,000 to 19,000 miles @ 25 mpg. What’s he running, a UPS fueling station out of his back yard?

  3. JasonC

    Is Kiffin an Ole Miss alum?