I love stories where each paragraph, each quote, builds inexorably towards a happy ending.
Take the one about FSU receiver Preston Parker, who currently is facing a felony charge for carrying a concealed firearm and a misdemeanor charge for marijuana possession. Needless to say, this has put a crimp in a promising football career.
But don’t worry, everyone is getting on board the P-Train.
The prosecutor -
“That probably is what we are looking at most strongly,” Assistant State Attorney Alan Johnson said. “We will have an offer out there. A perfectly appropriate resolution to this case would be a reduction in charges.”
The defense attorney -
“That’s going to be an important part of any resolution to Preston … to be able to continue his playing career at FSU,” said his attorney, Jason Weiss of West Palm Beach.
“I’m confident they will treat him fairly and look at his case as any person in his situation who has no prior record.”
Um… that “no prior record” thing? That’s kind of a technicality.
Parker was arrested in 2006 in Tallahassee for petty theft. Those charges were dropped two weeks ago after Parker paid $170 in fees necessary to complete a pre-trial diversion program.
That’s OK. Don’t forget, the prosecuting attorney is a sympathetic soul.
“A young first offender on a non-violent crime, generally we try to see if they have got something going for them so we can give them some sort of a break,” Johnson said.
“We are treating this like any other case. The key is he’s not a football player, but he’s a 21-year-old kid who has a minimal prior record. Our office has bent over backwards to try to make them successful.”
Ain’t that nice? We’re not done yet, though. If Parker is able to negotiate the criminal justice system safely, he’s still got one hard case left ahead of him.
The head coach.
According to FSU athletic department policy, the head coach determines the disciplinary action following a misdemeanor charge, which also is reviewed by the athletic director.
Coach Bobby Bowden said at his annual tour stop in Polk County last month that Parker probably would be suspended for “a few games” this season.
Suspension? At FSU? Join the crowd, Preston.
Let’s let his attorney have the last word.
“He’s extremely sorry for the embarrassment this arrest has caused his family and the university,” Weiss said. “I know he’s committed to making the necessary changes in his life to become a positive role model and influence in the community. Part of that is eliminating the negative influences in his life.”
And they lived happily ever after. The end.
(h/t AOL FanHouse)