— “due to the fact that it was an F.S.U. football player,” the report said.

When it comes to the dispensation of justice in most college football towns in the South – leaving the obvious local example out of the mix for the moment – I’m as cynical as anybody.  But this New York Times story on police department shenanigans in Tallahassee still managed to make me shake my head.

As far as comparisons between Tallahassee and Athens go, they might as well be on different planets.  Check this story out:

When Jesus (Bobo) Wilson, an up-and-coming wide receiver, was stopped by the Tallahassee police in June while riding a stolen Bintelli Sprint motor scooter, his story was dubious: He claimed he had borrowed it from a student whose last name he did not know. But for Officer Michael Petroczky, it was convincing enough to forestall an arrest.

The officer, noting in his report that Mr. Wilson was a Florida State football player, wrote: “Wilson was not arrested today because he cooperated, showed no signs of guilt and provided a plausible story that needs to be investigated.”

According to the scooter’s owner, Mr. Wilson’s football connections weighed heavily on the case. After letting Mr. Wilson go, the officer arranged to meet the owner, a Florida State student, in a campus parking lot at night and “questioned if I was mentally stable or if I had forgotten that I lent him the scooter,” the student said in an email interview. The officer seemed deeply reluctant to charge Mr. Wilson, saying he did not want his name on the arrest report, according to the student.

“He told me that he had not arrested Wilson because he was a football player, and he did not want to ‘ruin’ his record by arresting him” if there was a chance he might be innocent, the student wrote.

Plus, anyone named Jesus deserves the benefit of the doubt, anyway, right?

At least we know that Jameis Winston wasn’t the recipient of special treatment.

Read the whole thing. You’ll be shaking your head, too.

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18 responses to “— “due to the fact that it was an F.S.U. football player,” the report said.

  1. TennesseeDawg

    “Kid, are you sure you didn’t pray Jesus take the wheel”

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  2. Thatguy

    Jimmy Williamson’s head just exploded at the thought of not arresting a football player on a scooter.

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  3. Goat Balls

    We cannot give up the ship. We have to bail faster. Fight her till she sinks.

    Cheers. Game is on at 0900 out here.

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    • I remember that from being in the Army out on the West Coast; you grab your coffee and breakfast burrito and settle in for football.

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      • Goat Balls

        I am a Navy man. Fly Navy. Anytime baby. And go Dawgs.

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        • uglydawg

          Explains the handle, “Goat Balls”. Same here…Navy…(old Navy).

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          • Goat Balls

            Yeah, my squadron mates gave me that handle. Before there were women on the boat, we always walked butt naked to the shower and well, Get The Picture. Get it?

            I had goat balls on one of my name tags and ran into deputy cag in strike ops one day. He didn’t know me, looked at my name, and for years after called me mr balls. It was priceless.

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  4. Mayor

    Get ’em NY Times.

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  5. Debby Balcer

    And you wonder why both girls who accused football players of rape were not listened to.

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  6. Scorpio Jones, III

    When you get the New York Times interested in football, you are in truly deep shit. Ask Vincent.

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  7. Bulldog Joe

    I just pray we don’t hear Jesus Bobo’s name in Columbia this afternoon.

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  8. I think these FSU stuff partly explains why Coach Pruit left FSU that fast. He likely cannot swallow and be part of those stupidity. I wonder how many folks will be indicted for criminal cover up under the federal statutes. We all know NCAA will likely keep the University open but will attempt to punish UGA harshly for $400. LOL

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