Vroom vroom

Just like the football program, the quality of legal support in Gainesville, Florida is on the decline.

A judge on Wednesday gave a homework assignment to Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson – an essay explaining his reason for speeding 105 mph and what he learned after spending 12 hours in traffic school.

Alachua County Court Judge Meshon Rawls also fined Richardson $349 after his lawyer entered a plea of no contest to a charge of speeding at least 30 mph over the limit.

The judge appeared dissatisfied with Richardson’s explanation about why he was driving so fast, that he wasn’t paying attention when a sheriff’s deputy stopped him at 4:11 a.m. on April 4.

“I just remember driving home that night,” Richardson said during his court hearing. “I was putting in my maps, and I didn’t realize I was going that fast because I looked up and seen blue lights, and that’s pretty much all I remember.”

Richardson’s lawyer, Joshua Houston, asked the judge not to assess points against the player’s driver’s license. The judge balked after she learned that just weeks before Richardson was ticketed for 105 mph in Florida, he was also ticketed for driving 90 mph on an interstate in Georgia in a 70 mph zone.

“I don’t think there is a compelling circumstance or explanation for 105 mph,” Rawls said.

It wasn’t clear why Richardson’s lawyers didn’t better prepare the player to explicitly apologize, express regret or offer a fuller, more credible explanation for driving so fast.

Shit, Huntley Johnson would have had this matter wrapped up before breakfast, without a pesky hearing in front of a skeptical judge.  So much for the Gator Standard.  I tells ‘ya, there’s no way Corch would have tolerated this kind of sloppy criminal defense work.

Still, there is some good news for AR15.  He should be able to cover that fine amount in the near future.

The judge said she would reconsider whether to assess points against Richardson’s license if he submitted an essay, which Houston promised would happen within one week. Richardson – whose agent has been pursuing six- and seven-figure endorsement deals under new NCAA rules allowing athletes to earn money from their name, image and likeness – was given 60 days to pay the $349 fine.

NIL to the rescue!


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54 responses to “Vroom vroom

  1. 81Dog

    Nice of Muscat to sell AR15 his car.


  2. 81Dog

    MUDCAT. 😡🤬

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  3. I don’t mind given a young guy a break but on the third offense of this nature they should have come down hard before this kid kills someone.

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  4. whit1356


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  5. David K

    I wouldn’t care if he was a Dawg or Gator, this dude needs his license revoked and the possibility of 30 days in jail.

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  6. TEXBaller

    “I looked up and SEEN blue lights”…..the value of a college education.

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  7. I’ve driven a number of overpowered cars in my lifetime, and managed not to “accidentally” go 105 in any of them. The times I’ve cracked triple digits were definitely done on purpose. (At least I wasn’t fucking with my phone or my “maps” while doing so.)

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    • PTC DAWG

      Yeah, I would left out the distracted part…

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    • erksshadow

      Many years ago, as the designated driver, I drove a friend’s Mercedes on I-95 near Jekyll Island. After a few miles, he asked me why I was driving 90 mph. I hadn’t noticed. I realized that all the junk cars I had ever owned and driven would have been shaking and rattling at that speed. The Mercedes was smooth as silk and fortunately there was no traffic (nor troopers) about.


  8. Ran A

    Well, I have to say this. At least he had an active license to work with. I think part of the internal staff’s job at Georgia is to make sure this guys are renewing their licenses in a timely manner. Of all the things to get into trouble about.

    This kid will have to do a lot more to get tossed in jail in that state. That just know that he is going to take them to the promise land.

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  9. David D

    Escort Radar detectors + AR15 = a match made in the fast lane.


  10. AR15’s agent will cut & paste an article from Car & Driver and all will be forgiven until next month when he gets stopped again north of a hundred.

    In his soon to be tax bracket, he could be chauffeured around campus like Thornton Mellon.

    If this was a UGA player and Athen’s PD…he’d be under the jail.

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  11. PTC DAWG

    I just drive I-75 to Orlando, 90 is typical…I had plenty of cars pass me..105 isn’t out of the ordinary..luckily, it seems that Florida doesn’t send the local yocals out to patrol..they leave it to the State Patrol..I saw maybe one car running radar, passed him in a line of cars at 85, he didn’t move.

    I won’t mention the shit storm that our locals in GA cause on the interstates..Adel area in particular.

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    • Sweet D

      I agree with the locals patrolling the interstate. They are not trying to make their cities safer, they are just hoping to make a seizure or write a ticket that is hard for an out of towner to fight, fundraising in other words.

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    • Got Cowdog

      They still got the 55 sign tucked up behind the bridge embankment in Adel, where you can’t see it?

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    • prosticutor

      Maaaan…I defended a guy in a felony trial just last week, and it all started with “anything in this car I need to know about other than that joint I see on the floor?” 15 over ended with 15 in prison.

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      • RangerRuss

        Geez, how often must you read/hear an officer’s statement, “And then I noticed the odor of marijuana” to Get The Picture that smokn’ weed while driving is just stupid?
        Why do you think they call it dope?

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    • armydawg

      Cruise on I-95 between Savannah & Brunswick and you’ll see every Sheriff’s deputy and county cop they have available out to raise money to pay the cable & cell phone bill.


  12. practicaldawg

    He offered similar testimony after the cocktail party loss last year: “I looked up and saw Nakobe Dean and that’s pretty much all I remember.”

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  13. Opelikadawg

    “Richardson – whose agent…” Herschel reads this, shakes his head and says, “Dang, all I did was have dinner with a guy.”

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  14. W Cobb Dawg

    “…judge also fined Richardson $349…”

    Wouldn’t it be more appropriate to fine AR15 the amount of $357?

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  15. NotMyCrossToBear

    I’d love to read the essay if he does it.

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  16. Upon hearing the judge assign him writing an essay, Richardson immediately turned to his lawyer and asked if he could do jail time instead.

    Liked by 8 people

    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      Just one more reason not to go to Florida to live. On the other hand, in Athens I feel safe from scooter traffic.

      Liked by 1 person

    • poetdawg

      His lawyer said, “No problem AR. Just have the person who writes your papers for class do the essay and get the team to pay for it.”

      Liked by 1 person

  17. prosticutor

    Didn’t realize Special Agent Richt was already at work and losing control in Gainesville

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  18. Morris Day

    What? This is outrageous! A MF’ing FL Gator was doing 90 on Georgia roads and our law enforcement didn’t detain him? What the hell is this world coming to?

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  19. stoopnagle

    I’m sure it’s been said – I’m just now making the rounds here and haven’t scrolled through all the comments – but in what world do you tell the judge whom you are trying to convince to go light on you that you were basically playing with your phone (“putting my maps in”) while going 105 mph on any road anywhere?

    “Um, judge, you should let me go light because no only am I driving recklessly, I’m not paying attention either! Kinda like how I spin out passes at the end of the half in Jacksonville!”