Category Archives: Crime and Punishment

Well, at least he didn’t burn a couch.

Cherry on the celebration sundae here:

A Georgia football player might have done too much celebrating after the team returned from Indianapolis from winning the national title last week.

Long snapper William Mote was arrested and faces a charge of criminal damage to property in the early morning of Jan. 12 after police allege he destroyed a single pane window of an Athens downtown law office.

Mote told Athens-Clarke County police he was intoxicated after drinking at the Silver Dollar Bar, went to see a friend and mistakenly went to the law office, according to a police incident report.

I don’t know how a friend’s place and a law office can get mixed up — William must have been one drunk dude at the time — but at least he wasn’t riding a scooter.

Vince Dooley warned us about those long snappahs.

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TFW you can’t cash in on NIL

An enterprising youngster

Jackson State football player Abdul-Malik McClain was arrested in Los Angeles on Monday after being indicted on charges of fraud relating to COVID-19 unemployment money.

McClain, 22, surrendered to federal law enforcement and was arraigned in U.S. District Court, where he pled not guilty to being the ringleader of an alleged scheme that raked in at least $227,736 in unemployment payments…

McClain, who transferred to Jackson State last December, is charged with 10 counts of mail fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft that occurred while he was a member of the Southern Cal football team.

Needless to say, they’ve no longer heard of him at Jackson State.

McClain is accused of causing “at least three dozen” fraudulent applications to be filed with the California Employment Development Department during the summer of 2020. The fraudulent applications sought at least $903,688 in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits, according to the news release. The payout was at least $227,736.

“While a member of his university’s football team, McClain organized and assisted a group of other football players in filing fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits, including under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program established by Congress in response to the pandemic’s economic fallout,” the release states. “The indictment alleges that the claims … contained false information about the football players’ supposed prior employment, pandemic-related job loss, and job-seeking efforts in California.”

Sounds like Lincoln Riley may have a small problem on his hands.

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Damn, Mark Richt’s lost control again.

Not great, Bob.

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UPDATE:

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Gone for ’21

Oh, boy.  This sure took a dark turn.

Playing this year is probably the least of Anderson’s worries right now.  Hope the justice system gets this right, regardless of outcome.

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Today, in things Mark Richt has lost control of

You know, the thought occurred to me a few days ago that things had been placid on the law and order front this season.

So much for thinking.

Anderson has (sensibly) retained counsel, who issued this statement yesterday.

It’s all in the early, he said/she said stage — note that Anderson hasn’t been arrested — so there’s no point in trying to draw any conclusions here, at least not yet.  That being said, the important development for now is that Smart took the only step he could:

Georgia has indefinitely suspended starting linebacker Adam Anderson, who has been accused of raping a woman, sources told ESPN on Thursday…

“We are aware of the report, and we don’t comment on law enforcement matters, but I’ve been clear about the high standards we have for our student-athletes on and off the field,” Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart said on Thursday. “I will be working closely with our administration to ensure we cooperate fully with all law enforcement and campus protocols.”

One other thing to keep in mind is that this matter is being pursued on two levels.  ACC police are investigating the potential criminal charges, while the school will be reviewing this as part of its responsibilities under Title IX.  In other words, even if the cops and DA decide there isn’t enough to charge Anderson on, the school could make an entirely different decision, as the standards of proof are different.

Needless to say, the program didn’t need this distraction.

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A case of un-mistaken identity

Shot.  (See what I did there?)

An argument over the Alabama vs. Texas A&M game led to a deadly shooting at a Bessemer home.

The game was in its final minutes Saturday night when Bessemer police say two men got into a dispute at a gathering in the 1000 block of Sixth Avenue North.

Lt. Christian Clemons said the argument centered around which team was better. The homeowner asked the two men to leave because they were fighting.

Once outside, shots were fired and one of the men – 27-year-old Kealend Amad Pickens – was struck. The shooting happened before the game actually ended.

Pickens was taken to UAB Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:23 a.m. Sunday, becoming Bessemer’s 24th homicide of the year.

The suspect fled before police arrived, but Clemons said they know his identity.

“It’s another case,’’ Clemons said, “of resorting to violence to handle differences.”

Tell me you’re from Alabama without saying you’re from Alabama.

Chaser.

My only question is whether the ‘Bama fan is the victim or the suspect.  If it’s the latter, I half expect him to surface on Finebaum at some point.

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Mark Richt has lost control over Dabo’s program.

Well, well, well, looky here.  Fred “Hell on Wheels” Davis is listed at first team cornerback for Clemson this week.

I’m really looking forward to Herbie’s sniff of disapproval during the broadcast.

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Mark Richt… er, Stoops, has lost control of the Kentucky football program.

Cue Herbie’s righteous indignation.  (Just kidding.)

Burglary charges were filed Thursday against six University of Kentucky football players over an incident at a March private party, according to Lexington police Sgt. Donnell Gordon.

On Saturday, March 6, 2021, there was a party being thrown at a residence. During the party, three people entered the residence uninvited and were asked to leave. The three became upset and threatened they would return, Gordon said

A short time later, the three individuals returned with additional people., Gordon said. The group allegedly forced their way into the residence. One suspect pointed a firearm at a victim.

As a result of the investigation, Reuben “RJ” Adams, Robert JuTahn McClain, Andru Phillips, Earnest Sanders IV, Devito Tisdale and Joel Williams were charged with first-degree burglary, according to police and court records.

Tisdale has also been charged with wanton endangerment. He’s accused of pointing the handgun at one of the victims.

… In a separate statement released by the school, head coach Mark Stoops said the team has been aware of the incident since March.

“I am aware of the situation that arose today,” Stoops said. “Out of respect for the legal process, I cannot comment on the charges. We have been aware of this matter since March, as we withheld the players from team activities while a student conduct review was held. Based on the outcome of the review, the players returned to activity in June. We are evaluating the current situation as we receive more information.”

Generally speaking, “Out of respect for the legal process” is one of those things you don’t want to hear your head coach say.  Then again, these kids may just have been trying to fit in with the program.

Dan Berezowitz, Stoops’ chief of staff, had an assault charge against him dismissed on Tuesday, but remains suspended by the university. Jovon Bouknight, UK’s wide receivers coach, was arrested for a DUI in June but later reached a plea deal that saw that charge dismissed; he returned to the team following a suspension.

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Mark Richt has lost control over driving.

Shot.

Chaser.

Leave the bottle on the bar.

He playin’.

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I could have played quarterback at the University of Tennessee…

but then I got high.  Again.

The updated tally for Kaidon Salter as a University of Tennessee quarterback is two marijuana-related incidents and zero practice snaps.

Salter, a four-star early enrollee from Dallas who was suspended for all of spring practice following a Stokely Hall confrontation in early March, was pulled over early Saturday morning in Knoxville along with three-star offensive tackle signee Amari McNeill. According to university police, Salter and McNeill were stopped for not having their tail lights on, and they admitted to having about four grams of marijuana.

Kid might as well enter the portal and transfer to Colorado.

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