Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A porous defense

Another day, another Florida State quarterback behaving badly. Where do the Seminoles find these guys, Paul Crewe Prep?

(Yes, that is a "Longest Yard" reference, Blobophiles. The original "Longest Yard", not the dopey remake. The "Longest Yard" in which Paul Crewe, the quarterback/felon protagonist, is portrayed by Burt Reynolds, who ... played football at Florida State. So you see, there's more to the Blob's madness here than just some desire to go old school).

At any rate, now there's video of D'Andre Johnson slugging a woman half his size in a bar, and let the standard excuse-making begin. His attorney: He was provoked by racial epithets, and, anyway, she swung first. One of his former teammates, now with the Bills: How come the woman isn't being charged, because she swung first?

Well, yes, she did, in the sense that a 5-year-old takes a swing at you while playing in the backyard.  And it was after Johnson tried to elbow her out of the way, then put his hands on her when she confronted him. And he's a quasi-professional football player who's twice her size and to whom she posed no physical threat.  And when are these guys gonna learn to just walk away?

Probably never. It takes a man to do that, and football players good enough to get recruited to Florida State rarely are men. They're pampered children with the sensibilities of pampered children, having been told for half their lives they're special and the world owes them more than it does the common ruck. And so, here's Johnson on tape punching out a woman, a candy-ass move that's a direct result of all that wrongheaded entitlement.

Kudos to Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher for immediately dismissing the kid, but not too many kudos. D'Andre Johnson, after all, was not a Heisman Trophy winner for a team with legitimate national championship aspirations. Jameis Winston was, and so Jimbo was considerably less decisive where he was concerned. In fact you can make the argument that he wasn't decisive at all where Jameis was concerned.

And so the beat goes on, with only one redeeming notion: At least Johnson's attorney didn't try to argue that he was just standing his ground, per Florida law.

Of course, there's still time.


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