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May 31, 2013
The Dawgnation sounds off
The Story: Defensive starter suspended
It does not take much to get the Georgia Bulldog fan base up in arms when it comes to bad news for the football program, and earlier this week when it was announced that one of their starters (see story above) had been caught smoking marijuana and suspended for the season opener, it was off to the races.
Here are some posts from fans on the granddaddy of all Georgia message boards, The Dawgvent:
as many of us have posted time and time again, we unnecessarily humiliate these kids for minor mistakes.
Sure, the kids screwed up and has himself to blame but our suspensions merely result in a very public airing of our and his dirty laundry.
I would be worried about trusting my kid to our Athletic Department. Their crusade is admirable but their means are beyond questionable and I don't want my kid to make a mistake on spring break and have it follow him for the rest of his life.
Punish him? You bet - he will regret that mistake for a long time! But it will remain between me, the AD, and my son.
...it could have happened at any SEC school or at FSU BUT only at Ga would her son be suspended a game for the first offense and have his name and reputation tarnished all over the sports pages.
Mommas want a school to protect their sons as much as possible....Everybody else does a better job of it than does UGA.
And I'm sure it's Michael Adams and or the athletic board and not our staff,...but Adams and board members don't risk losing their jobs with losses on the field..........but they like to take credit for how tough they are on drug usage among college kids.
They must be the only people in America who don't see how our tough policy is making us a laughing stock around the country with the sports media...they think it makes us look "concerned and tough minded" when it's making us look like we're out of control with drug crazed players.....when we're probably less so than most SEC teams. (see the Honey Badger)
Here's a thought: How about Momma's teach their sons to be men and be responsible for their actions? Why does a 20 yo man need for a school to protect him. I've got a cousin JHC's age that's crawling around in the Hindu Kush, as a Ranger as I write this. He was taught to take care of and protect himself, BEFORE he left home. Amazing to me that at 18 you can vote, get married and have children, sign a legal contract and decide to go fight and possibly die for your country, BUT a 20 yo grown man NEEDS to be protected because HE DECIDES to break rules and the law, and is dumb enough to do so in such a manner as to greatly increase his chance of being caught and punished. BUT,he needs to be protected. WOW.
I have a son who plays at UGA , I played there . Quit making excuses for kids breaking the law . You are embarrassing , making excuses for players smoking dope . I would rather see then expelled , and get some players that respect the G . Its not that hard not to smoke weed for 3 years . I am sick of folks making excuses for our players lack of commitment
Blacks and Hispanics are definitely targeted and ARRESTED for this in a significantly higher percentage. As someone said below, the numbers don't lie.
Just do a simple google search on percentage of arrests for marijuana possession. It is fine to argue but at least get the facts straight.
It didn't start there, in fact this was just the latest twist to another discussion on the board:
Georgia should legalize pot so we can stop dealing with this and have an advantage in recruiting. (NOTE: He was kidding, but the ball got rolling quickly)
Not no, but Hell NO....Sorry....there is nothing redeeming (in the long run) to smoking pot.....medical evidence backs me up on that statement. It is a proven gateway drug, destroys brain cells, etc etc.....sorry, I won't ever believe it should be legalized.
You can make the same argument about alcohol. And there are a lot of medical professionals that don't buy the gateway drug argument. Obviously we aren't going to convince each other to change our minds, but there are differing opinions on the topic in the general populace and within the medical profession.
I'm not going to disagree with you about the effects that it causes and honestly I don't care because I don't smoke pot nor will I but the fact is the laws are such now that they might as well legalize it because its no deterrent on the people that do it. I bet if pot were legalized and taxed you wouldn't even see a 5% change in the population of people that are quote regular users. Why not tax the shit out of it and atleast fund something positive off of it. Like I said I'm not a user but even the gateway drug argument if people are going to do drugs / alcohol / script pills they're going to and legal vs illegal for pot when in most cases you're talking a fine etc unless you are hit with intent to distribute isn't even considered a deterrent to "pot heads"
Ignorance is a word that describes your take on weed. Don't comment on things you have little knowledge or experience with. Save that for grandstanding and clueless politicians.
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