Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Does Austin Seferian-Jenkins Deserve A Pass?

Sometimes keeping it real goes wrong.  A few nights ago some overzealous cop on a mission to fill his quota for the month may have inadvertently changed the course of history.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the nation's best tight end was arrested and charged with a DUI.  Most of you probably view this as the legal system doing its job by protecting citizens from the dangers of drunk drivers, but as a die hard Husky fan and alum I see this situation differently.

For purely unethical, unlawful, and selfish reasons I think the officer in question should have let Austin go with a slap on the wrist.  He should have impounded his car, issued a pricey citation, and made him walk home.  Now instead of a scenario wherein the football program and the university could impose disciplinary action quietly and privately it has become a legal matter everyone will scrutinize publicly.

The 2013 college football season is a make or break year for the University of Washington.  They open the new stadium (after spending a quarter billion dollars to renovate it) against Boise St. and a consecutive loss to the Cowboys would be catastrophic.  Financial support from boosters would decline, recruiting efforts could be jeopardized, and coach Sarkisian could lose his job.  Going into the season with the quarterback's favorite target and the team's best player MIA is a scary proposition.  A part of me wishes the cop would've handled the situation with more discretion.

For the record I don't condone drinking and driving and I'm not trying to trivialize the serious nature of the infraction.  The irresponsible actions of Austin Seferian-Jenkins could have resulted in the critical or fatal injury of innocent bystanders.  I voice my frustration with clouded judgement and an unclear conscience.  In my right mind I know the officer in question did the right thing, but the delusional win at all costs side of my personality needs someone to blame for all this.  A scapegoat if you will.  In the end Austin Seferian-Jenkins let an entire community down with his poor decision and I am no longer optimistic about an 8 win season.  Your thoughts?


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