By now, most of you know the story of Da’Rick Rogers. The mega-talented wide reciever out of Calhoun spurned his Georgia commitment at the 11th hour in order to sign with Tennessee. The decision caused an uproar from Bulldog faithful, incensed that an 18 year-old kid dare change his mind.
Back when the initial story was taking place, I was upset, but I wasn’t about to go out and start bashing a kid for making a personal decision. Some of my fellow Bulldog fans weren’t so level headed. Call in shows, message boards, and Bulldog Club meetings were awash in an anti-Da’Rick vitriol. Quite frankly, I was embarrassed to be associated with such low-lifes.
After the Damon Evans situation, you’d think Georgia fans would have learned their lesson about kicking another program while its down.
News surfaced this morning that Da’Rick Rogers and another Tennessee football player had been arrested for their alleged role in a bar brawl that left an off-duty Knoxville police officer unconscious on the side-walk. According to reports, the officer was knocked to the ground by one individual and then a group of Tennessee football players allegedly proceded to kick him in the body and head until the officer lost consciousness.
If guilty, Mr. Rogers deserves to be punished to the fullest extent of the law for what reads as an especially heinous crime. For now, I’m willing to withold judgement. My fellow Bulldog fans aren’t.
One look at the AJC’s comments on the article directs you to some of the most assinine and childish remarks I’ve ever come a cross. A few border on ignorance and racism.
Georgia fans… you have no room to talk. A trip through the Red and Black’s archives will turn up a whole hosts of indescretions committed by UGA student athletes. Heck, when the current offensive coordinator was a young QB at Georgia, he had two offensive linemen hold a guy back so he could beat him to a pulp inside an Athens bar.