What Next?

Red Coat Band at Georgia Dome_0386cEarly Friday morning, University of Georgia tailback Washaun Ealey was arrested for hit and run and driving with a suspended license.  Allegedly, Ealey hit a parked car around 3 am Friday morning and then did not wait at the scene for the police to show up.  Of course, they tracked down the car, he confessed and they arrested him.  What is going to happen next with this trouble plagued UGA team?

UGA has already had players arrested this summer for underage drinking.  The athletic director was removed and replaced after he was issued a DUI.  Two players, one of which Zach Mettenberger who had a lot of great potential, were kicked off the team for displaying poor judgment while under the influence of alcohol.  It’s just one thing after another with this team.  A team, which is already expected to only be so/so with a new QB and huge losses on defense.  They just keep adding to their drama with all these arrests and people getting into trouble.

Ealey was expected to be a huge part of the Dawgs offense this season.  With a brand new QB, the team would need to rely heavily on the running game.  But once again a UGA player makes a poor choice.  Now, so far there is no evidence that Ealey’s situation involved alcohol, but it was still a very poor choice.  It’s like these kids just don’t take 1 second to think about what they are doing and how it will affect them personally and the team and the school.  Maybe they just don’t care.

In this age of immediate news with things like cell phones, Twitter, and Facebook, any athlete who gets into trouble is going to have it plastered from one end of the spectrum to the other.  It’s not like the days before Internet media where it might get reported in the hometown paper, but it wouldn’t go much farther than that.  Now, it’s everywhere and it’s everywhere immediately.  These players are just not thinking at all.  Just living in the moment for themselves.  Narcissism has become the only defining characteristic of just about anyone from the age of 13 to 30.  Kind of makes you wonder what’s next since making good choices, thinking about your future, your team’s future, your school, your family, anyone or anything that isn’t you just doesn’t exist anymore.

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Deborah Horton Writing

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