Monday, July 21, 2008

Doster facing three misdemeanor charges

Stories like this one are not fun to pass along. I guess it proves that yes, even Vanderbilt student-athletes make mistakes sometimes.

Jermaine Doster, a redshirt freshman running back, was charged with disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and obstructing an officer without violence early Friday morning in his hometown of Tampa, Fla.
Doster was escorted out of The Honey-Pot Bar by Tampa police and was asked to return to his vehicle and leave but failed to cooperate, in the process "causing such a commotion he caused a large crowd to gather."

Doster was taken into custody and placed in the back of a squad car, where he allegedly kicked out the window of the passenger-side rear door, causing about $200 worth of damage.

He was released on $1,250 bond about six hours after his arrest.

"I'm not going to have a comment until I know all the facts," said Vanderbilt Coach Bobby Johnson, who was unaware of the incident when contacted. "I have nothing to say."

Like Johnson, I'm not going to pass judgment until both sides are presented. However, I can't stop thinking about the fact that Jermaine was arrested in Tampa's Ybor City, the same area where his brother Kwane was killed in December 2004. I'd hate to see something similar happen to Jermaine.

Not sure what effect this incident will have on Doster's future with the Commodores, although the hilarious Every Day Should Be Saturday is now predicting "a guaranteed bowl berth for Vandy. Write it down."

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