Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Preston Parker has issues

Florida State receiver Preston Parker, who led the team in receptions each of the last two seasons, has been dismissed.

Coach Bobby Bowden announced the junior receiver was dismissed from the team Monday in a one-sentence statement released by the school. Parker, who met with Bowden before the announcement, will remain in school on scholarship.

The 21-year-old Parker, from Delray Beach, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after Tallahassee police found him asleep in his running car early Saturday.
Unfortunately, The Associated Press left all the good stuff out of this story; the Palm Beach Post, on the other hand ...
According to a Tallahassee police report, officers found the former Atlantic High standout at 4:42 a.m. Saturday, "passed out" behind the wheel of his Dodge Charger in a McDonald's drive-thru lane. A witness stated the car had been there nearly 20 minutes.

The report states the car was in drive with Parker's foot on the brake. When police woke him up after several attempts, Parker took his foot off the brake, the car moved forward and the officers yelled for him to stop.

Parker agreed to field-sobriety tests and was arrested on the DUI charge. He submitted breath and urine samples at the Leon County Jail, where his blood alcohol content was .054 -- Florida's legal limit is .08 -- and his urine sample was a presumptive positive for marijuana. Parker admitted to drinking and smoking marijuana that night.
Parker doesn't have Alex Boone's tolerance level, apparently -- and he certainly couldn't keep up with Michigan running back Kevin Grady, who blew a phenomenal 0.281 after falling asleep while driving -- but this was his third arrest in the last two years. One of those ended with a felony weapons charge (along with weekly drug testing), while the other involved him stealing a DVD from Best Buy. It's good to see that Florida State hasn't tainted it's stellar reputation.

Anyway, Bowden finally decided he had seen enough. And when Florida State can't handle your problems, you've got serious problems.

Personally, I think it's ridiculous that he's remaining on scholarship -- why should the school put up however many thousands of dollars for a guy who can't stay out of trouble? And if that's counting toward the Seminoles' limit of 85 scholarships, it makes even less sense, because the receiving corps next year will need all the help it can get:

Taiwan Easterling and Bert Reed combined for 53 catches good for 617 yards and four touchdowns as freshmen last season. Reed, however, was suspended three times last season and arrested once for his role in a campus brawl in November that resulted in five receivers, including Easterling, being suspended for one game.
The tradition lives.

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