Toussaint Hit With DUI

Submitted by Brian on July 23rd, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Blarg:

The Saline Police Department arrested University of Michigan starting running back Fitzgerald Toussaint in Ann Arbor Saturday night on charges of operating a vehicle while impaired, according to Detective Don Lupi.

Details are still forthcoming. DUI is usually a suspension-level offense even for a first-timer, so Michigan may have just lost its starting tailback for a slightly important game. A reminder: Stonum's enforced redshirt was after two DUIs and repeated failure to do what the court told him to. Toussaint's not in the same boat.

Comments

CincyBlue

July 23rd, 2012 at 2:42 PM ^

"Fitz made a poor decision and has been suspended indefinitely because of that action. There are expectations that come with being a football student-athlete at the University of Michigan and those responsibilities were not met in this instance. We will use this as an opportunity to educate Fitz and make sure he understands the high standards that we have established within our program." 

yoyo

July 23rd, 2012 at 1:38 PM ^

This sucks.  Our chances of beating Alabama drop significantly.  More importantly, what the hell Fitz? He could have killed people.

champswest

July 23rd, 2012 at 2:56 PM ^

the most important thing.

I would be okay with up to a 4 game suspension, especially since it seems that some players are still not getting the message.  To hell with the won-lost record.  Do you want to be a good teammate and help the team or do you want to drink and drive?

CLord

July 23rd, 2012 at 1:46 PM ^

So this means Fitz will sit the Bama game almost assuredly, meaning we'll see a lot of Smith and Rawls.  Smith is a known commodity, so we'll get to see what Fred Jackson's boy Rawls can do.

Best case scenario:

-Rawls gets motivated to practice extra hard for the Bama game.

-Team rallys around each other and practices their ass off for Bama.

-Rawls impresses vs Bama.

-Fitz responds well on and off the field, and practices his ass off to get his starting spot back.

I still bet Vincent Smith gets the first couple carries vs Bama just to have a sure handed Senior deal with the first game gitters on such a national stage.

wresler120

July 23rd, 2012 at 1:51 PM ^

Its a first offense and plenty of players on plenty of teams have had alcohol related offenses.  He may be punished without being suspended for the game. It can easily be justified .. ala Michael Floyd

Chobee215

July 23rd, 2012 at 1:55 PM ^

Meh, have to be consistent and send the same message, I know it's apples and oranges but if we are going to be outraged and harshly punish Penn St then we need to not think of the lightest punishment for this, but a fair and consistent one. One game suspension would fit, more would be fine with me also. The point is to try to make it clear to future players this is a good way to not play important games and to embarrass yourself.

GoWings2008

July 23rd, 2012 at 1:57 PM ^

As much as I'd like to see that happen, I think all of us would agree that Floyd got away with a lot for such a small punishment.  If we want to hold our heads high saying that UM holds a higher standard than other teams do, I'm afraid we're looking at missed games.  I guess it also depends on what happens when he's standing in front of a judge.