December 18th, 2012 at 10:42 AM ^

In terms of crimes this seems to be about as minor as they come. Expired tags, pulled over for not signaling. His biggest mistake was not showing up to the court date, which I can’t explain but I’m guessing there was a reason. He paid the fine. This could have happened to anyone and doesn’t seem to display any poor intent or overly harmful decision making (just being forgetful regarding the tags). Denard is still the Golden Son.


December 18th, 2012 at 1:06 PM ^

...what the heck was he doing up in East Lansing right after the Minnesota game?  The article says he got pulled over at 1:33am on November 4th. 

The team started the day in Minnesota whupping the Gophers, and while he didn't play (ulnar nerve boo-boo), he was on the sideline.  So he flew back with the team, then jumped on the road and went to East Lansing? 

Note that I'm not questioning the guy's right to be up there -- just curious as to what was worth driving up for?  It's not like he's a popular guy in that town.


December 18th, 2012 at 10:56 AM ^

"His biggest mistake was not showing up to the court date, which I can’t explain but I’m guessing there was a reason."

Why do we always try to explain away these guys' mistakes?  Of course there was a reason - he wanted to avoid going to court.  That's typically the only reason.  If you ignore it, maybe it will go away.

But it doesn't go away.

This is just stupid.


December 18th, 2012 at 11:26 AM ^

It can be both. It can be an actual bad thing that a player did wrong, but can also be not a big deal. 

Barring some additional facts, this is a stupid thing that Denard did, and it is his fault. However, on the scale of jaywalking/speeding to murder/being Pitbull, this is a relatively minor offense (I'd place it below alcohol-related offenses but above traffic offenses). 

oriental andrew

December 18th, 2012 at 10:57 AM ^

In my experience, college kids will often forget things, like showing up to court.  Maybe he got his days mixed up.  Maybe he thought it was the AA court house, but it should have been in the jurisdiction in which he was cited.  Who knows, but it's really a non-issue and a non-story. 


December 18th, 2012 at 11:14 AM ^

As someone who has had to go to court for minor incidents there are reasons you might not show up mistakenly.  Often times with misdemeanors there are ways to settle the matter outside of court (pleading no contest, paying fine before the date) or in some instances your lawyer can represent you without you needing to be present. It is possible that there was a miscommunication or misunderstanding along the way.  I hate to be the guy defending Denard blindly, I don’t consider myself that type of fan, but it’s not necessarily black and white. He is not someone that is ignorant enough to wake up in the morning and thinks he can avoid the issue by staying at home that day.


December 18th, 2012 at 10:59 AM ^

Forgot to renew tags. Got a notice in the mail instructing me to come to court, I was swamped at work, and I had my license suspended. Paid the fine a few weeks later and license was immediately reinstated.

Same thing happens if you forget to pay a parking ticket, an enough time goes by.

I imagine that denard's permanent address (where his car is registered) is in Florida. Mail may go there and he picks it up on breaks when he goes home. The notice may have sat for a while an he jus never got to it. Like i said, happens all the time.

French West Indian

December 18th, 2012 at 11:42 AM ^

Even my parents who are generally competent get confused by mail.  I've gotten (multiple) calls from them insisting that there's an important looking document that I need to pick up only to find that it was some cheesy piece of junk mail.

And even better than that, twice I've recieved jury duty requests from courthouses that my parents let sit for months.  Those actually could have resulted in contempt of court charges.  Thanks Mom & Dad!  I swear in some matters, everybody over the age of 50 is just hapless.


December 18th, 2012 at 1:45 PM ^

As a recent grad, 2011 for those who care, I still get mail sent to my parents house even though I don't live there.  Usually my Dad calls if it looks important enough and I give him the OK to open it and tell me what it says.  Otherwise whenever I see them I get a pile of junk mail dropped on me.  A Michigan Secretary of State letter would prompt a phone call from Pops. 


I guess everyone is different though.


December 18th, 2012 at 11:43 AM ^

Is how I imagine they react. Osu fan: "do you think Michigan will get banned from a bowl? Denard did something way worse than selling off memorabilia for free shit and then having a university wide cover-up." Msu fan: "agree. I bet after he goes to prison for this, Brady choke will let him play without even sitting a game. Typical scUM player. We won 4 in a row once. Suck on that walvies."