April 28th, 2011 at 1:04 PM ^

Just because a gun is registered (owned by the original buyer who filled out the proper paper work), doesn't mean he can carry it. You must have a CCW (concealed carry weapons permit) to have the gun in your possession while it is loaded and concealed.

In Michigan a CCW is no longer tied to one gun, it is tied to the person who took the certification class; and they may carry any gun that is lawfully registered.


April 28th, 2011 at 11:36 AM ^

Even if the gun is registered, he has a duty to let the officer know about the gun as soon as the officer makes contact with him.  This is so the officer isn't surprised when they find the gun in the vehicle.  BTW, what does he need a gun in E. Lansing for exactly?

Steve in PA

April 28th, 2011 at 12:03 PM ^

Last Sunday at our church the Head Coach of Bucknell Wrestling spoke about how he had turned his life around.  He talked about how right before his senior year at MSU he was charged with 3 counts of Possesion with intent to Deliver MJ.

He wasn't immediately thrown off the team, but was told that if he was still facing a felony he would not be attending school any longer.  In a meeting with the DA his lawyer mentioned lowering to misdimeanors.  DA said, 1 maybe, 2 doubtful, but 3 no way.

(Insert Church part here)

By trial date it wasn't 3 counts, it was one misdimeanor and he was a B10 Champion his Sr year.

I'm not bagging on Wirnsberger, just showing that Sparty did this long before Dantonio got there


April 28th, 2011 at 11:29 AM ^

It is pretty obvious that no MSU player will miss a game unless incarcerated. I guess Dantonio sees crime as teaching moments.  Kids do stupid things sometimes, but what goes on in EL is beyond pathetic.


April 28th, 2011 at 11:31 AM ^

I don't get it. In what universe does it make sense to not tell a police officer you have a licensed weapon? What reason is there not to disclose that information? All you have to do is say, "Just FYI, I have a licensed concealed weapon in my car right now."


April 28th, 2011 at 11:41 AM ^

I get the impression that his interview went something like this:

"What would you do if one of your best players was sent to jail, and was released the day of a game." 

"Was he released before the start of the game?"


"Play him. Duh."

"Ok, great. What if it was a backup, and you had an opportunity to make an example of him."

"Play him. Duh."

"Alright, sounds like we're on the same page... Sign here."


April 28th, 2011 at 11:39 AM ^

Even though these transgressions should count toward the Fulmer Cup, so much of Sparty's criminal activity takes place during the season (and, therefore, doesn't count toward FC) that it seems appropriate for a well-respected site like this to create a Dantonio Cup (to include in-season arrests).


April 28th, 2011 at 11:55 AM ^

As long as Dantonio keeps slapping the wrist of his players, the players will continue to keep getting in trouble.  Dantonio is lenient it's almost like he's encouraging his players to keep getting in trouble with the law. 

You've created a cycle of disobedience, Dantonio, and it's just going to keep getting worse.


April 28th, 2011 at 12:24 PM ^

I don't see a big deal with this one.  We're talking about a citation and a low level misdemeanor.  I can't say driving on a suspended license is the right thing to do but what further punishment would you want?  

The firearm doesn't bother me.  He should have let the officer know and he'll pay a fine but he obtained it legally and if he has the proper identification, then I don't see an issue there.  I own several guns and I'm pretty old school about firearm laws.  He should have been thinking better though, for sure.

The fighting is a much bigger issue since you can do harm to others.  Driving on the suspended license though is pretty stupid.  Even if he suspends him for a game, the kid would just sit on the bench as usual.  We're talking about a guy that recorded 6 tackles?