Commentary: Time for football players to stop showing up in crime report

2012-02-23T10:00:00Z Commentary: Time for football players to stop showing up in crime reportBy STEVE GRESS, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
February 23, 2012 10:00 am  • 

Enough is enough, already.

Let’s not have a repeat of nearly two years ago when Oregon State athletes and former athletes found themselves all over the police blotter for one dumb act after another.

In the past few days, we have had stories on football players being cited for driving under the influence of intoxicants — Sean Martin — and driving over 100 mph on Interstate 5 — Malcolm Marable.

This on the heels of coach Mike Riley announcing cornerback Mishawn Cummings is suspended indefinitely for the standard “breaking team rules” reason.

It’s time for the rest of the football players, and other athletes at OSU, to take note and think before joining this group.

It seems, however, that  incidents like these are grouped together. 

Just think back to the spate of run-ins with the law back in April and May of 2010.

Remember Peter Lalich’s booking for a boating DUI in Shasta, Calif.?

It cost Lalich, who had two other alcohol-related incidents while a member of the Virginia program, his roster spot in Corvallis.

Or how about when Lyle Moevao, Keaton Kristick and Brennan Olander pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle after an OSU golf cart, that was reported stolen, was found damaged in a handicapped parking spot at an apartment complex?

Throw in a couple more alcohol-related incidents around that time and you had quite the storyline.

Now, none of those amounted to more than college students making some dumb mistakes.

I don’t want to downplay the two most recent events as driving under the influence and speeding as being minor offenses, but they are common enough in society. 

Let’s hope this is the end of these mistakes this year and that all parties involved learn their lesson.

Playing for a Division I university is a privilege, one that can and, most likely, will be taken away if these actions continue.

A great showing

On a much more positive note, congrats to all involved for making the eighth annual Pink Out at OSU a success.

Last weekend’s event raised $9,309 for The Corvallis Clinic Foundation’s Project H.E.R., a local breast cancer organization.

This year’s event consisted of Friday night’s gymnastics meet against UCLA and California, a Pink Out Breakfast and Silent Auction on Saturday morning, followed by that afternoon’s women’s basketball game.

“The crowd (Saturday) was awesome,” women’s coach Scott Rueck said after Saturday’s game. “It was great to see our Pink Out day, it was solid pink. It was awesome. The lower bowl was full. I loved it.”

Steve Gress is the sports editor of the Corvallis Gazette-Times. He can be reached at Follow him at

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