Surely you can't be serious

Sports blotter: "Don't call me Shirley!" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 17, 2007

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HAT TRICK: University of Texas Longhorn Tyrell Gatewood was recently arrested for the third time in 13 months.

I’ll just crash here
Early nomination for collegiate crime-dweeb of the year goes to Fresno State defensive lineman Jason Shirley, who recently put in one of the greatest sports-dumbass performances since Sebastian Janikowski’s glory days at Florida State. Shirley was arrested early on Tuesday, October 9, after smashing a car into an apartment building, then backing up and leaving the scene.

No one was hurt, but the impact of the collision interrupted at least one bowel movement. “I was in using the restroom,” said Jason Sanchez, one of the building’s residents, “sitting down, and I heard a loud noise, a big bang. A force behind me pushing me off the toilet.”  Shirley — not exactly hard to identify, given that he is a 350-pound black man with a blond Mohawk and goatee — then made the mistake of fleeing the scene too slowly, giving one resident enough time to copy down his license-plate number. Police shortly thereafter discovered Shirley’s car, and the big d-lineman himself, near the Fresno State campus. Shirley blew a .12 into the breathalyzer — for the record, a .12 for a 350-pound man translates into a serious amount of alcohol — and was arrested on the spot. Police are reportedly considering additional charges.

Shirley apparently possesses a great many attributes of the classic infuriating collegiate sports criminal. You will frequently read about a defensive back who punches a girl in the nose at a bar and then shows up in court wearing a mesh T-shirt, sweatpants, and a hat with a weed leaf on it. For his arraignment, Shirley showed up in court wearing shorts, immediately outraging the presiding judge. Shirley drew similar criticism earlier this year when he came back after a two-game suspension for a still-undisclosed violation of team rules sporting his new blond Mohawk and goatee — not exactly the message of serious contrition you want to project to the team after you’ve been disciplined.

Believe it or not, Shirley isn’t the first college-football player to hit-and-run a building. Former University of Washington tight end Jerramy Stevens — who, as a Seattle Seahawk, put in one of the all-time hideous Super Bowl performances a few years back — once drove a truck into a retirement home before fleeing the scene.

Shirley has been suspended indefinitely from Fresno State. Head coach Pat Hill, a former Bill Belichick assistant and noted hardass, said hilariously after the arrest: “The mistake he made is something that maybe could have been avoided.”

Give Jason 45 points for this one; there should be a special place in hell for hit-and-run drivers.

Slam drunk
It seems the WNBA will stop at nothing in an attempt to gain some of the legitimacy enjoyed by the boys in the NBA. Now they’re even having players get arrested, just like their more popular brethren.

They’re starting out slowly, however, with just a DUI — in this case, by Rebekkah Brunson of the Sacramento Monarchs. She was pulled over at 2 am on October 11 in Sacramento, after police spotted her drifting in and out of her lane. Brunson, 25, was booked into the local jail, then later released.

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