I'm with MoCo

By Jake on May 25, 2011 at 1:00p
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There are few stories more fraught with anger and emotion then that of Maurice Clarett's rise and fall in the hearts and minds of Ohio State fans. Flashing onto the scene in a stellar Freshman season and peaking with the epic ball-strip of Sean Taylor, there was little idea of the mess to follow. We all, of course, know what came next. 

First, Clarett engaged in all kinds of sketchy behavior. He filed a false police report, accepted illegal benefits, and even "borrowed" cars from a local dealership (telling, no?). After being suspended for the 2003 season, he left the university and sued to enter the 2004 draft, ultimately losing on an NFL appeal. 

After a humiliating 1-month stint with the Broncos and an arrest for robbery, Clarett was released and the trial delayed. Clarett wasted little time in violating his terms of bail, and eventually led police on the most bizarre chase in sports history

Who knew Clarett had an assault rifle with him the whole time? Or a 9mm gun between his legs? Or that he had a hatchet? Who knew the next morning I'd wake up and hear he was under custody on alleged weapons charges, that he'd been Maced and tasered, that he'd been wearing a bulletproof vest, that he'd probably been wearing it as we spoke?

But more than a story of decline, Clarett's has been a story of redemption.

Even before his 2nd arrest, he'd made peace with Jim Tressel. Having called many of the people who he'd wronged or who he'd felt wronged him, Clarett was moving on emotionally from the tumult of the last few years. 

While in prison, he kept his thoughts in a blog of his own, edited by his girlfriend. Rather than a selfish psycho, Clarett came across as thoughtful, humble, and matured by the years he spent estranged from reailty. Integral to this process was Jim Tressel, his one-time enemy and now one of his closest mentors. So when word went out that Clarett was again in the news for legal reasons, the first reaction was a rolling of eyes and en exasperated "here we go again." 

But, this time is different. No charge has been filed. The lawsuit is being led my Maruice Clarett in regards to confiscated cash and the issue of probable cause. We don't know the facts of the case, entirely, nor do we know why he was lugging around $30 large in his car, but it doesn't really matter. The truth is, a get like Clarett is a career-maker in a small city like Youngstown. He's a target, and he will be so long as he remains, even the tiniest bit, in the spotlight. 

Clarett has turned his life around, playing in the newly minted UFL with the Omaha Nighthawks. His is a story of redemption, and the greatest living proof that Jim Tressel is a good man. Clarett, most importantly perhaps, is also a Buckeye, no matter the circumstances of his exit. And, until and unless the facts as they exist change, I've got his back in this. I'm with MoCo.

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BuckeyeSki's picture

...and let the "Out of Hound Challenge" begin

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Not at all Occifer, movin' along.....

 

 

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Irricoir's picture

Nice. Great halloween idea right there!

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Denny's picture

Is this a for real thing because if so I'm going to go sniff solvents for a while before formulating my entry.

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Irricoir's picture

The truth is, a get like Clarett is a career-maker in a small city like Youngstown. He's a target, and he will be so long as he remains, even the tiniest bit, in the spotlight.
 

 

I would like you to explain your comment so that I can process that bit of information. I hate to even ask for clarification due to the responses I got from the forums.
 

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Irricoir's picture

I think I understand your intentions but I don't want to be wrong about my interpretation and I want to reply accordingly.

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Jake's picture

A high profile arrest is the kind of thing that looks good in the political side of things, ie. to the publicly elected officials ultimately in charge of the police force.

Irricoir's picture

I have never seen a Chief of Police get excited about arresting a celebrity. Typically they dread it because of all of the hoopla and attention it brings. People have a natural desire to gravitate toward their role models/idols and defend them regardless of evidence to the contrary. (Larry Hoover anyone?) That type of fanaticism only brings more negative publicity. They would be equaly as proud of their officers for the product/reason of the arrest, not necessarily whom they arrest. Departments are not the typical "Business" in the fact that all publicity is good publicity. (Stated in most cases but I can imagine a few departments that may do as you say). The ones that I am familiar with certainly would not. Can you cite an arrest of a celebrity that got a local official promoted or some type of personal gain? [I am asking not doubting] That doesn't seem ethical to me.

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Roger's picture

Not a Chief of Police, but Sheriff Joe Arpaio probably fits that bill. He's, admittedly, far from being the norm (and thankfully so). I had the distinct displeasure of living in his district for a few years and have heard him brag about arresting Elvis Presley (though as far as official record is concerned, it never actually happened).

Irricoir's picture

I appreciate your civility but once again this falls into the category of a "Fact without evidence" type thing. I don't doubt you but I would like to see it for myself. Hope you understand. See my response to Jake for something you might find interesting.

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Roger's picture

Plenty of evidence available if you care to search. He's been making the same claim for ages.

Irricoir's picture

Well if you run across that information feel free to link it. I wouldnt want you have to do the research for me. He is far from normal and a celebrity himself. I would prefer you use someone whom is a bit more conventional as an example. He is the only law enforcement officer that I know of that Grand Stands. I have to say that I don't dislike his requirements of prisoners and most of his philosophies. If prisons were less "comfortable" maybe they wouldn't be so over occupied. Makes you wonder why crime rates are lower in other countries that have stiffer penalties (and enforce the ones they issue) than the US.

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Roger's picture

I mentioned him because I'm intimately familiar with his antics. His "philosophy" is repugnant and has cost taxpayers millions of dollars in lawsuits because of a plethora of human and civil rights violations.

Should prisons be less comfortable? Maybe so, but your assertion that other countries crime rates are lower because of less comfortable prisons would be very difficult to back up indeed. There have been many studies conducted that conclude tougher prison conditions can, in many cases, promote recidivism.

That we have the highest imprisonment rate in the world is a sad reflection of our justice system, not our prison conditions.

Irricoir's picture

Link it so that I can become better informed. O wait, I need to research it myself and take what you have said as fact? The only thing I won't refute is your experience but all these studies you quote, I'd really like to read them and become better informed. I ask for a link because I want to ensure that I am reading the exact source that you are reffering to. I sincerely wouldn't want to contirbute any confusion to our discussion.

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Roger's picture

When question a differing opinon, I take it upon myself to research it's merits. There are plenty of resources available to you if you care to look (it would seem that you don't).

btalbert25's picture

Other countries aren't so crazy with their drug laws.  Prisons are full not because it's fun and comfortable but because you have guys doing 20 year sentences for pot. I'm not a hippy pothead who is an advocate for legalization, but the drug laws in this country are F'd up, and you have violent criminals who are released to make room for a guy who has his 3rd strike for pot. 

Roger's picture

My paraplegic cousin unfortunate enough to live in a state without medical marijuana "allowances" can attest to this.

Irricoir's picture

I agree that our sentencing is not right, and I already made a comment previously that i don't think ownership crimes of illegal substances should hold the sentences that they do. Whomever has the 20 year sentence for POM must be on his 4th strike or greater. I have personaly seen guys get a slap on the wrist for their 3rd conviction. Typically it starts Diversion, then 10days  and then 30 days, and then maybe a year. They don't hardly serve 1/5th of their sentence.  

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Irricoir's picture

I see 100 times more of this, http://www.policeone.com/officer-misconduct-internal-affairs/articles/3737378-Report-NYPD-fixed-tickets-for-celebs/, than I do of grand standing or boasting in the public media about a celebrity arrest. Is the fact that an officer stops and arrests celebrety A, B or C going to be talked about by an officer at the water cooler or in the gym? You betcha, but the fact that I even meet said celebrity would be talked about my me or anyone for that matter, that was not accustomed to runnning into such a crowd. 

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Roger's picture

I'd prefer narcissistic behavior to illegal behavior. Those involved who swore to uphold the law should be prosecuted to the fullest extent for betraying their oath of service.

Irricoir's picture

Prosecute them for violating their Oath? What is their Oath? I want to know if you know what it is. Is it universal across all agencies nationwide? How much do you know about what they swear to? Prosecuting them for breaking the law I agree with whole heartedly. Terminate them if they act unethically. There should be no freebies given to officers that violate the law. I tell you this, they are held to a higher standard than you or I and often get zero leniency due to the fact they "should know better."  I have heard more than one judge utter those words when finding officers guilty of criminal behavior. I think a mans performance over his career might mitigate punishment based on the crime committed but I can't think of which crime that should apply to.

The more I read your comments, the more it sounds like "I want to stick it to the man because he has stuck it to me." It is hard for me to sympathize for you when you are so vengeful. I find myself trying not to reply to your comments and really hope the majority of folks don't feel the way that you do. I am sure there are a great number that do, but what a waste of a career it must be if you serve with pride and people that don't even know you, resent you because of what you wear and the job you do. For people capable of hating a man for that reason, you are no different than the haters that showed prejudice toward men and women in the past and no more right than they were. Every criminal needs to be held accountable for their actions regardless of proffession (LEO or Celebrity).

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Roger's picture

I haven't seen one uniform oath, but they do tend to contain the same elements (similar in form to the one suggested by the IACP). Upholding the constitution, representing the law without bias, and maintaining integrity seem to be common themes.

To respond to your assumptions: the man has never "stuck it to me". The worst I've ever had to defend myself in court against was a speeding ticket, and even then I had the charges thrown out. Fortunately, being a human being without severe ethical deficiencies allows me to empathize with those that are beaten, mistreated, misrepresented, railroaded, falsely imprisoned and (in some cases) summarily executed by corrupt LEOs. These things happen on a daily basis across multiple states and districts and are unacceptable in a "free" society.

I don't hate anyone in particular, but rather find a system that breeds murderers, batterers, arsons, rapists, et al to be repugnant. To recognize a trend is not tantamount to displaying bias.

The Stanley Jackson 5's picture

"Honestly the real story here is Omaha Nighthawks coach Joe Moglia shouldn't even be signing players like Maurice Clarett."

-Kirk Herbstreit

BuckeyeChief's picture

Really hoping to see him play this year vs. the Virginia Beach Destroyers this year.

 

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Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Always had love for MoC. He was one of the ONLY reasons we went undefeated and won the NCG. He made mistakes and has turned his life around. He will ALWAYS be a Buckeye. I'm w/you Jake. I got his back too!

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Morgan's picture

"he was one of the ONLY reasons we went undefeated."

i like that statement. very specifically vague.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

His play and efforts during the regular season kept us in games and/or won us games. And the numerous plays he made in the NCG speak for themselves. Besides the defense that season, he was our offense. Besides "Holy Buckeye" can you think of any other play that season that won us any games by any other offensive player?

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Pam's picture

Don't discount Craig Krenzel. He had more yds. rushing than anyone on BOTH teams in the NCG. The conversion on 4th and 14 was huge in OT as well.

Denny's picture

'CRAIG KRENZEL GOT DISCOUNTS FROM RUSSIANS?! ON WHAT???' - some guy with bad reading skills

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Pam's picture

Or SportsbyBrooks

Roger's picture

Then promptly removed the following day, along with banning anyone that commented on it.

Pam's picture

You too?  LOL I am banned from his site, facebook and twiiter. A trifecta of banishment

Roger's picture

Haha, yes maam. It's a common practice for him.

Pam's picture

Well, I did get in some pretty good licks before I got Das Boot.

Roger's picture

I can only imagine. He is incredibly thin-skinned.

Pam's picture

You know who else is?  Desmond Howard.  Booted me from his twitter when I called out his UM education.  Said a source wasn't "creditable"  and asked "which is worst?"  He said "credible" and "creditable" mean the same thing. 

GoBucks713's picture

Pam, he's probably mad because he has too many teeth, and you called him out on his grammar.

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Pam's picture

He is just dumb

GoBucks713's picture

He did go to Meatchicken. Wait.....did I spell that wrong?

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Roger's picture

Doesn't matter. The only people that would care can't tell the difference.

GoBucks713's picture

And i bet he uses the word "irregardless"

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Pam's picture

I do know he says "esactly" and "axe"

GoBucks713's picture

I always thought that it was spelled "aks"

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Irricoir's picture

I don't detract from what you say but Michael Jenkins made quite a few plays. There is no question that Mo C was the most dominant offensive player on that team. At least until the National Championship game. I wasn't so impressed with our offense in that game. Everytime I review that tape I am more and more amazed that we won that game. They were certainly stacking the box. The strip will always be classic.

 

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Normal Buck's picture

Almost definitely.

Irricoir's picture

I wouldn't say I got his back regardless of the events that took place but I am with you in my support for Moc C to continue to advance his life in a possitive direction. I wish this for all Buckeyes so that they can go on representing our team with pride.

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Irricoir's picture

The interesting thing about all of this is not so much the story but it is the people that attack or defend Mo C for their various reasons. You said it yourself that there are very little known facts about this case and the only information known comes from the accusation of Mo C. I support neither side in this and truthfully want to see justice served. If Mo C was not the owner of that money and it had something to do with Michael Clarett and his Heroin/Marijuana distribution then I am glad it was seized. If Mo C had his earnings from his stint in Omaha taken from him then I want to see that returned to him today, no more questions asked. The man worked hard for his money and deferred payment until the end of the year. ( to the best of my recollection off a previous article read)

The sad thing is the amount people that jump to conclusions and assume these conclusions as facts based off previous negative experiences or personal bias. With so little information all anyone can do is speculate what happened, why it happened and imagine a scenario running in both directions as to how all of this went down.

Those that seek the truth would wait and see before passing judgment on either side. Those that want to spread animosity, defame a mans rebuilding image, and contribute to additional commercial propaganda will not wait for that outcome. No, they will claim to know the truth and preach on it due to their motives and desire to project their personal inner turmoil in hope that others will align with their cause. This statement applies to proponents for both stances..

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

741's picture

I personally find OJ in the white Bronco (with fake beard disguise) being chased by the LAPD on live tv to be the most bizarre chase in sports history. Just sayin...

Denny's picture

I dunno it's pretty bizarre how Chase Utley's injury just won't go away. Such a bizarre Chase.

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BuckeyeSki's picture

What you just did there, I see it

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Chris Lauderback's picture

I was seconds away from posting a pretty bizarre looking chaise lounge chair but Denny was too quick with his wit. I assume it's because while he's out running marathons to keep his body/mind in shape, I'm stuffing myself with various toxins at a pretty alarming rate.

Denny's picture

Well now I really want to see this chair.

Also, ether binge.

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Nik's picture

wow, that IS bizarre.  Doesn't even look comfortable

BuckeyeSki's picture

I used to have one of those as a kid!

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Denny's picture

NICE.

That chair is like the hammock of chaises, but made of bamboo?

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741's picture

I am pleased greatly by this tangential thread.

Denny's picture

Quick what's the cosine of this thread jajajaja

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GoBucks713's picture

Is that 'The Gooch'??

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Luke's picture

Check out that chaise lmao

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

haha...that is awesome...and..just making a fun assumption..

 

but, irricoir, are you misusing adderall to sit on here and have fun? not to take anything away from you..rant on my man

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Irricoir's picture

I'm not sure what your implications are. I don't often get to talk Ohio State Football with many people where I live, as I am not in Ohio. I get it, that this topic although about a football player is, far from point on Ohio State. I just have a lot of pride in my home state and thought that the people there were above the prejudice that I see so often in the south. That is kind of the way I see this. When you judge one group or the other side based off of previous personal experiences or a history that they are recovering from then you fall into this realm. Just an opinion.

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Bucksfan's picture

Just got emailed from the Lantern.  Ray Small Tells All...Sold Memorabilia...

Sigh...sh*t just won't go away.

http://www.thelantern.com/campus/ray-small-tells-all-ex-buckeye-says-he-...

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Small doesn't have a grudge or anything.