Football Recruiting: Holmes Fights Against Long Odds, Perceptions

By Jeremy Birmingham on September 17, 2013 at 7:00p
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There are few places in the United States that have a higher violent crime rate than Norfolk, Virginia. It's a city rife with gangs and guns and the way out is often in a pine box or a prison cell. In fact, as a resident of Norfolk, you've got a 1-in-17 chance of being a victim of violent or property crimes. It's an area filled with despair and a murder rate almost three times higher than the national average, with robbery rates more than twice the national average as well. Jalyn Holmes knows about the stats, and he knows that he's one of the lucky ones, a kid from Norfolk with the chance to leave on his own accord and with a chance to make himself into a positive story for a community more known for its tragedies.

"If I wasn't playing football, I would probably be doing a lot of foolish things," Holmes told Eleven Warriors.  "I'm very lucky to have my parents always keeping me on a straight line, a straight path. Football has always kept me level-headed and focused. This area is tough, there's so many gangs, neighborhood shootings and all that. I see friends locked up or dead to the streets, it's not an easy life."

Unfortunately for Holmes, two weeks ago — during a nationally televised game against nationally-ranked Oscar Smith High School — he appeared to lose control of that level-headed approach for a single second. It was a moment that has changed how people viewed the nation's fourth-ranked defensive end, and not for the better. A decision that he's been widely-scrutinized for and deservedly so. Holmes after knocking down an opposing player, was ejected from the game for what looked like an attempt to kick the grounded player.

"I know how it looked on TV and to the officials, and I know that people think I am a dirty player because of it," Holmes said of the incident. "Honestly, I was just trying to step over him because he was on the ground in front of me as I tried to run the play down, but he was really long and I stepped on his facemask. When the officials ejected me I was just really confused because my intention was never to hit him. "

Intentional or not, Holmes becomes the poster boy for anyone wishing to apply lifelong labels to someone for a momentary mistake. He's heard some nasty things and whether he will freely admit it to most, he says it's impossible to not let it bother him.

"People call me some nasty stuff," he said of the reaction since the incident. "I've been told I was a gangbanger, a thug, a criminal. People are telling me that I am going to end up in jail like my cousin. He's 18 years old and in prison for robbery and abduction. I reached out to the guy I stepped on, unfortunately he has been posting stuff on Instagram calling me out too. I tried to apologize to him but he's not wanting to hear it yet. I know it makes people think I'm a certain way."

Realizing how he's being perceived, the onus falls squarely on Holmes to change his reputation. The biggest piece of the puzzle, he says, is having the support of his Lake Taylor coaches, teammates and fellow students; as well as the support from his future coaches at Ohio State.

"I have apologized to my coaches, my teammates, and the students at my school that I work with. I've been working to do anything I can on the scout team to help out during my suspension," Holmes added. "I feel horrible being on the sideline watching the game instead of helping them win, but they know who I am and they realize I am not the type of person to get kicked out of a game and hurt our team. I know that I am learning a lesson from this happening and I have to get ready to come back and be a better person after this is over. I've talked to Coach (Urban) Meyer and Coach (Mike) Vrabel and both of them basically just said to keep my head up, to keep focused and make sure who I am shines through when this is over, they have been very supportive."

One person that Holmes felt the need to apologize to was his friend Stacy, a special needs child that he's grown close to through a program at his school. Initially designed to be a program to help the children who needed assistance, Holmes insists he's the one that's gained the most from the developing friendship.

Holmes is finding the positivesHolmes is the nation's fourth-ranked defensive end

"I've been active in this special needs assistance program since the beginning of last year," he said of how he was introduced to Stacy. "Basically we were there to help them get exercise, to help them get from class to class, and honestly he's grown on me. When I hang out with Stacy I forget about the suspension, forget about my troubles and the negative things people are saying about me. One thing I've noticed about him is that he never judges me, he loves everyone for who they are. He supports me to the fullest."

Jalyn Holmes is a good kid. A good kid who made a mistake on the football field that will serve as a reminder to him always make better decisions. He has seen briefly how a life without football could end up, he has seen how quickly life and opportunities can disappear. He's seen the blessings of being a healthy, happy and talented kid while so many others struggle to get by in a town that seems to be getting worse by the month. Jalyn Holmes realizes that football is a gift, and he realizes that it's a way to bigger and brighter things. He's a student-athlete with a GPA approaching 3.0 and a desire to be more than just a football player. He's a humble guy that doesn't like talking about himself, but recognizes that he's in the spotlight for now and the foreseeable future.

That spotlight is one Holmes will relish and he will be a part of for the right reasons. Lesson learned.

"I'm a pretty quiet guy," Holmes said of himself and where things are heading. "I don't want people talking about me other than talking about how I'd take a bullet for my team, for my guys. That's all I am going to focus on, getting better and being a better teammate and person moving forward."

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sharks's picture

Two thoughts:
1. No way that was an accident.  Missed opportunity to man up and admit a mistake.
2. Kudos to 11W for giving him a chance to tell his side; unfortunately, see 1.

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OSU069's picture

I think it's possible that it could have been an accident. However, it looks pretty bad. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.

skid21's picture

I agree with Sharks. The worst possible thing to do is try to make yourself look like the victim. I can understand losing your temper, I've even done it once or twice...or maybe more, but don't make excuses. That part concerns me.

Scott's picture

Agreed. The First Law of Holes: when you find yourself in one, stop digging. In time he will realize that it's better to simply accept and admit his mistakes, apologize, and move forward. Acting otherwise will only exacerbate the problem.

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Gray Box's picture

Jalyn's current team and his future team:

Larryp713's picture

I honestly want to give him the benefit of the doubt, but that looked pretty bad. It was tough to know for sure, and it is certainly not the worst thing I have ever seen on a high school football field. Hopefully it was a teachable moment. I also am grateful for 11W reaching out to a future Buckeye.

Respectfully,

Larryp713

dubjayfootball90's picture

good article. Very good read

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Where are you guys seeing this?  I looked all over and didn't see a video posted...

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Nick's picture

Watched the game live and didn't look good but won't hold it against him. He showed he is a great player and Mike Vrabel will turn him into a man. 

BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

Kids make mistakes. He will learn from it. Excited to have Jalyn be part of the fam. He's gonna be a good one. 

fanatibuck's picture

Hey guys I have brought up his videos on youtube, but can not find the infamous play. Can someone link please?

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buckeyedude's picture

I've made my share of mistakes.  Life is full of them and nobody is immune. It's how we react to those mistakes that matters. Hopefully this was just a one time deal.
Just an idea: how about apologizing to the player in question, Jalyn? Even if it wasn't intentional, would it hurt you to apologize anyway? A real man knows how to say, "I'm sorry."

 
 

lsjSnail's picture

He tried, the kid said he didn't want to hear it apparently.

fanatibuck's picture

Buckeyedude did you read the whole article? Jalyn has said he has tried to apologize. The victim is not feelin' it. What more can Jalyn do? I am in the young man's corner. BTW I am still looking for video evidence that this was not an accident. It appears some of the posters in this thread swear that Jalyn did this intentionally. 

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Ethos's picture

So in other words you didn't read the article 

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buckeyedude's picture

never mind. I did read the article. I think an apology in person would have been better than an attempt on instagram. That would be more sincere, I believe.
BTW, I give the kid kudos for helping Stacy. That is a very honoralbe thing. I wish him nothing but the best and hope it doesn't happen again.

 
 

SoDakBuckeyeFan's picture

He said in the article that he's tried to apologize to the other player and that he doesn't want to hear what Jalyn has to say. Sounds like a good kid that just let his emotions get the best of him for a split second. Hope he can learn from this and become a better player and person for it. The hotter the fire the harder the steel. 

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Apparently I'm slow on a keyboard. 

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zbd's picture

He needs to read about Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions to know that officials will not put up with that stuff. 

BTBuckeye's picture

I watched the game and I couldnt get a good look at the actual "incident". The kid has his helmet on and wasnt injured. Not really sure what to think of this other then I hope he learned his lesson.

he looks like Spence out there but he needs to pick up the effort level at times.

best of luck jalyn. Keep grinding towards your goals.

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If Jalyn makes it through the hell Marotti is soon to put him through, his effort level will be just fine.

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Poison nuts's picture

I was watching the game but turned it off after a while. Didn't see a lot of Jalyn making too many plays & lost interest as that's why I tuned in I missed it live. But I'd seen the video of the incident & it certainly looked bad. I can only give the benefit of the doubt on this one - everyone is entitled to a second chance & from appearances, he seems like a good kid. It sounds like he's remorseful so that's a good thing. I hope the lesson is learned...

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Like BTBUCKEYE and Poison Nuts, my issue was with the effort and, specifically, taking plays off when they ran away from him. Seems like he got frustrated when their offense turned the ball over and then looked out of sorts on D. Great physical attributes, though, and will get coached up on skills he's probably neglected at the high school level.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

If none of you guys can provide a link to a video documenting the infraction, then if Jalyn says he was walking over the guy and stepped on him by mistake, we have to give him the benefit of the doubt in my mind.  Jayln tried to take the high road and reach out and apologize to the individual, but apparently that guy decided to take the low road, rejecting the apology and making snarky comments.  It might be a blessing in disguise if there is a bit of an anger issue that can be addressed before he starts college.  Sounds like he is basically a good kid from a tough neighborhood, an elite athlete in a sport that rewards aggression, a tough balancing act.  I'm rooting for him to have a great academic and athletic experience at tOSU and hope he excels on and off the field.

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hit_the_couch's picture

Really? Norfolk isn't even on the top 100 worst places list with 25,000 + population. It is a military town though, and i've lived in enough of them to know they're typically not nice places, but it's not Compton or Flint. Hell, one list I saw Miami Beach was ranked ahead of Norflok.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

According to the site I researched on, Norfolk is safer than 6-percent of American cities. Sorry for the "reach." You're right, it seems like a vacation destination for sure.

hit_the_couch's picture

Never said it was nice or a vacation destination. I'm sure it has some dumpy zip codes, what city doesn't. Va Beach is like 20 minutes from there if you're looking to kick back though. 
 6 % of American cities is like 130 places, and the majority of crime and population tends to be centered in a smaller percentage of places/ cities. Thanks for overlooking my point though. Other than that, the article's not bad. You remember to keep on keepin' on.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

bucks_4_life's picture

sounds like someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed...

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hit_the_couch's picture

Whoops, I left a 0 off. That should read 1300 places. Silly me, I should have never went to JC.
I guess I should stop being grumpy and telling the truth/ being honest. It seems to be frowned upon these days, sorry guys.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Lawver_5's picture

By your numbers that means about 20,000 other cities in the US ARE safer than Norfolk. Just because it isn't the most dangerous city doesn't automatically make it a great place to live.

VBBuckeye's picture

I currently reside in Norfolk and it isn't that bad. It's no Compton, that's for sure. It has good and bad areas just like any other city. Judging by all the out of state plates down here every Summer it is a vacation destination. Virginia Beach is only 20 minutes away and it's teeming with Pennsylvanians and Canadians all Summer!

buckeyefanatic's picture

I've worked there for years, on and off ... I was really surprised to hear it described the way it was.  Seems like a small, sort of dumpy town populated by a lot of military.  I'm not bashing it, I'm there a lot with Newport News as well.  Just surprised.

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Keith's picture

I was surprised with the Norfolk stuff as well.  I go there at least 2 a year for work and don't get the feeling it's rife with crime whatsoever.  
Also, I think I've eaten at half the places on Granby St.  :)

CHESAPEAKE-VA-BUCK's picture

We eat and shop on Granby St. all the time, it is a safe area in Norfolk, and to tell you the truth Norfolk has gotten a lot better than it was 20 years ago. I live in Chesapeake, near the border with Virginia Beach, all of the cities in this area are considered “Hamptonroads” Norfolk is like any other big city with areas of high crime. If you live in this area you know where the areas are and avoid them. In the Hamptonroads area, Newport News and Portsmouth are much worst as far as crime go.

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BuckeyeChief's picture

I love me some Doumars! Where do you watch games? I am usually at home, finally getting Fios today for the BTN.

 

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CHESAPEAKE-VA-BUCK's picture

BUCKEYECHIEF-Yes! You can't beat Doumars, one of our family's favorite spots. I sometimes go out with my son to the buffalo wild wings on Greenbrier (I live right around the corner). I've been to Tangos a few times in the past. But mostly I'm at home like you. I seen you post before, what command are you at. I got out of the Navy in '91 after six years and now I work at NNSY in the engineering dept for code 246, currently on the Ike.  I got Fios a few years ago when cox wouldn't carry the B1G, when I turned in my DVR to Cox, they asked me why I quit them and I told them because they did not have the B1G network. 

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BuckeyeChief's picture

Nice; my niece works at that BW3's...I have been to Tangos but never for a game. What are your plans for "The Game"?

 

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CHESAPEAKE-VA-BUCK's picture

I have not thought that far in advance yet. The last two years I've been at my house watching it with my eight year old. Tangos is nuts during a game, any OSU game.  I sometimes get together with one of my friends that was in the Navy with me, he grew up in C-bus and is a huge fan (like us all). He got out after nine years as an EW and is currently a detective with the Chesapeake police dept. He likes d-buds too, next time I'm going to the one on Greenbrier I'll have to let you know. Ok, after all that do you have plans?

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BuckeyeChief's picture

Not sure, probably the house. My niece is having her son's b-day party at my house...told my wife it was cool on any day but that one!

 

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CHESAPEAKE-VA-BUCK's picture

A true Buckeye Fan!

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VBBuckeye's picture

Upvote for Doumar's! Mmmm.... Taylor Pork Roll!

buckeye_heart's picture

I know this is about the same place Allen Iverson grew up (Hampton) and if anyone watched his 30 for 30 it wasn't a great place to grow up.

ECBeastor's picture

Yeah Norfolk is nowhere near as bad as a place like Cleveland which tOSU recruits heavily from.
FBI crime stats show Norfolk has 509 violent crimes and 14 murders per 100,000.
Every major city in Ohio has nearly twice the violent crime as Norfolk:
Akron 887 violent crimes and 12 murders per 100K, Cincy 975/16, Cleveland 1,384/21, Dayton 974/17, Toledo 1,172/14.
Heck even Richmond is more dangerous than Norfolk with 649 violent crimes and 20 murders per 100,000 people.  

Oyster's picture

What was the point of the OSU recruiting comment?

Scott's picture

I get what you're saying, but I don't think that alters Birm's point: Jalyn is growing up and living in a more dangerous part of his city where opportunities are few. The crimes that make cities dangerous are often concentrated in pockets, so even if someone lives in a relatively safe city, they could still live in a very dangerous neighborhood. Yes, similar--and even worse--neighborhoods can be found in Ohio's cities, but that doesn't trivialize Jalyn's position or the plight of his neighborhood.

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

It's clear to anyone who watches the video that Jalyn lost his temper for a moment, my "role" here is to give him a chance to tell his story. As with most incidents like this, it's embarrassed him as a person and he's had a difficult time with it. That said, I've spoken to Jalyn a number of times and he's a respectful, decent, kind kid - clearly he made a mistake and is hoping to get past it. He's reached out to the player he hit, but it's not been cleared up because the other kid hasn't allowed it to be, which is his right as well.

Larryp713's picture

Thanks, Jeremy. I don't think very many people commenting here have ever met Jalyn, and I feel better after reading this interview and hearing your impression.

Respectfully,

Larryp713

skid21's picture

Thanks for the post but it is really hard to tell with this other that the fact he wasn't trying to "step over him". I agree with the poster above that I'm most concerned he isn't owning up to whatever he did (looks like a deliberate kick). That shows more of a lack of character than the actual event.

ScarletGray43157's picture

I've got to agree that it shows good character if one simply admits a mistake and ask for forgiveness and moves on instead of trying to explain things away questionably.  He still has a chance to change his story; the video casts doubt on his current explanation.  

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gobucks96's picture

He's a kid who made a mistake on a national stage.. Cut him a little slack and allow him to learn from the it and learn how to handle his way of making amends. That said, it was big a mistake and you only get a small number of those types of mistakes. More likely, just one. He burned the mulligan in my book.

Scott's picture

... Ok he definitely knew what he was doing there.

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fanatibuck's picture

Thanks for the video post Buckeyeguy. I will have to admit I can see what other posters are saying. It doesn't look good. He was staring right at the kid when he did it and looking malicious. Oh well, hopefully he learns that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated and if he does not change (meaning this type of behavior can lead to more lethal endeavors) he will end up like many of his hometown brethren in prison or 6 feet under. 

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MN Buckeye's picture

 It was a poor decision, but no one was injured, and his high profile as a OSU commit makes the situation even more magnified. I say let Jalyn move forward with his life, and I will continue to welcome him to the Buckeye family. 

BuckeyeChief's picture

I've never been a big Norfolk fan though some spots are better then others. I don't know if I'd say it is better or worse then Columbus.
Good luck Mr. Holmes; I will pull for Lake Taylor unless they play Salem/ Green Run.

 

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

"I don't know if I'd say it is better or worse then Columbus". Seriously?  Columbus is a big city with some urban areas, but is one of the most white collar, prosperous cities in the country.  With all of the affluent suburbs, high tech, research and big businesses, parks, theaters, museums, German Village, the Arena District, the University, the Short North, Cooper Arena, Red White and Boom, the Arnold Classic etc etc etc .... please.  As John McEnroe would say:

You cannot be serious!

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BuckeyeChief's picture

Sorry for not fully explaining; I meant the crime infested areas. Not debating or comparing the highlights.

 

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fanatibuck's picture

hmmm.............there seems to be some concerns that Jalyn takes plays off. I seriously doubt Urban would have accepted a commitment from a  kid that takes plays off and is a head case. What gives Jeremy?

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gumtape's picture

I think i will give the staff the benefit of the doubt when it comes to recruiting defensive linemen.
i am surprised that the national media has not figured out a way to blame urban meyer for this.

just another psycho, irrational, delusional Ohio St fan

fanatibuck's picture

LOL! For real GUMTAPE!! Remember he coddles THUGS like Hernandez! LOL!

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jaxbuckeye's picture

Having been young and having youngsters myself, my guess is that his quick reaction was that it was an accident.  At that point he had to go with it, just like a kid would do with their parents.  Once you've denied, you deny to the end.  Obviously it's not something you like to see but it's also not the worst I've seen either.  Hopefully he never forgets it and uses it to influence his future behavior.  I wouldn't say it's bad enough to cut ties, but it's certainly equity for Urban to keep him in line.

skid21's picture

Very good point. While I was disappointed in his reaction I think he can learn from this. Maybe his whole life denial worked but now he has learned that owning up is what being a man is about.  I think this is an opportunity for him to be a better man in the future. I think the coaches will help him in that effort.

buckz4evr's picture

If he doesn't have a history of dirty play, I am giving him the benefit of the doubt.  I have no reason to NOT believe him.

skid21's picture

" I have no reason to NOT believe him."
Ummm...have you seen the video?

buckz4evr's picture

Yes I watched the video, and the video evidence was inconclusive because his foot was off the screen.  Holmes said he stepped on his facemask trying to avoid him. 
Again, if he doesn't have a history of unsportsmanlike conduct, I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt. 
Why would he kick a guy he just leveled?  Doesn't add up.

USMC11917's picture

"I swear judge I knocked him down with my car but I did not mean to run over him."  Yup, makes no sense to me either. I mean the video is pretty clear to me and I am bias to believe him!

Why would he just kick a guy he leveled?

He shoved the guy down from behind. Leveling, I think not.

Lawver_5's picture

Just because it might FEEL like getting hit by a car, comparing Jayln knocking someone down on the football field and someone running a person over in their car probably isn't a most accurate comparison..

USMC11917's picture

E+R=O Jalyn. Don't begrudge Buckeye Nation for not believing your version when we have the video as proof. It is alright to admit you lost your temper. Part of becoming a man is owning your actions. Accountability is what separates men from boys. You are still welcome and wanted. We need you to be the above described guy.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

He's 17. Lets slow down with the "man up" stuff.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

USMC11917's picture

So you don't start learning to be a man until you actually become one? ok...Mistakes happen.

Oyster's picture

You learn everything at the stroke of midnight when you are 17 years, 364 days, 23 hours and 59 seconds.  It's called an epiphany!

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

When you've done something wrong - it isn't clear that telling the truth, in the end, is the best route.  The best thing to do, shut up, let your future actions speak louder than your mouth, and never do something like that again!!!

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

To me a psychologist or a sociologist could write an abstract about how peoples perceptions based on a supplied assertion, in this case "a player was ejected for kicking another player", causes them to "fill in the missing pieces" to fit the fact (this happens in the courtroom all the time, and I won't get into the ethnicity factors of our justice system, let's just focus on perception).   If any of you really think the video is conclusive evidence that this young man "kicked" the opposing player, I think you are seeing something I am not.  It may or may not be the case, but the video in itself is far from conclusive IMHO.  Then again, maybe MY inclinations are causing me not to see the infraction.  We may have to agree to disagree ... regardless, hope Mr. Holmes becomes a better person for all of this and nothing but best wishes directed his way.

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AndyVance's picture

Thank you for putting my thoughts into words, Scarlet, because I, too, am having trouble seeing what others are so fervently pronouncing. Did the video "look good?" No, of course not. But can I discern from a below-average-quality video clip the content of a young man's heart and character, his intentions and what he truly believes happened during that moment? Absolutely not.
If I were on a jury and had to decide, did he do it on purpose, I'd have reasonable doubts, for sure. And I couldn't agree more with the distinguished gentleman above who said we should call cool it with the "man up" stuff. If he truly believes it was unintentional (even if he intended to knock the kid down, which is not a big deal at all in the context of a ballgame), there is no valor in admitting to doing something he didn't mean to do.

buckz4evr's picture

That's exactly what I was trying to say.  Thanks

Balkestud's picture

cmon guy! well behind the play he goes after the guy and hits him in the back and he goes to the ground..he then accelerates into the guy, like a kicker kicking off, while bringing his jeft\lower leg back like he is booting a soccerball..you must be a defense lawyer or something..I couldn't care less about the incident but lets not say something ridiculous like that just cause he is a commit

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buckz4evr's picture

He also was stumbling after he hit the guy in the back blocked the kid. 

buckskin's picture

I am most concerned about his refusal to take responsibility for his actions.  That was clearly intentional.  The guy is a top ranked player that lost it.  Own it, we all screw up. 

Lumpy Rutherford's picture

Watched the video. I disagree with most comments - to me it looks entirely possible he WAS trying to avoid stepping on the guy. And if in fact that is the truth then there is nothing else to "man up" about.

Buckabroad's picture

Jalyn Holmes is a great kid and a fantastic football player. The strength of his character is beyond question and he will set a good example on and off the gridiron for all Buckeyes in the years to come at OSU. It was a moment of anger which we all have experienced at some point on the field. He has been suspended, end of story. I, for one, cannot wait to see Jalyn suit up in the Scarlet & Grey.

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hail2victors9's picture

I agree that it's not 100% conclusive one way or the other.  From that clip, though, it looks like he plants his right foot hard into the turf and sort of winds up his left and brings it through.  We can't see any contact or the other player's reaction, so it's going to be an inference either way. 

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Breakawayspeed's picture

I think he took a bad angle and he needs a little more follow through on the kick.

osubuck57's picture

Graduated from Maury High School in Norfolk,Va in 91 and Norfolks' reputation is earned. Lots of military, especially Navy, with Naval College their as well. Has lots of troubled areas with a few decent or nice areas. Race riots broke out in Virginia Beach my junior year. Not too many pleasant memories from their.

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irishfury's picture

He is a young kid.  When I was his age something like this could have happened and how I interpret it in my own head would also lead me to believe I did nothing wrong.  
He will learn from this and be fine.

buckz4evr's picture

Oh for the good ole days when players hid razor blades in their uni's to be used during the appropriate pile up.  sigh.