Ever since the Ducks beat the Beavers in the December 3rd, everything has flown south. First, former Duck prospect Terrelle Pryor led a New Years Day beat down on the Ducks in the Rose Bowl. Next, Jeremiah Masoli, and Garrett Embry headlined the papers with theft accusations from Oregon Fraternity: Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Later that night, Rob Beard was curb-stomped his way to the Sacred Heart Emergency Room at Riverbend. As if all of that isn't enough, LaMichael James made the news this morning. And no, it wasn't because he topped Beavers Running Back Jaquizz Rodgers in another statistic, or because his spin moves made him one unstoppable freshman. James reportedly was arrested last night for fourth degree assault.
This domestic violence charge may very well contain a one year prison term. James has been in trouble with the law before. Back in his home of Texarkana, TX., James was arrested with charges of disorderly conduct and third-degree battery in June 2008. James's girlfriend filed the police report on the domestic violence misdemeanor. She said they got in a fight Tuesday, when he grabbed her neck and pushed her to the ground. And it wasn't just play fighting, she admits to have neck pains and of abrasions from him pushing her to the concrete parking lot.
Of course if James was your average Joe, everyday student, he would be sentenced to the one year in jail and serve his time as the law indicates. However, because he is an athlete, he will likely walk with minimal community service, an apology, and a little publicity. Anyone hear anything about the Masoli story since it happened? I live a few blocks away from where the incident occurred, and even I haven't heard anything—and I've been looking for the current news.
Athlete trouble is kept quiet across the nation. It's hard to put these role models on a pedestal, if they're repeatedly in trouble with the law. Like Masoli, James' story will likely be hushed up and he will start week one vs New Mexico along side new recruit Lache Seastrunk—a five star running back from James's home state of Texas.
Seastrunk will give James all the competition he can handle, and the duo will look to recreate the effectiveness Jonathan Stewart and Jeremiah Johnson had in the 2007 season. The 2010 combination will look to run their way to another Pac-10 Championship, and possibly a rematch in Tempe against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2011 National Championship Game. But for now, everyone can only watch to see where the next few weeks bring Jeremiah Masoli and LaMichael James as far as the Eugene Police Department is concerned.