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Monday, July 24, 2006
Today’s idiot former athlete award goes to former Gamecock D-lineman Moe Thompson. Read and laugh.
Former South Carolina defensive end Moe Thompson has sued the university for $300,000, claiming officials thwarted his chances of transferring -- and consequently a shot at the NFL -- after he was suspended from the team in 2005.
Thompson is serving five years probation after he pleaded guilty in October to two counts of attempted first-degree burglary and two counts of petit larceny. He and teammate Kevin Mainord went into dorm rooms in February 2005 and took TVs and a DVD player belonging to female students.
Thompson tried playing for Grambling State, but academic problems prevented him from taking the field.
Let’s recap. Moe plays for S.C. and decides that a future in the NFL isn’t enough, so he cases the girls’ dorm and makes off with some electronic gear. Moe gets caught, and, no doubt due to his status as an athlete, gets probation. Moe leaves Columbia and tries his hand at playing for Grambling, where they decide he can’t spell his own name, so that’s that.
Moe’s Take: I couldn’t help it. This is really not my fault. None of this would have happened if S.C. hadn’t been so mean to me.
My Take: Two words, Moe. Personal. Responsibility. It’s time to ‘fess up, admit that you have issues, and place blame where it belongs. With you. Then and only then can you get the help you need to get your life back on track. Until then, you will remain the poster boy for dumb jocks who think society owes them something.
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