|05-19-2006, 12:57 AM||#1|
Join Date: May 2006
Drew's Arrest Kept Under Wraps Pre-draft
Kudos to everyone involved in keeping under wraps the arrest of UCLA running back Maurice Drew only six days before the April 29 draft.
Including, apparently, the relevant law enforcement authorities.
As it turns out, Drew was busted with Bears corner Ricky Manning, Jr. on April 23 after a man allegedly had the crap beat and/or kicked out of him at a Denny's restaurant in Westwood, the site of the UCLA campus. Previous reports indicated that the incident was sparked after a group of men started to make fun of the alleged victim for working on a laptop.
We're also assuming that the media was in some way complicit in keeping Drew's pre-draft arrest under wraps, given that the AP story announcing the fact that Drew has been charged with assault grossly glosses over the fact that Drew was originally arrested at the same time that Manning got busted.
Word of Drew's potential involvement was churning through the NFL rumor mill in the days preceding the draft, but the prevailing school of thought was that Drew had nothing to do with the incident.
The end result? Drew was drafted in round two, by the Jaguars. He most likely would have gone later if the arrest had been disclosed.
The winners? Drew, obviously. But another guy who'll make out is the alleged victim, since he'll now likely be able to get even more money from Drew through the civil justice system for injuries sustained as a result of the incident.
|05-19-2006, 12:59 AM||#2|
Persona Non Grata
Join Date: Jan 2003