IU Insider Blog: Thoughts on the arrests

I'm not trying to give Yogi Ferrell or Stanford Robinson a free ride here by any stretch, but I also think people need to take a step back here and take a deep breath and gain a little perspective. Read on for my thoughts on the arrests of the IU players early Friday morning.

The timing was bad.

And yes, basketball players that represent Indiana University should know better than to find themselves in trouble on Little Five weekend when State Excise police officers will be out in force in the City of Bloomington.

But I also think all of the people who are trying to make a huge deal out of the arrests of Yogi Ferrell and Stanford Robinson early Friday morning, need to take a step back and take a deep breath.

I've heard from emailers and people on Twitter that Yogi's leadership qualities have clearly been now put into question. I've heard that this is clearly a black stain on IU's white linen. I've heard that first it was Hanner Mosquera-Perea and now, not that long after, Ferrell and Robinson are in trouble, too.

And while I'm not excusing the behavior, I would like to remind people to take a long look in the mirror and think back to the way you behaved as a 19 or 20-year-old college student. My guess is you did something during your college years that would rival what happened here. If not, you certainly have a friend or friends who had a similar experience.

Now the disappointing thing is that these guys are constantly reminded of how they are the face of the IU basketball program and how in many ways they are held to a much higher standard than normal IU students.

And because of that one point alone, you can make a pretty good argument that things like this just shouldn't happen.

The fact that Yogi direct tweeted a member of our AllHoosiers.com staff (Nathan Brown) and denied any wrongdoing on Friday morning is also disappointing. How a public figure who plays basketball at Indiana could think that he could be in public and have handcuffs put on him and no one would have recognized him is a little bit beyond me.

I've told Nathan this in the last 24 hours and I really believe it, too. I can't believe that with various people having said they saw Yogi in handcuffs that night that someone didn't shoot a quick video of it. In today's day and age that seems like the first thing most people do. At the very least snap a picture with your phone. But I haven't seen any of those circulating around and again, I just think that's remarkable.

Still, I come back to the same place where I was at the beginning of this column.

Yes, Yogi and Stanford should have known better. Yes, they should have made better decisions. And absolutely they should have realized that as athletes who are held to a higher standard that the consequences could be great.

But they're still two kids who are not yet 21, one is a freshman and the other is a sophomore, and their acts, while not very smart, really were not major problems either.

Perhaps this is coming from a father who has two boys ages 23 and 20. Perhaps it's coming from the perspective of a college part-time professor who sees young people of this age every single day. Maybe I've just become numb to it all.

I just think people need to take a deep breath and blow this too far out of proportion.

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