There's not a lot of definitive commentary in that statement, though clearly Moos has been swayed by facts that are not yet public. What little is known at this point tells us the actions of Pullman Police were outrageous.
There's no arguing that smoking pot isn't a good idea. And for Casto to be engaging, given the troubles teammates Klay Thompson and Reggie Moore have run into this season, makes it even more nonsensical.
But Moos' decision today is absolutely the right one. No, he's not condoning the consumption of marijuana. He's standing up for basic American rights. The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution guards against unreasonable searches and seizures. It requires a warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause.
Casto was all by himself, in his home, just hours removed from the Cougars' win over Oklahoma State, and not bothering anybody.
Suddenly, the police are at his door and he's in trouble.
Were his rights read to him? Did have any idea he didn't have to let the police in his home?
The guess here is that the answer to both is no.
The cynical will charge that Moos is lifting the suspension solely to get the Cougars a win tonight against Northwestern and a subsequent trip to Madison Square Garden for the NIT final four. Moos will no doubt take heat from these folks.
We call BS. Moos has a track record of looking at all sides of an issue, be it discipline or facilities or marketing campaigns, before he stakes out a final position. He doesn't act in haste and he sure as heck doesn't skirt rules with a win-at-all-cost-mentality.
The Pullman Police were so out of line with Casto that the city and university ought to demand a full audit of the department's operations, procedures and training. This was an amateur hour incident that never should have happened. It's an embarrassment to the city that reinforces the broader, long-held perception of incompetence in the force.
No, Casto shouldn't be messing with weed. But first and foremost, he's protected by the Fourth Amendment. And Bill Moos did exactly the right thing today.
FOR INSIGHT FROM CASTO'S ATTORNEY, HEAD TO THE CF.C FRONT PAGE.