The reserve defensive tackle was issued a speeding ticket in Fond du Lac (Wis.) County during Labor Day weekend when the Green Bay Packers were given a few days off. Cole, 28, was cited for driving 88 mph in a 65-mph zone.
OK, Cole appears to be a lead-footed driver. No big deal. He can afford the fine, so just shut up and pay it and move on, but no. That wasn't good enough for Cole, who was begging for preferential treatment, instead.
He proceeded to tell a sheriff's department deputy that he didn't think he was driving so fast. Cole also reportedly was shocked to have received the speeding ticket after he tried to talk his way out of it by offering to show an ID card to prove that he is an NFL player. He reportedly told the officer that 'he gets stopped all the time in Green Bay and doesn't get a ticket because he plays for the Green Bay Packers.'
To his credit, the officer didn't totally break down laughing and told Cole, 'We don't give warnings at 88 mph.' Especially to a member of a defensive line that couldn't slow down his grandmother, right?
Kidding aside, good for the officer and let's hope that sends a message to other Packers and NFL players that they shouldn't try to use their celebrity status to squirm out of a problem. There's no doubt here and everywhere that star football athletes and athletes from other pro or college sports have successfully used their celebrity status to stiff-arm tickets and keep out of the police blotter. But what kind of message does that send to the rest of us? It's ridiculous.
It's not that Cole can't afford the ticket. He just wants to save the embarrassment of the public humility. Well, guess what? He's getting shamed anyway because he was too stubborn to take his medicine right away.
It's difficult to feel sorry for people who don't get it. Cole received a citation for speeding and he should have gotten another one for whining at double the rate.
Enough already with celebrities abusing their status. Apparently the cop felt the same way, which is a breath of fresh air.
Todd Korth writes for PackerReport.com and Packer Report magazine. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.