Sunday, May 14, 2006

Ramonceing the Stoned

Just when the Texas Longhorns were having all kinds of fun rubbing salt in the USC wounds over the Trojans recent troubles one their own has fallen from grace.

Sheriff's deputies were responding to a report of a fight involving over 100 people at a pecan farm (I guess that’s where they go to throw down around Austin) where Longhorn’s running back Ramonce Taylor was reportedly involved.

Apparently Taylor’s car window was busted out during the altercation so he did the only logical thing any guy who had just been involved in a gang fight would do. He called the police!

Deputies met up with Taylor at a convenience store where they learned, from officers who were at the scene of the fight, that Taylor was involved and had threatened to return with a gun. In his attempt to prove to officers that he was unarmed he gave permission for his vehicle to be searched.

“No officer I don’t have a gun. Look in the car if you want. I only have a backpack loaded with marijuana.”

The deputies found about five pounds of Mary Jane in the backpack and Taylor was arrested and charged with state jail felony drug possession of marijuana, pending lab results to determine the total weight of the drug, the sheriff's office said.

If it weighs more than five pounds, the charge will be upgraded to a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in jail and $10,000 in fines. A state jail felony carries up to two years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

I wonder if this is what Mac Brown had in mind when he dismissed Taylor from spring practice to focus on his academics. Apparently his major was distribution and he was behind in production.

"We are aware of this recent situation and will follow it as the legal system runs its course. At this time, we will not consider reinstating him to the team," Brown said. Taylor scored 15 touchdowns last season, including a 30-yard scoring run in the Rose Bowl.

I can't wait for the arraignment, I can see it now. How do you plead Mr Taylor? Enter Mack Brown, "I'll answer that one for Ramonce"!