Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Did CBJ Make the Right Call on Doster?

It was announced a few days ago that CBJ decided to suspend RB Jermaine Doster for one year following misdemeanor charges against him outside a Tampa Bay nightclub where he apparently was uncooperative with police and kicking out the back window of a cruiser in which he'd been placed.

We had already polled VSL nation on this topic, and most of us felt that a 1 to 3 game suspension was warranted for this event. More thought the matter should be handled internally. Some felt that suspension for the year was warranted.

Doster has no criminal record that I'm aware of and based on the information that's been released he has never been in violation of team rules or been a discipline problem. As far as we know, this is an isolated incident. I understand the need to hold ourselves to a higher standard than the rest of the SEC in terms of player academics and behavior, but this time I think CBJ went too far. I, for one, think that even a suspension for 1-3 games is too light, and would think that a 6 game suspension would be much more appropriate. But to suspend Doster for the entire year I believe is overkill. The kid loses a year of eligibility for something that would get you maybe 2 or 3 games at any other SEC school. There has to be some sort of middle ground.

What do you think VSL nation? Am I wrong?

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