This week another player from Pete Carroll's football program found himself in trouble with the law. Former USC defensive end Frostee Rucker is now in the pros (drafted by the Bungles from Cincy). So he technically is no longer associated with Pom Pom's football program. Yet he is in trouble now because of his actions while he was playing for Pom Pom. And this is serious. He is in trouble because of allegations of domestic abuse:
Rucker, who was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round of the NFL draft in April, was charged on Tuesday, said Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the city attorney's office. Mateljan said Rucker's former girlfriend filed the complaint a few months after an incident that allegedly occurred at a party last August.
Mateljan said the woman suffered minor injuries during the incident, and that her cellphone and Blackberry were damaged.
If convicted, Rucker, 22, faces up to one year in jail for each of the battery charges and six months for each of the vandalism charges, Mateljan said.
Well at this point it is too easy to pick on Peter Carroll out of control thuggish program. The police blotter involving Trojans is not normal. Not every program has this kind of rap sheet (BTW M needs to update that rapsheet). There is clearly a problem at USC and Carroll is not helping himself when he appears so casual and trivial about his athlete's trouble. Instead of worrying about his athletes following the letter of the law, he worries about them not missing a game. And the media lapdogs in LA are doing nothing to call him out on it.
Now that all said right now we also have issues on our end. Sure our rap sheet is nothing like Trojan's police blotter. But we also have a problem too. Don't forget Karl Dorrell hired a football coach who had a history with spousal abuse. Yeah the Bruins who are pointing out to Rucker should not forget about the track record of UCLA's current TE and Special Teams coach John Wristen:
Wristen swatted his 4-year-old son's thigh and elbowed the child in the chest area, according to a police report. He then put his wife in a headlock as she tried to leave, according to the report.
Police arrested Wristen on suspicion of four misdemeanor charges: harassment, child abuse, false imprisonment and third-degree assault. In a deal with prosecutors, Wristen pleaded guilty to the assault charges, according to court records.
We know most of the Trojans are morally corrupt and they will justify anything in the name of football championships and wins. Most of them do not care about accountability. But we should be above that. It's too bad Dorrell chose to bring in individuals with that kind of track record into Westwood. This is why he makes it so hard to respect him as the head coach of UCLA football.