Ouch. Yeatman is suspended for the season.
“You can say William Yeatman is a sad kid,” Bonnie Yeatman, Will’s mother, said early Wednesday, according to the Chicago Tribune. “That’s the truth.”
I was guessing that this would be the result, but hoping it would not.I really didn’t expect Res Life to go easy here – not after the first issue. I feel bad for Will, but I also get the Admin’s position. Both sides here are ‘right’ in one way or another.
Res Life’s position is this:
- You got arrested for a DUI last year, you knew the terms of your deal with the courts, you broke them. You lose. Really, you should’ve just bailed on the parties during the probationary term of the sentencing. It’s not that hard – just skip a few sausage fests with a bunch of Natty and chill and play PS3 and lift some weights on the weekends. I dunno what you’d do Saturday nights, but drinking shouldn’t be one of them. Unless it’s in your room, with only 2-3 good friends that won’t tell anyone.
Yeatman’s is probably something like this:
- Give me a freaking break. There are rumors that I drove a golf cart and not a car (which makes the DUI NOT a real DUI in my book – that’s me, not Will), and I blew a .02 at that party. .02!!!! I can get as big a buzz from cough syrup. I sipped a beer for 30 seconds – I only had it in my hand so I felt comfortable (who EVER feels comfortable without a beer in hand at a party?)
His dad apparently agrees:
“Will had a .02 [blood-alcohol content at the party],” Dennis Yeatman said, according to the Tribune. “The other charges were dropped. There’s never been a police report filed. And Will is an exceptionally good kid, admired by everybody, gets along with everybody. He’s being suspended for a .02 BAC. After all he’s been through, it appears to be a disproportionate penalty for college student.”
Side Note: I take a small issue with Mr. Yeatman saying “after all he’s been through” here – the kid put himself through ‘all’ of that.
Anyway, both sides are somewhat right. It’s a joke that that party was broken up in the way it was, and it’s a joke that he’s being penalized so severely for POTENTIALLY 1) driving a golf cart on campus while underage drunk and 2) blowing a .02 underage. (Note: if it was a real DUI, this punishment and more was deserved). But, it’s also not ridiculous for a kid to go a single season (or even half a season) without getting into more trouble due to alcohol.
I feel bad for the kid, but the admin was in a tough spot with the legal charges going on and all. I don’t know that they could do much else. This guy needs to avoid alcohol like the plague until he’s 21. And probably then too. Hopefully he uses this as motivation to 1) not drink 2) lift and run 3) study hard 4) come back next year and be better than ever.
The Natty just ain’t any good anyway son.