Tuesday, May 11, 2010

What did JJ Do? Golf Cart. Alcohol. Police. Need we say more?

Well, yes we need to say more! Right now C and R don’t know whether to laugh or cry!

All year long the funniest stories told by the Stanford women’s basketball team involved a golf cart. They hold a special place in the hearts of the players. See, you get a golf cart when you have a knee injury. Mel Murphy had one Jeanette Pohlen’s freshmen year and she remembers the hijinks that ensued.  JJ Hones has torn her ACL so many times Stanford probably has a golf cart with her name engraved on it.

So…..JJ recently had knee surgery again and Stanford gave her a golf cart. Then in the early hours of May 2, she was driving her golf cart recklessly while drunk and the campus police asked her to stop. So she tried to evade them. In her golf cart. While DUI….This would be really, really funny, except she was drinking and she was arrested and booked for driving under the influence, reckless driving, evading a police officer and resisting arrest. Serious charges. Trying to evade police in a golf cart? And JJ is supposed to be Stanford educated! She was booked into the Santa Clara County jail (right by R’s house, we could have brought her some cookies) and released on bond. Then Tara VanDerveer dismissed her from the team.

I’m sorry (C writing here), it appears C and R are being flip and I guess we are, I mean I can remember all the dumb, hilariously-stupid things I did in high school and college, and I can totally picture the event with the golf cart, just I never caught! But JJ did get caught and this has serious consequences for the young lady. She is also a role model for those who follow women’s basketball, and drinking and driving is never funny (I believe JJ is over 21 and legally allowed to drink alcohol).

First and foremost in my mind is does this affect her scholarship for next year? Does she now have to pay her way through school? And if so, might she not come back next year for her academics? Also, she was rehabbing her knee and I am sure using the Stanford facilities to help with that. Is that all lost to her as well? Will this affect her recovery?

Two, this stupid college maneuver and getting kicked off the team is now in the headlines nationwide (BTW, thanks to our intrepid fans who first found this breaking story and forwarded it to us). This is just so embarrassing for the young lady. Think of your most embarrassing moment. Would you like it published all over the Internet? Such a sad ending for a great player who always gave it her all.

We hope she is not cast adrift in her rehabilitation and isolated from her support network, especially now when she needs it the most.

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