SIX BITS: Speights, Beal, Cooper, Reed, Caldwell

By Adam Silverstein
August 5, 2014

1 » Former Florida Gators center Marreese Speights was arrested early Tuesday morning for driving under the influence in Tampa, Florida. According to the Bay Area News Group, Speights blew Breathalyzer tests of .103 and .106, well above Florida’s legal limit of .080. He was initially pulled over for “failure to yield right of way while pulling out of a driveway” and subsequently failed roadside field sobriety tests before having the alcohol content of his breath examined. Speights, on the second year of a fully-guaranteed three-year, $10.97 million contract with the Golden State Warriors, has been charged with a second-degree misdemeanor but was released on $500 bond. He was celebrating his 27th birthday on Monday.

2 » Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal was one of three players cut by USA Basketball on Monday as the organization reduced its roster to 16 ahead of the 2014 World Cup of Basketball. Now on a break, USA Basketball will resume its training camp on Aug. 13. It will have approximately two weeks to trim four more players from the roster ahead of the international event. Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons is one of the 16 players still competing for spots and the only former Gators player still in camp.

3 » Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has missed consecutive practices with a foot injury and was seen in a walking boot at his team’s last practice. Cooper had a career year in 2013, hauling in 47 passes for 835 yards and eight touchdowns; he is expected to see his role increase in 2014 now that DeSean Jackson is no longer with the franchise. Prior to stepping on the field last season, Cooper found himself surrounded by controversy off the field when a leaked tape of him screaming a racial slur at a security guard made national news. He recently said that it still haunts him to this day. “Obviously, I was very embarrassed. I’m still embarrassed about the situation,” he told NFL Network’s Michael Irvin last week. “Words hurt, and I’m crushed by it. But it felt good to know my teammates were supporting me. … It meant a lot to me. That was a huge deal, nationwide. That is a big deal. And to have the support from the guys that know you, it means a lot.”


4 » Washington tight end Jordan Reed continues to draw rave reviews this offseason, the latest coming from Boston Globe reporter Ben Volin, who observed Reed training against the New England Patriots in joined practices over the last few days. “Similarly, Washington’s Reed looks like a star. He was open all practice, and hauled in a really nice catch over the outstretched arms of [Darrelle] Revis and Devin McCourty along the sideline. I think Reed is in line for a big season, especially with the Redskins having so many weapons at receiver,” Volin wrote. Teammate Logan Paulsen took things even further when praising Reed last week in a conversation with ESPN.com. “I have never seen anyone run routes the way he runs them. I’m not exaggerating at all when I say that. He’s a special talent,” he said. “He’s just wired in an explosive athletic way. You see a guy cross somebody up in basketball; he has that move. Even though you know it’s coming he still gets guys to bite. It’s incredible.”

5 » The St. Louis Rams mic’d up and put a helmet cam on cornerback Janoris Jenkins during training camp. Check out practice from his perspective.

6 » Former Gators WR Reche Caldwell was arrested on Sunday for the third time this year when, according to TMZ.com, he was cited for possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license. Officers found a small amount of marijuana in his pocket, which Caldwell told them he would have eaten had he known it was there. Caldwell has now been popped five times since 2009 and thrice in the last eight months. Three years ago, he was charged with two misdemeanors including possession of marijuana (less than 20 grams) and driving with a suspended license. Five months ago in January, Caldwell was “arrested on charges of running an illegal gambling house and bookmaking,” according to the Tampa Tribune. In May, he was jailed for possession of MDMA (ecstasy) with the intent to sell and distribute.

6 Comments

  1. Michael Jones says:

    Say what we will about Meyer, dude brought some talent in here. . as in some NFL-level talent. Coaching becomes a lot easier when you have that kind of talent in your program.

    Studs want to come to UF. Come on, WC, make it happen.

    • Ken (CA) says:

      Yea, he brought the talent, so did his predecessor, he coached them much better and they delivered. Zook was able to recruit but couldn’t control or coach. He could coach but not control. While all the stories about former Gators against the law are not great, at least they aren’t current Gators, and one of the things I can say positively about CWM is at least he is bringing in folks with solid attitude even if not the greatest talents we are used to having. I would rather have 8-4 team that has decent citizens than 12-0 team with a bunch getting hauled in for criminal activity, even if just drugs or alcohol.

      I don’t want an 8-4 team and don’t think UF deserves the “mediocre” results, but at least we aren’t constantly getting offseason posts by Adam about player A, B, C who was just hauled in for illegal activities.

      Like I say though, I expect much better results, but at least he is recruiting a higher class of person

      • gatorboi352 says:

        “I would rather have 8-4 team that has decent citizens than 12-0 team with a bunch getting hauled in for criminal activity, even if just drugs or alcohol.”

        Said no one ever. Ok, maybe said you. But only you.

        I’m not here to play the morale police. This is football. A sport that is predicated on Wins and Losses. And Championships.

        • Michael Jones says:

          So not wanting thugs associated with your program makes someone the “moral (I’m sure that’s how you meant to spell it) police?” Championships at any and all cost are okay?

          Dude, are you a Hurricane fan that accidentally stumbled onto a Gator comment board?

          This is UF. We are a proud institution. Character matters here.

          Good job, Ken. I agree 100%. Plus schools like Stanford are proving that you can have both character and an elite level football program.

  2. Steve says:

    Your comments about Speights “Breathalyzer tests of .103 and .106, well above Florida’s legal limit of .080. ” I would like to mention that for a normal man, 2 beers could take you to the .80 range. So well over is the equivalent to one more beer, two at the most.

    I also want to know if anyone who has read this article has ever heard of someone getting a ticket for “failure to yield right of way pulling out of a drive way”. This is as bad as getting arrested for barking at a dog.

    This is shameful.

    • Michael Jones says:

      Uh oh. . . more police misconduct? So when a person pulls out of his driveway onto a road and almost causes or causes a collision, that’s different from doing it from a side street?

      Your blood alcohol remarks are totally nonsensical. Speights is a large man. It would have taken more than a couple of beers to get him over a .10. You are confusing .08 with .80. .80 is a toxic level. A blood alcohol level that high would kill even an alcoholic.

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