Redshirt Nittany Lion junior fullback Dan Lawlor is in a heap o’ trouble, me mateys. The boy screwed up big time, getting his ass arrested for DUI. He blew a 0.126; Pennsylvania’s legal limit, like many other states, is 0.08. Lawlor turned 21 in January.
OK, so this one is cut-and-dried, a legal slam-dunk. But what’s Paterno going to do? My bet is on suspension, but as usual, that is pure Turkeyesque speculation. What should happen is that he gets his ass kicked off the team, if not completely out of Penn State. It’s one thing to be drunk in public on one’s feet, but quite another to operate a motor vehicle in that impaired state, endangering an innocent and unknowing public. (Just because in State College the pedestrians stand a good chance of being crocked, too, does not mean some moron should have carte blanche to run them down.) There are no extenuating circumstances in this case, only excuses and lame-ass ex post facto apologies.
Back in the ancient days of my matriculation at PSU, a kid was thrown out of school after admitting to shoplifting, a non-violent crime against property. DUI has more serious overtones involving lives, and should be treated accordingly.