Do you remember PSU defensive end Sean Stanley missing a couple of games early in the season because he got involved in some kind of trouble with the law shortly before the Iowa game? Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno would not comment on the specific issues involving both Stanley and Derrick Thomas at the time, claiming that he was not allowed to. Well, Stanley has committed another indiscretion, this one on the eve of the Ohio State game, and one has to wonder whether the kid has fouled out.
Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror reports:
Penn State sophomore defensive end Sean Stanley was cited Friday for disorderly conduct for urinating in public, the second Nittany Lion player charged with that offense in a few days.
A court document obtained Tuesday lists Nov. 12 as the offense date. Running back Silas Redd was cited for public urination Monday morning.
This is Stanley’s second run-in with the law this season. He was charged Oct. 18 with marijuana possession after police found it in his apartment Sept. 28. He was suspended for two games for that incident.
So, what do you think? The arrest occurred at 12:42 AM. A police spokesperson stated that alcohol was involved, but did not confirm the level or whether testing had been done. It’s not a great stretch to conclude that Stanley was out cavorting around, probably employing a judgment impairing substance or two. Boys will be boys, but less than 36 hours before a big game? By contrast, Redd’s indiscretion occurred on the Sunday night following an emotional loss and was his first offense.
Redd will definitely play in the Indiana game, although Paterno was coy about it when asked. Royster’s knee is not 100% and Green got his bell rung in the Ohio State game.
However, Stanley is a two-time loser and Paterno hasn’t been impressed with his level of play. He has shown that he has little regard for compliance with rules and the law. Do you think Stanley should sit some more? Will he fade into football obscurity at the behest of the old coach? Or will he be forgiven?
This is a tough one, as defensive end is a position at which depth has been an issue this fall. Paterno’s only comment was, “He hasn’t played as well as I hoped he would.” In the opinion of this Turkey, if Paterno doesn’t sit him for at least the remaining two games, it sends a bad message about permissiveness.