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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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Josh Brent tests positive for marijuana while awaiting manslaughter trial

Josh BrentDallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent tested positive for marijuana following a court hearing last month, the Associated Press reports. Brent, you will recall, killed his teammate Jerry Brown after crashing his car on Dec. 8 while allegedly driving drunk.

The positive test for marijuana came up because prosecutors were attempting to get Brent’s bond revoked due to problems with alcohol monitoring. Though the judge declined the motion, he did order a urine test after the May 24 hearing, which Brent failed.

“Given the defendant’s prior alcohol-related contacts and the severity of the charge in this case, it is the State’s belief that the defendant continues to pose a threat to the community,” prosecutors said in the motion.

[Related: Cowboys reportedly were partying at club before fatal car crash]

Brent is facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted of intoxicated manslaughter.

So the obvious thing to ask here is how dumb can Brent be? He’s already in enough trouble as is and now he goes out and tests positive for weed? But it’s not so simple to just question his lack of intelligence.

First off, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a man with poor enough judgment to drive while extremely drunk would also smoke weed while awaiting trial. People who make bad decisions just make bad decisions. Also, he must be pretty stressed out knowing that he’s facing 20 years in jail. Smoking weed in response seems logical for a guy like that. I’m with the prosecutors in thinking he should have his bond revoked, though I know that will never happen.

Titus Young arrested for third time in a week, fought with police

Titus Young mug shot tank

Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young was arrested for the third time in less than a week, this time for fighting with police after allegedly being caught breaking into a home.

According to Josh Katzenstein of The Detroit News, Young was arrested around 11:30 p.m. Friday night for allegedly breaking into a home in San Clemente, Calif. Young allegedly fled the house on foot after police arrived and then fought with them after a brief pursuit.

Young was charged with assaulting a police officer, burglary, and resisting arrest. Katzenstein says the former Lions second-round pick was still in custody as of Sunday afternoon with bail set at $75,000.

I’ll spare you from recapping all the details about what a numbskull Young is, but just remember he was arrested twice in a 15-hour span last week. The first time was for suspicion of DUI, while the second was for trying to steal his impounded car out of the lot. He looks significantly angrier in this mug shot compared to his last two.

Titus Young arrested twice in 15 hours, has great mug shot

Titus Young mug shot

Titus Young found out that setting records in the NFL is not easy, so he decided to try making history off the field. The former Detroit Lions wide receiver was arrested twice in less than a 15-hour span on Sunday, a Riverside, Calif., public information officer told Larry Brown Sports.

Young was arrested around 12:01 a.m. Sunday morning by a Moreno Valley Police Department officer who was conducting a traffic stop. The officer says he was waiting in a left turn lane getting ready to turn when a black Mustang came up from behind and passed him on his left. The Mustang, which was being drive by Young, went against oncoming traffic before turning left.

The officer conducted a traffic stop and arrested Young on suspicion of DUI. The former Lion was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center and was cited and released after signing a promise to appear in court.

Then, later that day, Young was arrested again.

Young was arrested a second time around 2:22 p.m. for climbing over the fence of the towing company to try retrieving his car. He was arrested for burglary.

The DUI is a misdemeanor and the burglary charge is a felony.

Young was a second-round pick of the Lions in 2011, but he was released by the team after the season. The St. Louis Rams picked him up off waivers but released him nine days later. Young is currently a free agent.

Young was sent home from the Lions’ organized team activities last year after punching a teammate. He headbutted an opponent in Week 1, was sent home for the Thanksgiving game for sabotaging his team in the week before by intentionally lining up in the wrong spot.

We’re guessing Young’s days in the NFL are over.

Details of Young’s arrests were first reported by the Oakland Press.

Since he had two booking photos, we have posted the mug shots below for you to compare. The DUI one is on the left, while the burglary one is on the right:

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Yasiel Puig was driving 97 in 50-mph zone before arrest

Yasiel PuigYasiel Puig is proving that Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers aren’t the only members of the organization who can register high speeds on the radar gun.

The Dodgers prospect was arrested at about 1:00 a.m. on Sunday morning in Chattanooga after police say he was clocked doing 97 in a 50-mph zone.

According to the LA Daily News, the police report stated that:

“It took blue lights and multiple siren blasts to get the driver to stop. … The driver was clearly driving with wanton disregard for the safety of other citizen drivers as well as himself and his passenger.”

The Associated Press says Puig faces charges of reckless driving, speeding and driving without proof of insurance in Tennessee.

The Daily News notes that Puig was driving a BMW x35i at the time of his arrest.

The best strangest part of the story is that Puig says he was the designated driver in the situation. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t it the DD’s job to get inebriated passengers home SAFELY? Kind of hard to do that when you’re challenging Jeff Gordon for speed.

Puig is batting .333/.379/.648 in 14 games for the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate in Chattanooga. The 22-year-old Cuban prospect drew rave reviews after crushing the ball during spring training.

MMA fighter Charles Rowan faked his death

Charles Rowan mug shotThere’s a place in the world for people like Charles Rowan, and it’s not heaven where so many people believed he’d gone to last month.

Rowan is an amateur MMA fighter with a 1-3 career record. He was scheduled to fight last month in Traverse City, Mich., but his girlfriend called the fight promoters to inform them that Rowan had died in a car wreck on his way to the fight.

It turned out that she was just lying.

Promoter Scott DiPonio told The Associated Press that he and his girlfriend were saddened to hear about the death and that they traveled to be with Rowan’s family to pay their respects. The AP says DiPonio and his girlfriend were met with kids and grandparents crying when they visited the family.

DiPonio and his girlfriend gave the family $150 on the spot, and they organized a fundraiser two weeks ago and gave Rowan’s friend the $1,350 they generated.

The fight promoters were under the impression that Rowan had died in the wreck until they learned that he was a suspect in the holdup of a gun shop last week.

Looking back, promoter Christo Piliafas said there were some warning signs about Rowan’s death, but he believed it.

“I had people saying this was a little bit fishy,” he told the AP. “There was no obit. There was no funeral service. But in that situation, you want to be sensitive to the family,” he said. “I didn’t know exactly how to handle it. I didn’t want to go off and say, ‘We’re not doing this. Something’s not right’ and then have the incident having really happened.”

Unsurprisingly, Rowan has a criminal background that includes failing to register as a sex offender, and the attempted delivery and manufacture of marijuana. You really should read the entire story because it is wild.

AHL’s Scott Timmins allegedly broke into house he thought was his own while drunk

Scott-Timmins-mug-shotThe old “I thought it was my house” story has made a comeback. Scott Timmins of the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage reportedly went down that road early Monday morning, as San Antonio television station KENS reported that the 23-year-old broke into a family’s home after leaving a bar and took a seat on the couch.

Homeowner Benjamin Garza, who was not home at the time, was none too pleased. His three children and wife were in the house alone. Garza said his wife discovered Timmons on the couch and asked him who he was, to which he responded, “Don’t worry about that.”

“He was yelling, ‘What are you doing in my house,'” Garza told KENS. “My wife said, ‘You need to get the hell out of here.'”

Garza said his wife called 911 and then him. When he finally met Timmins face-to-face, he let him know how fortunate he was that the man of the house was not home when he decided to come in uninvited.

“You’re lucky I wasn’t here because I would’ve put a bullet between your eyes and it would’ve been over for you,” Garza said he told Timmins. “My first instinct was to beat the hell out of him. He needs to pay for what he did, traumatizing my family like that.”

The police report stated that Timmins was so heavily intoxicated that he was barely able to stand and did not remember how he got into Garza’s home. According to the report, he did admit that he had been out drinking with some teammates, but added that he thought he was in his own home. Timmins has been charged with criminal trespass.

Hey, at least he thought it was his own house. That’s a better explanation than the one this guy gave when he broke into an MLB general manager’s home November 2011.

H/T Puck Daddy

Surveillance video of ex-Tennessee coach Troy Wills’ break-in to arena

Troy Wills mug shotFormer Tennessee strength and conditioning coach for the basketball team, Troy Wills, was arrested last weekend after breaking into Thompson-Boling Arena in what appeared to be an act of revenge.

Wills broke into the arena using a saw and force, and then he allegedly ransacked an event director’s office and took over $4,000 worth of stuff. The genius is facing theft and vandalism charges and, on Friday, surveillance video from his alleged break-in surfaced via WATE-TV.

The dumbest part of this video has to be Wills with a hood over his head. If you’re going to ransack a place and break in using a saw, why even bother trying to cover yourself up? If you’re going all out, just go the whole way. And if you’re going to try being incognito, why not just get a mask? Clearly this whole event wasn’t very well planned out. Amateur.

H/T Kentucky Sports Radio