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Penn State latest program facing off-field legal issue

Michael Zordich, Johnnie Troutman AP

To paraphrase the great John Wayne-turned-Howard Stern sound bite, this is gettin’ to be re-g******-diculous.

For the sixth straight day, news of a Div. 1-A player facing an arrest and charges has surfaced.  Even more disturbingly, it’s yet another offense involving the combination of drinking and driving.

First reported by, and later confirmed by the Allentown Morning Call, Penn State offensive lineman Johnnie Troutman has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence and DUI with a high rate of alcohol (between .10 and .16).  Additionally, the redshirt junior was charged with failure to observe traffic-control devices and driving without a license.

There were no details of what led to Troutman’s arrest, other than it occurred during a traffic stop at some point Saturday.  It’s also unclear if the school is aware of the arrest and what punishment Troutman will face.

Troutman started 11 games at left guard for the Nittany Lions in 2010.

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3 Responses to “Penn State latest program facing off-field legal issue”
  1. drexelvol says: Feb 2, 2011 9:49 AM

    This shouldn’t come as a surprise. People always praise Paterno for running a clean program. Fact is, his team is right up there with the Florida schools in arrests over the past eight or so years.

  2. Slim Charles says: Feb 2, 2011 1:00 PM

    A lot of that is due to State College police being overzealous. Also, we had a religious fundie District Attorney a couple of years back when I was a student that tried to make a name for himself with high-profile arrests of PSU players for various stuff – the charges never stuck because he was a media hound doing it for publicity.

    Obviously that has nothing to do with a DUI, those are always bad, but arrest stats mean nothing, look at convictions instead.

  3. drexelvol says: Feb 3, 2011 5:44 PM

    Oh yeah, blame the cops.

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