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‘Fighting… the issue of alcoholism’, Louisville CB Darius Ashley suspended indefinitely

Darius Ashley

After landing his second drunk-driving arrest in a little over six months over the weekend, and as expected, Darius Ashley has been disciplined by Louisville head coach Charlie Strong.

The cornerback’s not being dismissed from the football program, however, as there’s a much larger issue the school feels the obligation to help Ashley navigate.

Strong confirmed Friday that Ashley has been indefinitely suspended from the Cardinals, and intimated that he may never play another down for the school.  One thing that won’t happen, though, is the program abandoning the defensive back as he battles what appear to be significant alcohol issues.

“‘He may not ever run down that field or make another tackle, he may not ever make another interception,” Strong said. ”But our major concern for him right now is to help him tackle what he’s fighting right now and that’s the issue of alcoholism.”

Strong was very, very emphatic when the topic of a dismissal was broached.

“Any time you talk about do you dismiss a young man,” Strong said, “when you see what has happened, two within seven months, you dismiss him from the team — What does he become? Just another statistic in society? So what did we accomplish and how did we help him? You have to help people. Here’s a young man who has never been an issue on our team until those two issues that he had, which are two serious issues, but he’s a young man, he went to class, never had a class issue with him, did all the right things. … We have to help young people.”

Ashley was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in December of last year and then again this past weekend.  In both cases, he was more than double the legal limit of .08 — .192 the first time, .186 the second.

The junior was expected to start at one of the corner positions for the Cards in 2011, but obviously he has bigger issues to deal with right now than where he stands on a depth chart.

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11 Responses to “‘Fighting… the issue of alcoholism’, Louisville CB Darius Ashley suspended indefinitely”
  1. cometkazie says: Jun 25, 2011 9:05 AM

    Alcoholism isn’t the issue here, how it is dealt with is.

  2. paulbrownsrevenge says: Jun 25, 2011 10:32 AM

    yeah, says the alcoholic in denial.

  3. paulbrownsrevenge says: Jun 25, 2011 10:33 AM

    Note to self: challenge darius ashley in beer pong.

  4. polegojim says: Jun 25, 2011 11:27 AM

    @cometkazie – alcoholism is ALWAYS the issue.
    The disease degrades thinking and promotes horrendous self destructive behavior.

    Good job by the Cards to put him in the best position to get help, but not give up on him.

    DARIUS – get help now before your disease takes much more than football, it will take your life, or you will take someone elses.
    Realize, Repair, Rebuild, Reinvent, Renew

  5. cosanostra71 says: Jun 25, 2011 2:16 PM

    I really like how Charlie Strong dealt with this issue!

  6. cometkazie says: Jun 25, 2011 9:53 PM

    I should have been more clear.

    It appears to me there is no question that the fellow has a problem with alcohol. Hence, in my mind that is not an issue.

    The issue is what he does about it, with, it appears, the support of the university.

  7. thetooloftools says: Jun 25, 2011 11:00 PM

    See, the problem is he was driving. Wow. He puts EVERYONE at risk through his thoughtlessness.
    He needs to stick to weed like his pals playing hoops.

  8. trbowman says: Jun 26, 2011 2:58 AM

    Alcoholism isn’t disease, give me a break.

  9. polegojim says: Jun 26, 2011 10:48 AM

    @trbowman – is your ignorance a disease?

    Oh wait…I guess you’re smarter than the folks at the MAYO clinic, eh?

  10. waynefontes says: Jun 27, 2011 7:59 AM

    Hmmmm.. ok Jim, let’s see what alcoholism is, straight from the MAYO clinic….

    Alcoholism is a chronic disease in which your body becomes dependent on alcohol. When you have alcoholism, you lose control over your drinking. You may not be able to control when you drink, how much you drink, or how long you drink on each occasion. If you have alcoholism, you continue to drink even though you know it’s causing problems with your relationships, health, work or finances.

    It’s possible to have a problem with alcohol but not have all the symptoms of alcoholism. This is known as “alcohol abuse,” which means you drink too much and it causes problems in your life although you aren’t completely dependent on alcohol.

    That must be terrible that alcohol is being forcibly poured into your body all those times.. oh wait, I forgot – a person CHOOSES to drink alcohol

    I have no sympathy for alcoholics (I love drinking, but it’s my choice to drink and I know when to stop – for the most part). To call it a disease is a disgrace.

    Guess what? If you don’t abuse alcohol, you will NEVER catch that DISEASE. Kind of like smokers who get lung cancer.

    Cancer, ALS, Alzheimer’s… those are real diseases.

    Alcoholism is a self-inflicted wound. Big difference.

  11. waynefontes says: Jun 28, 2011 11:00 AM

    Guess that one guy giving the thumbs up/down is an alcoholic wanting to pin his failures in life on everyone else.

    Sorry Charlie, alcoholism is a disease just about as much as bulimia.

    I would say too bad you can’t see that, but I really don’t care.

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