One of these days, people in general and football players in particular will realize that failing to show up for a minor traffic offense can/will result in additional headaches.
The latest to learn that lesson the hard way is Missouri offensive lineman Chris Freeman was arrested Monday night following a routine traffic stop. According to the Columbia Daily Tribune, Freeman was pulled over by an officer in Columbia who noticed a defective light on the car he was driving.
While he wasn’t ticketed for that, he was arrested after the officer ran his name and a warrant came up. Freeman had been given a ticket for failure to yield at an intersection in mid-March but did not show up for an April 10 court appearance, which resulted in the arrest warrant being issued.
Head coach Gary Pinkel said any discipline would be handled internally by the team.
Freeman was originally a member of the Tigers’ 2009 recruiting class but, due to an NCAA clearinghouse issue, was not permitted to join the program until the fall of the following season. After redshirting in 2010, Freeman played in three games as a redshirt freshman last season.
He’s listed as the backup right tackle throughout this spring.
(Writer’s note: the image in the upper right of this post — courtesy of Mizzou athletics — features the new alternate helmet logo unveiled over the weekend. To each his own, I guess. Gotta keep those recruits happy.)