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Tyler Bray appears in court for ‘hot dogging’ on jet ski

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You know what they say. Bros will be bros.

A little under two weeks after he was accused of tossing beer bottles from a balcony onto parked vehicles at an apartment complex, Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray appeared in court Wednesday for a July 4 jet ski incident.

From GoVolsXtra.com:

According to Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officer Dewayne Williams, Bray was driving a Jet Ski with a woman passenger when he was observed by Williams “hot dogging” with another Jet Ski. Williams explained the term “hot dogging” as “almost like playing chicken” on Jet Skis.

The other Jet Ski tipped over spilling the unidentified occupants into the water. Bray then sped near the swimmers “spraying them with water,” according to Williams, who added “he was almost on top of them.”

Bray was facing a Class A misdemeanor for reckless operation of a personal watercraft and a Class C misdemeanor for failure to have a boating education certificate. Instead, Bray agreed to a plea bargain mandating he either make three public appearances at schools where to promote boater safety or make a PSA commercial.

Both incidents — the bottle tossing and jet ski riding — ended up being harmless, but Bray should consider himself fortunate. Duke wide receiver Blair Holliday is currently in the hospital for an Independence Day weekend jet ski accident, and was in critical condition for some time.

None of this means Bray is a bad teammate or leader on the field; it means he’s a college kid doing college kid things. But that’s where the similarities end. As the starting quarterback of a major college football program, Bray’s actions are going to be magnified.

As such, he needs to start using his head for more than remembering plays and formations.

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11 Responses to “Tyler Bray appears in court for ‘hot dogging’ on jet ski”
  1. rolltide510 says: Aug 8, 2012 3:01 PM

    “None of this means Bray is a bad teammate or leader on the field”

    It sure does. Leaders and good teammates don’t let their names be in the police blotter twice in two months.

  2. Ben Kercheval says: Aug 8, 2012 3:03 PM

    Then there would be A LOT of bad teammates, rolltide510.

  3. rolltide510 says: Aug 8, 2012 3:07 PM

    Is it somehow in doubt that a lot of college football players are knuckleheads Ben?

  4. woebegong says: Aug 8, 2012 3:11 PM

    These young folks just need to realize, that they are constantly under the microscope and doing dumb things gets them, much more notoriety than the average immature person their age.

  5. Ben Kercheval says: Aug 8, 2012 3:19 PM

    “Is it somehow in doubt that a lot of college football players are knuckleheads Ben?”

    No, but that doesn’t make them bad teammates or incapable of leading others during a football game. Generally, players don’t care about off-the-field stuff.

  6. rolltide510 says: Aug 8, 2012 3:26 PM

    Could Sammy Watkins be considered a bad teammate as he watches the first two games from the bench? Do you suppose his teammates mind that they’re probably going to lose a game to Auburn that they’d have won if their best player was dressed? Do you really think players on championship-caliber teams don’t care that their teammates are selfish?

  7. Ben Kercheval says: Aug 8, 2012 3:34 PM

    Sammy Watkins made a bad decision. He’s not the only one on Clemson who has and I don’t believe that equates to selfishness. Players want to win and expect to do so every week no matter who’s on the field. Dwelling on Watkins’ absence only deters from that.

    But since we’re using other examples: I look at Cam Newton. That guy was in the headlines for weeks on end, and depending on if you think he took money or not, that could be the prime example of selfishness. But I don’t recall the word selfish being thrown around from one Auburn teammate that season. They played hard with him because he put that team on his back.

  8. ocon171 says: Aug 8, 2012 3:57 PM

    Dude hangs dong…

  9. houndofthebaskervols says: Aug 8, 2012 5:51 PM

    So Bray was basically charged with “having fun.”

  10. ajonesmc931 says: Aug 8, 2012 6:00 PM

    Agreed ben

  11. woebegong says: Aug 8, 2012 7:01 PM

    If not handled properly and safely, a jet ski can be dangerous. Just ask the rapper who lost his son about a month ago in Georgia, because he was hit by a jet ski, ridden by an inattentive driver. The 11 year old died.

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