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Pair of Colorado WRs suspended, LB leaves after pellet gun incident

Jon Embree AP

Is it football season yet?

Not yet, meaning offseason shenanigans are still possible for another few weeks, though hopefully the beginning of preseason camp brings with it an unofficial end to such tomfoolery.

Case in point, the suspension of Colorado wide receivers Jeffrey Thomas and DaVaughn Thornton.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera, “Boulder police officers were called to respond when two cars containing eight CU football players were pulled over after witnesses thought the Airsoft pellet gun they were pointing at each other was a real gun.”

BuffZone.com adds “Police said several of the men in the cars became immediately antagonistic with officers as they were ordered out of the vehicles at gunpoint. Officers said Thornton told officers, “Go ahead! Shoot me, mother (expletive),” “I can go wherever the (expletive) I want,” and, “This is Boulder and you have your guns out?”

No arrests were made, but Thomas and Thorton will miss the Buffs’ first two games against Colorado State and Sacramento State. Additionally, linebacker Jermane Clark is leaving the program due to a combination of family issues and his involvement in incident Saturday.

“It was three guys making poor decisions,” coach John Embree said Tuesday. “For the most part, our players, with an exception here or there, have done a great job of trying to be the type of citizens that we want and that we want our fans to be proud of.

“I know no charges were filed and any of that, but at the end of the day, we don’t behave that way. There is no gray area when you behave like those guys behaved. They’ve been punished appropriately.”

Which is to say they’re being punished for making a stupid decision.

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14 Responses to “Pair of Colorado WRs suspended, LB leaves after pellet gun incident”
  1. bertenheim says: Aug 9, 2012 9:28 AM

    “I can go wherever the (expletive) I want”?
    Scum.

  2. thom4msu says: Aug 9, 2012 10:36 AM

    Arrogant ignorant Spewk.

  3. huskerzfan4life says: Aug 9, 2012 11:25 AM

    Could not happen to a better team, the sCUm is at it again! Love to see this team self destruct year in and year out. I would Never admit to attending such a Loser School! Way To Go BuffaloButts!

  4. kozbee says: Aug 9, 2012 2:09 PM

    Awww i love this time of season when the worst comes out of the worst.Seems many players need school`n to get their head out of their azz.Each time it happens i think there goes another scholarship that another good kid could of used.
    jackazz players

  5. ukeone says: Aug 9, 2012 2:28 PM

    This is not a lone Colorado issue, people, but a widespread one that spans just about every major football program in the country these days. Most, if not not all major football programs have to deal with these type of thugs who think that they are above and beyond the law. They believe that because they are part of a big name school that they have been given ‘special privileges’ that allow them to act beyond all reason. Coaches can’t keep an eye on ‘all’ of them at the same time – all of the time, and imposing stiff rules and curfews don’t seem to keep these retards from getting into big trouble. Suspensions are a waste of time, in my opinion. Create a ‘zero-tolerance policy’ for these type of senseless actions and get rid of the scumbags altogether. Kick their sorry butts off the team and send them home. These are not ‘real men’ that Colorado and others have to deal with. They are ‘spoiled brats in men’s bodies’ that need to go back home to their mommas. Once they have grown-up, then (and only then) allow them the privilege of becoming responsible and reliable student-athletes for their respective schools. Otherwise, it’s a huge waste of time, money & effort recruiting these bozos by giving them scholarships that they have no ‘real’ intention of using ‘responsibly’ anyway.

  6. pdcooper08 says: Aug 9, 2012 4:27 PM

    Probably Southern California kids up there thinking they could act the same way as they usually do back home. Seems like the entitlement attitude caught up to the fellas.

  7. joeblackbird1 says: Aug 9, 2012 5:56 PM

    I guess a few have not learned the lesson from
    the Penn State scandal. I can go anywhere and
    do anything I want because I am a football
    player.

  8. joeswatzell says: Aug 9, 2012 11:06 PM

    @pdcooper08 …Thorton’s from Denver. Thomas from Dallas, TX. Clark’s from Winston-Salem, NC.
    It is SO easy to fact check before saying things…but I would have guessed the same was possible.

  9. pdcooper08 says: Aug 10, 2012 12:27 AM

    @j.watzell: I was wrong, oh well. I did say probably though. I guess kids from all over act this way. To bad they can’t figure it out.

  10. norcalirish says: Aug 10, 2012 6:27 AM

    I can only imagine how those cops treated these kids, and I 100% side with the students (unless further info comes out). An airsoft gun is NOT a pellet gun, it shoots PLASTIC bbs. These kids probably got profiled and were fed up with the bullshit, and so they reacted. This is America—they CAN go wherever they want.

  11. norcalirish says: Aug 10, 2012 6:28 AM

    Man….this story just illustrates how ignorant some people are.

  12. pdcooper08 says: Aug 10, 2012 7:03 AM

    norcalirish: What are you talking about? Are you serious? Do you think a police officer who is called out to a report of armed gunmen has the opportunity to determine wether or not the indivduals have a real gun, a cap gun, a bee bee gun or any other type look alike gun?

    You get called to a gun call where a witness sees armed people, you treat it all the same until otherwise proven. To prove the guns where not a threat, sometimes you have to use the necessary force needed to control the situation and people may feel they where treated unfair.

    The bottonline, Colorado has had it’s share of idiots shooting people and after the recent incident, the police don’t really have a choice to act passively. If your stupid enough to be in public waiving around anything that looks like a firearm, you deserve to get dealt with anyway necessary until it is proven you are not a threat.

    And the attitude of this kid is just unexceptable. He got what he deserved. Next time shout your pie hole and be a little humble to the officers. Then you just might be able to go home that night and sleep in your own bed, and come back the next day a member of the team still.

    Who cares if the kids where fed up with the Police. Your right, they can go where the will, but they can’t do what they please. We here still have laws and rules that need to be followed

  13. ukeone says: Aug 10, 2012 3:45 PM

    Wow, norcalirish…what an attitude to harbor after all that’s happened in Aurora, etc. You eat and shit your freedoms like a drunkard in a pub after midnight. Yeah, America is a great and vast country that gives its ‘responsible’ citizens the ways and means to leading a happy and free existence. However, it’s when you ‘abuse’ that freedom and ‘go too far’ that has society wondering what the hell is going-on in this country. Where I live, someone is getting shot (and killed) ‘everyday’…innocent men, women & children are getting ripped away from their loved-ones because some smart-ass thugs think they have ‘the freedom’ to get away with doing whatever they want. Hey, wave those silly little ‘water pistols’ as you’re driving by some old lady who is sitting on her porch, trying to enjoy a little peace and quiet in her life. Do you think you scared the hell out of her at all… or was the laughter and fun you were having ‘trump’ that old lady getting a heart attack, thinking she just dodged a bullet and escaped her end in life? Could she have deciphered (at that precise moment) if what you were carrying was a water pistol or a real gun? No, and I don’t think the police should have to either…and that’s why their reaction (and ultimate action) was totally correct and within the boundaries of reason (and the law), and they should be commended for it! America…land of the free…and home of some really sad THUG-thinkers (like you)….really, freakin’ sad, dude!

  14. joeswatzell says: Aug 11, 2012 10:10 AM

    Well said pdcooper08.
    NorCal Irish…It bothers me to think you would be happy for a dying cops last words to be “I thought it was only a pellet gun.”
    Pull your head out of wherever it is, and join the real world. Better yet, put your whole being in that place and leave the rest of us alone.

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