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Fitz Toussaint has DUI charge reduced, pleads guilty

Fitzgerald Toussaint AP

Yesterday, John noted that Michigan running back Fitz Toussaint was still atop the Wolverines’ depth chart for Saturday’s game against Alabama despite the fact that no decision had been made on whether he would play.

However, Toussaint’s legal problem seems to have been taken care of for the most part. Will playing time follow?

It’s still not clear.

Toussaint pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Tuesday of operating a vehicle while visibly impaired, a misdemeanor. He was originally facing a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated which resulted in his suspension last month. Officially, Toussaint will be sentenced on Oct. 23. He could up to 93 days in jail, a $300 fine and 360 hours of community service.

A team spokesperson told Mlive.com that Toussaint’s plea has not affected his status with the team and coach Brady Hoke maintained Monday that the court appearance would not sway his decision.

In 11 games last season, Toussaint led all UM running backs with 1,041 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns.

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23 Responses to “Fitz Toussaint has DUI charge reduced, pleads guilty”
  1. pryor4heisman says: Aug 28, 2012 4:10 PM

    If he plays, Hoke is a scumbag…

  2. kiopta1 says: Aug 28, 2012 4:32 PM

    Nice name to go with a bs comment.

  3. dallasstars9 says: Aug 28, 2012 4:34 PM

    Scumbag? Really? Scumbags are people that touch innocent kids in inappropriate places. Hoke is being a coach, which must be a tough job. Michigan could still win the Big 10 without a win on Saturday, but a win would be HUGE for the program! Leaving Toussaint out would seem like the logical decision. But who are you trying to punish? The player or the team? If they lose Saturday, then they lose as a team, not because one guy made a bad decision. If they win, which they will, GO BLUE!

  4. inhokewetrust says: Aug 28, 2012 4:44 PM

    How can i not play my best rb..the charges are reduced..btw do doushbags acquire 2 top 5 recruting classes…I guess a whole bunch of mothers and fathers think otherwise…

  5. pryor4heisman says: Aug 28, 2012 4:45 PM

    Get some free tattoos and get suspended 7 gamers. Get drunk and go out endanger the lives of innocent people out on the road?

    Sound like justice?

    Brady Hoke looks like Norm from Cheers. Sweep this under the rug and your as big a buffoon as he is as well….

  6. rcbn says: Aug 28, 2012 4:47 PM

    If he plays him then FUGG’EM!!!

  7. sunking1 says: Aug 28, 2012 4:57 PM

    @ pryor4heisman

    Everytime you write something all I can hear is “Waaaaaaa”

    Go follow your 3rd string QB for the Raiders.
    Waaaaaaaa

  8. dmacirish says: Aug 28, 2012 5:03 PM

    all i have to say is when notre dame’s quarterback got arrested for running around drunk he got suspended for the first game – based on this, if he was driving then all would be fine right?

  9. therealgts says: Aug 28, 2012 5:13 PM

    Really Irish? Remember Michael Floyd and all his DUIs and he didn’t miss a down? Hypocrite much? Rees fought the cops. A little bit different. Pryor4Backup? Yeah a multi year scandal matches up with a one night mistake. Irrational all the way around

  10. mauldawg says: Aug 28, 2012 5:16 PM

    If he plays just another reason to see how football games are more important than justice.Another football player gets his a$$ kissed by the legal system.Is it any wonder that alot of college football players have screwed up lives.Coaches have a chance to say you messed up sit for a year,but no winning is more important than doing the right thing.College football is going the way of pro sports.

  11. rendadoll says: Aug 28, 2012 5:42 PM

    He is stopped by Law enforcement, he gets a DUI citation, yet because he is a University of Michigan Football player, he gets his Driving Under Influence reduced to. “Driving while impaired.” Under the definition both; a Regular Person would pay more, do more time or community service than a University Football Player.

    It is a shame that the Court Systems continue to Pat offending University Athletes on the back and prove to them by the Court actions when they offend by giving them a lessor misdemeanor to plead guilty to; it is there fore no wonder that University Athletes continue to drink, do drugs, commit other crimes and still play for their University.

    One day, hopefully; the Court Systems will STOP letting Football Players get away with Drinking and Driving, Driving while Impaired and ANY Other CRIME.

    This is a National University Problem, and it needs to be stopped. No Play, no Scholarships for Players who break the Team rules, break State and County, City laws, only then will these young people learn that their bad behavior has strong consequences.

    Laughing out loud!!!!

    R

  12. therealgts says: Aug 28, 2012 5:52 PM

    Typical statement. There are numerous times a “regular” person gets a charge reduced or pleas to a lesser charge. This happens all the time. Since this was probably his first offense he got a lesser charge. Read a book before spouting off about special treatment. This stuff happens in courtrooms everyday.

  13. rendadoll says: Aug 28, 2012 6:00 PM

    I under stand the Laws, and I know this type of thing happens in Courts all across the country all the time. My point was this.

    This is a Country wide problem, I am was speaking about the entire University System, every week there is some news report regarding a University Player and drinking, drugs, some type of driving faux pas.

    I am was not in my first statement, nor am I now saying that Fritz, should get harsher punishment than other players or people, and I am not coming down on his University, or any University for that matter. What I am saying is this. Players need to understand that they are in the Public, and when the foul up, and they get a lessor sentence to plead to, they should expect on the University side, What ever the University’s name, that they will be punished for violations of University Rules, Team Rules because they broke State, Laws, in this particular case; State Driving Laws.

    I have just seen over and over again, Players get off, and then repeat the same behavior or worse.

    Hopefully, Fritz will get some University punishment. He deserves to be penalized by his Football Coach.

  14. bigdinla says: Aug 28, 2012 6:02 PM

    So if someone commits a crime you should not punish them because it effects someone else? Funny non-football players get punished for DUI all the time regardless of how it affects their families. Joke is just proving that he is just like every other coach in NCAA football. Wins are the most important thing. Very few successful coaches act otherwise. All I care about is that B1G fans stop the holier than though act.

  15. rendadoll says: Aug 28, 2012 6:11 PM

    Quote ccording to SalinePatch.com, Toussaint was arrested late Saturday night in downtown Ann Arbor and charged with operating a vehicle while impaired. The initial stop, part of a joint drunk driving detail, was due to a traffic violation, with a subsequent breathalyzer revealing the back was over the .08 legal limit.

    How far over the limit was not divulged.

    In starting 11 games last season, Toussaint led all UM running backs in rushing yards (1,041) and rushing touchdowns (nine). End Quote…..

    Fritz ran a traffic light, breath test proved he was .08 over the legal limit.

    In the State I live in, even if it is a first time offense, it would be difficult to plead a lessor charge with the Running the Red Light part of the situation, where I live that is considered “Reckless Driving.”

    Fritz is very fortunate that he could get the Driving Impaired.

  16. irisheyesnate says: Aug 28, 2012 6:46 PM

    Obviously I’m a Notre Dame fan. M. Floyd got caught earlier in the yr so he had time to get things right before the season started. And as of right now Rees is 4th on our depth chart along with calobrese. I live in grand rapids and have always enjoyed the rivalry btw ND AND MICH. whatever the coach wants to do is up to the coach and team AD. Remember when we where kids and we got in trouble? Even at the same time our parents always gave us different punishments. Just bc he is going to play the first game against Alabama doesn’t mean he’s clear and off the hook. He will just be suspended from the ND game lol

  17. irisheyesnate says: Aug 28, 2012 6:47 PM

    Oh by the way there is no penalty! He will play!

  18. irisheyesnate says: Aug 28, 2012 6:48 PM

    Oh and mich coach is fat lol!

  19. polegojim says: Aug 28, 2012 7:18 PM

    @ Irish… and that FAT MICH coach beat you!!! WHAAAA… go cry at the feet of TD Jesus.

    Sad, when anyone has nothing of substance to say, they resort to childish insults. Way to regress back to grade school antics… or maybe you never left!!!

    Michigan has proven it takes discipline seriously with SEVERAL other players… and historically… and has nothing to prove to biased critics to jump on these types of posts.

    GO BLUE!

  20. rendadoll says: Aug 28, 2012 7:41 PM

    Well it does not matter to me what University Fritz attends, plays for. He is just one player that has gotten into trouble with drinking and driving…..

    It would be nice if ALL Universities taught their Freshmen Athlete’s the P’s and Q’s of proper conduct.

    It is not Rocket Science to remember that if a person has alcohol and or drugs at a party, that they should not drive. ;)

    If his Coach let’s him play for the first Two, Three… ALL of the 2012 Season games, that is the Head Coaches decision.

    Hopefully for Fritz and all the Players out there at all the Universities, maybe they will remember that it is best if you are going to party, to call a Taxi or hand your car keys to a friend who did not drink….

    And, I wish him well, I do hope that he does not drink and drive again…..

  21. matlp57 says: Aug 28, 2012 8:23 PM

    Sweater vest put in players all the time that had broken rules, look who’s talking.
    Fitz made a mistake and drove drunk, clarett held people up at gunpoint, schlicter bilked people out of their life savings, how can a OSU fan take the
    moral high ground with anyone?

  22. normtide says: Aug 28, 2012 9:31 PM

    All discipline matters aside, I hope the kid plays. If we beat the wolverines, I want it to be the best you got. As for discipline, thats up to the coach. But, if a coach is too lax, it will always show eventually. Only coach hoke knows how far he can go. Best of luck blue. I hope both teams bring it. Roll Tide!

  23. irisheyesnate says: Aug 29, 2012 3:43 PM

    @pole hey man was just having fun but, since u want to start..

    First, msu owns u!

    Second, go smoke another pole! That’s y ur name is pole right?

    Third, he’s fat and yes he beat us once. But, that’s y ur gonna lose to bama!

    And finally, anyone can come to a program and put out wins w another coaches players.

    But, in the end u still act like NOTRE DAME didnt DOMINATE the entire game I’ll bet money ND WINS!!!!! GO IRISH!!!!

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