There are pros and cons to playing football for your old man. Maybe you get a reserved spot on the roster no matter what, but if you mess up, you will never hear the end of it.
Old Dominion linebacker Derek Wilder was suspended (grounded?) by his father Bobby Wilder, head coach of the Old Dominion Monarchs. The father suspended his son and Aquante Thornton following felony charges for eluding police and misdemeanors for reckless driving earlier this month. Derek Wilder has been suspended indefinitely. The suspension follows the typical protocol for players breaking team rules, but we can only imagine there was an extra stern lecture within the family.
The two players were riding motorcycles on the highway on May 18 when officers began their pursuit. Thornton had stopped for the police, but Wilder continued driving away for a bit. He ended up in a small accident that threw him from his bike, resulting in minor injuries treated at a nearby hospital, according to The Virginian-Pilot. Police also charged Wilder for not having registration for the motorcycle.
Thornton was charged for not securing his license plate to his motorcycle. He will not suffer the same fate within the program as Wilder.
After a 10-win season in 2016, Old Dominion gave Bobby Wilder a contract extension through 2021.