Saturday, August 23, 2008

No Luckett For VaTech This Year

Virginia Tech suspended receiver Zach Luckett indefinitely Monday for a violation of team policy. He was then kicked off the team for this season on Tuesday.

Coach Frank Beamer had no further comment regarding the 6-foot-3, 212-pound redshirt sophomore. With Royal, Clowney and Morgan all leaving for the NFL Luckett was supposed to step in and be the speedster and one of the go-to-guys this season. He was looking to be a for sure starter this season.

Luckett played all 14 games last season. He caught two passes for 15 yards made 15 tackles on special teams. The Hokies are ranked 17th in The Associated Press preseason poll.The AP or VaTech did not announce officially the reason for Luckett's suspension. However being from Blacksburg, VA and knowing people on the team and managers who film the practices, I got the inside word. Apparently Luckett backed into the dumpster at the 7-11 in down town Blacksburg. This was during the night and the cops were in full force in downtown Bburg. The commotion caused from that forced Blacksburg's finest to act. Lucket was charged with reckless driving and a DUI, so I heard. Those offenses and charges warranted him to be kicked off the team this season.

Anyone who has lived in Blacksburg and been to that 7-11 knows that the dumpsters are in a horrible spot and even a sober person could hit them, however, you have to pay for your actions no matter how stupid they are. He was driving his car after having alcohol that night and must have known the consequences before he set out to seven-eleven.

The one thing that bothers me is that he is being punished before he is found guilty. In America you are innocent until proven guilty. There is no way that Luckett could have gone to trial and been found guilty yet, so why punish him if he could get off (especially if this is his first offense)? In the NFL and other professional sports the league administrators do not punish athletes until they are proven guilty of the charges they are accused of, why not do the same with NCAA athletes?

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