Should Ryan Finley Be Suspended?
We're now just 30 days away from Boise State taking on Coach Pete and the Huskies! Despite legal trouble and an arrest, it looks like Ryan Finley WILL be eligible to play. Do you think he should be allowed to take the blue?
This was a serious discussion my boyfriend and I got into over dinner last night. For some reason, I thought that Ryan had been suspended after his April arrest. Recap. Police were called for a noise complaint, ended up pulling a car over and Ryan ran and hid in a backyard when cops approached the driver. When they found the 20-year old quarterback he smelled like alcohol. He's facing misdemeanor resisting or obstructing an officer and minor in possession of alcohol charges.
Turns out I was wrong. During Mountain West Media Days, Coach Harsin said Ryan is eligible to play and needs the opportunity to go through the process. He's done everything that the university and coaching staff has asked him to do. Harsin added that he feels like they've made the right decision and he's made up for his mistake. His pre-trial hearing has been delayed twice and is now scheduled for September 28th. For those of you wondering that's four games into the Broncos Season.
I totally disagree with the decision. It's setting a bad precedence. Break the law? That's ok, we'll protect you because you're a key player and we need you against Washington and BYU. I don't want to be the moral police and I'm not saying I never drank underage, but if you break the rules you should pay the consequences. With great power, comes great responsibility. In my opinion, Ryan should have to serve some type of suspension at the beginning of the season.
To that my boyfriend says "well, what's he guilty of?" Damn devil's advocate. He's right, Ryan has not yet been proven guilty in a court of law but I stand by my opinion that he should serve some type of suspension for getting arrested in the first place. Suspend Joe Southwick from the bowl game for allegedly peeing off a balcony but let Ryan play in what will most likely be the most watched game of College Football's kick off week? It just doesn't seem right to me. I'm fairly sure other universities (say Ohio State for example) would have suspended a player for getting arrested.
Bronco Nation, what do you think?