The offseason always brings at least one story (and usually more) that involves football players getting in trouble with the law. The San Francisco 49ers are among the first this offseason as reserve offensive lineman Daniel Kilgore was arrested for public intoxication on January 26 in Kingsport, Tennessee.
According to the report, a police officer noticed Kilgore and another guy "staggering on the sidewalk". The officer stopped them and stated in his report that he could smell a strong odor of alcohol, and both men had dilated pupils and red eyes. Yes, they were in fact drunk!
The officer apparently also included in his report that he "arrested both suspects for public intoxication 'for their safety and the welfare of the public.'"
I see two things when I see this kind of thing. The first is to thank the lord that neither was attempting to drive. I suppose they could have gotten a cab or something (I don't know what the cab situation is like in the town of 48,205 people.
But that leads to the other thing. I know I am not the only person who has been stumbling down the street late at night. I was in Las Vegas back when the NBA All Star Game was in town. I was in town on a vacation planned independent of the All Star Game, but I made my way out to a party Saturday night after the skills competition. I left the club about three in the morning, and was basically falling down drunk. And I had two cops simply help me into a cab to get home.
That's one of the differences between this kind of thing in a small town vs. a town used to this kind of thing. In Las Vegas (or San Francisco, or wherever), you have to take things to a significantly higher level to get arrested for public intoxication. The report reads like Kilgore and his buddy were just staggering down the street. If they were peeing on the side of a building or something, I suppose it makes more sense. But if they were just staggering home, I'm assuming this is mostly just some small-town sense.
We'd like people to be stand-up individuals, but 26-year olds are going to do stupid things. And like I said before, at least he wasn't attempting to drive.
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