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Bulldogs' Carr must be held accountable for actions

By Rudy Coggins
Published in Sports on August 4, 2011 1:47 PM

Growing up in a stern household, I distinctly remember a conversation that took place on a sultry, summer evening.

My dad had just gone to bed.

Mom and I were watching TV.

The phone rang.

Mom answered and immediately shook my dad from his slumber.

"You need to take this," mom said.

My late brother had called to let dad know he had been picked up -- not arrested -- by the county sheriff. Although I never completely understood the situation, I knew my brother was "guilty by association" because he was never booked and charged with a crime.

But my dad's question really woke me up.

"Are you in jail?" dad asked. "Well, it's a good thing you aren't. But when you get home, you're in my jail."

Dad always said that if "youdo the crime, you do the time."

My brother was grounded for a significant period of time, and believe me, the punishment didn't go unnoticed by me. I can't say that I've always walked the straight and narrow, but I've definitely kept my nose clean.

In early July, one of North Carolina's best running backs -- Wallace-Rose Hill senior Omar Carr -- was arrested and charged with six felony drug counts. He was held on an $80,000 secured bond and his first court date was continued until Dec. 2.

Everyone has hopped on the blog wagon since Carr's arrest.

Some have crucified the young man.

Others have shown support.

While I don't condone Carr's actions and definitely pray for his family, a lesson must be taught in this situation. School officials say they are conducting their own investigation and will handle the case according to school policy.

Uh, this is a no-brainer.

Carr was caught selling five grams of oxcycodone (10 units) and approximately one gram of ecstasy (three units) to an undercover Warsaw police officer. It's obvious that his innocence will be difficult to prove, especially since he turned himself in once warrants had been issued for his arrest.

The N.C. High School Athletic Association says Carr is still eligible to play football because he was charged -- not convicted -- with a felony.

The right thing to do is deny this young man the opportunity to suit up this fall. Allowing Carr to play sends an unpleasant message to his teammates and will undoubtedly tarnish a community that eats, breathes, sleeps and lives football.

Who wants that reputation?