Football for future felon

Brandon Jackson, a star receiver, hopes to play football for Lancaster High, reports the Dallas News. But there’s a hitch.

Jackson, who has drawn interest from major college football programs, awaits an Oct. 17 trial on six counts of aggravated robbery, each a first-degree felony punishable by a prison term of five to 99 years or life. According to a police report, Jackson admitted taking part in the robberies of six people at gunpoint during two incidents Jan. 18 in Garland and Mesquite.

Whether he should be allowed to play football while awaiting his trial is the subject of debate.

Really? In Texas?

According to police, Jackson admitted in writing to shooting at a fleeing victim in one robbery and hitting a victim with the gun in another robbery.

His would-be coach says, “Kids are kids . . . you can’t throw away a kid’s life.” Especially if he’s one of the best football players in the state.

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  1. superdestroyer says:

    Go read “Friday Night Lights” and you will begin to understand. Especially enlightening is the chapter on how Dallas Carter cheated to win the state championship and several of their players were later arrested for armed robbery.

    An old joke in Texas is that each university should own a 7-11 as a recruitment tool so that the football player have something to rob.

  2. Engineer-Poet says:

    Texas now allows CCW.  How soon will we see someone’s star football player shot dead (or crippled) by their victim during an attempted robbery?

    There is a way to get rid of this problem, and that’s to force school districts to keep their “athletes” on the straight and narrow or remove them from eligibility.  Shut down programs which retain criminals.  Will the legislature do this?  When pigs fly, I expect.

  3. Kids will be kids? I thought that applied to an occassional fight, “tp-ing” a house, or even swiping a ruler from someone’s desk. I never even thought of putting armed robbery into the equation.

    Yes, kids will be kids, but if they aren’t disciplined for being “kids”, they will always remain so. We don’t have to “take away a kid’s life” for committing robbery, but for gosh sakes, can’t we at least ban him from playing football? Allowing him to play will take away the only leverage we have in teaching him a lesson.

    On the other hand, he probably will be learning the lesson of modern life if we just let him off the hook, which is that there is a different system of justice for those who can “play”.

  4. Jack Tanner says:

    ‘”Kids are kids,” Jackson said. “Sometimes they make bad decisions. But you can’t throw away a kid’s life.”

    Principal Phill Randle and Lancaster ISD Superintendent Dr. Larry D. Lewis said they support coach Jackson’s stance.’

    There’s three people who should be out the door tomorrow. Talk about screwed up priorities. Not playing football is throwing a kid’s life away but not disciplining him for alleged armed robbery isn’t? Better yet, fire them today.

  5. Walter E. Wallis says:

    On the other hand, if they catch him praying before the game…

  6. His would-be coach says, “Kids are kids . . . you can’t throw away a kid’s life.” Especially if he’s one of the best football players in the state.

    Criminals are criminals.

    And if that coach wants his heart to bleed for someone, how about the following lives thrown away:

  7. On the other hand, if they catch him praying before the game…

    To Jesus or to Allah? Or to the almighty God of Football?

  8. That would be hysterical if it wasn’t true.

    Maybe they could suspend him for “unsportsmanlike behavior” for shooting at a fleeing victim. That’d teach him a lesson.

    I’m not sure what it would be for actually murdering the victim, though.

    And since we’re talking about throwing away the kid’s life, didn’t he just do it himself? Several times over?

  9. Yes, he threw his own life away. Once the courts finally get around to trying him, it sounds like he won’t be playing football for 20 years or so – unless they allow it in the prison exercise yard. What I see to be happy about in this situation is that, at last, the authorities seem to be treating a football-playing criminal the same as other criminals.

    But in the meantime, remember “innocent until proven guilty”.

  10. Mike in Texas says:

    I remember a case about ten years ago where a local high school welcomed back a kid who had gone to jail for assaulting another student at school

    Of course, he was considered a star on the football team and the opinion of all the coaches and the school supt. was that he had paid his debt. 3 weeks later there was a huge protest when he was arrested at football practice for armed robbery. Many people thought the police had a lot of nerve for interrupting football practice for something as trivial as an armed robbery arrest. This same school district now has a $900, 000 instant reply sign for their stadium, but hey, there WERE state champions a few years ago.

  11. I think back a lot of years to my high school days. I went to a medium sized high school in a farming community in Ohio. If you wanted to play football, you had to keep a C average. You had to have good character. Mess up and you were off the team. One would think that we would have had a lousy team. Au Contraire. The team went undefeated for over 4 years. My senior year in 10 games we had 14 points scored against us and the team scored over 450 points. In some of those games the other team did not even get past their own 40 yard line.

    My point is that it is possible to have standards and still be a winner. The systems who cut the corners too much really shortchange the student athletes and their communities. I really wonder what the value of a winning season that was the result of having a team of criminals out there. After all, the point our teachers made to us was that we were representatives of our school and we should live up to that. When the teams played out of town, they dressed neatly and went on the team bus. They behaved themselves, no questions asked. Being on the team meant something and you had to live up to it.

    Has our society really fallen to far that these standards are too much to ask of our student athletes? If so, then we really do have skewed values IMNSHO!!