Iowa defensive back Shaun Prater’s citation for drunken driving early Saturday morning has provided fodder for some Internet sites devoted to sports.
Sportsbybrooks.com and fanhouse.com had their own slants on Prater’s arrest. Both were caused by this line in the Gazetteonline.com story on Prater’s arrest:
Prater told police his bartender “must have put alcohol in his Coca-Cola,” the report said.
This take at the venerable sportsbybrooks.com site was penned by one of the creators of just-as-venerable (and unsanctioned) Hawkeyes-related site, blackheartgoldpants.com.
It suggests an undercover bartender from Minnesota is undoubtedly to blame, and that’s only where the accusations begin. Draw your own conclusions. The link:
At fanhouse.com — which now employs former Chicago Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti — this was suggested:
Well, yes, Shaun, that’s what happens when you ask the bartender for a Jack and coke. He pours a shot or two into the bottom of a glass filled with ice, then fills the rest with Coca-Cola. Frankly, when this happens I accuse the bartender of spiking my whiskey.
I hesitated and hesitated some more before posting this. OWI’s aren’t funny, not in the slightest. But these people aren’t making light of the charge, they’re making fun of the excuse given. There is a difference.
Are these posts in poor taste and am I wrong to give them attention, or is 19-year-old Prater fair game for his remark? He has been suspended indefinitely by his coach, Kirk Ferentz, by the way.
What do you think?