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Friday, January 08, 2010

Sad Case at Tennessee

Another gun case. All-America candidate Tyler Smith was kicked off the team because of a felony gun-possession charge.

Yikes.

What is compelling these young men -- in college and in the NBA -- to carry guns? Is their safety that much in jeopardy? There has to be a back story here -- do they believe that their lives are in danger?

Much has been written about Smith, his transfer back to Tennessee, the death of his father, his decision to stay in school, etc. Unfortunately, his actions just wrote the epitaph on his career at Tennessee. What will stick in everyone's mind for a while is how his career ended.

What a shame. What a waste.

It took Tyler Smith years to build a trademark and a career at Tennessee. It took several hours of bad decisionmaking to destroy both.

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