Just kids having fun, right?
I made it through the police report and it’s pretty sad. One thing that struck me: when the police plucked Justin Feagin from Schembechler Hall on July 23rd and hauled him to the station, the cops told the sophomore he could leave any time, “did not have to speak” and that he wouldn’t be arrested (at least not then). Despite this, he went ahead and apparently told them everything.
I’m not sure whether he knew this was the end of the line or just didn’t understand the gravity of what he was admitting. Whatever it was, he might have saved Michigan a lot a hassle by coming clean. Once Rodriguez learned what was said he no doubt summoned Jon Falk to clean out Feagin’s locker.
Feagin claims he was doing another student a solid—trying to help him out of financial trouble by getting him some coke to resell. Dude, how about collecting some pop cans? But enough on Feagin who’s obviously got some stuff to work out, I assume will have some legal battles ahead and blew the opportunity at a first class education. Sad stuff for a young guy.
Beyond the obvious misread on Feagin’s character by those who brought him to Ann Arbor, here’s hoping that this incident inspires a little more self-policing within the team. A few names of current teammates are mentioned in the report (they’re not involved with the bad stuff) and I’m guessing they knew about what was going on, or at least knew that Feagin was the target of Fire Starter. Let’s hope that the next time there’s an off-field incident the seniors and Rodriguez know about it before the cops show up at Schembechler Hall asking questions.