This Just In: Longhorn Running Back Ramonce Taylor is Still a Knucklehead UPDATED August 16, 2006Posted by daveintexas in sports.
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas running back Ramonce Taylor, who scored a touchdown in the Longhorns’ Rose Bowl win over Southern California, was arrested early Sunday by Bell County sheriff’s deputies who said they found marijuana in a backpack in his car.
He’s all lawyered up, I wonder what the good barrister has to say about this marijuana?
Taylor’s attorney, Buck Harris of Killeen, said the marijuana was not Taylor’s, The Dallas Morning News reported in its online edition Sunday night.
There you go.
The sheriff first reported that deputies who were responding to calls about a fight involving as many as 100 people found more than five pounds of marijuana in Taylor’s backpack, which would be a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in jail and $10,000 in fines.
100 people? That’s not a fight, that’s a riot.
“Of course it’s not his backpack” according to his attorney. “This backpack is red and has an ‘OU’ logo on it. Ramonce’s backpack is orange with a ‘Longhorn’ logo”.
The local grapevine is busy this morning; there are stories about gambling, and Ramonce losing his Rose Bowl ring in a dispute, one in which he said he’d be back with a gun. Not in the reports yet but I have a feeling there will be some more details in the days ahead.
Taylor grew up in the area, and there’s really nothing new here, sad to say. He graduated from Belton High School, but he started high school football in another school district. They kicked him out, for pretty much the same stupid bad boy behavior. There were also some “incidents” at UT. For a while quarterback and Rose Bowl MVP Vince Young had been unofficially charged with looking out for the lad. Vince mentioned it was a “full-time job”. Recently UT coach Mack Brown had relieved Taylor from spring training responsibilities so he could “focus on his academics”. Perhaps he was just meeting with a study group? Or 99 tutors. And why did the sheriff’s deputies come pay him a visit?
According to the (Bell County) sheriff, deputies received a report at 1:34 a.m. about a large fight at a pecan farm in Little River, a community about 40 miles north of Austin.Deputies also received a call from someone who said they had been at the fight and complained a window on his vehicle had been broken. That caller turned out to be Taylor. (emphasis added)
Well, not very surprising given his track record. More than a few guys I work with had mentioned they didn’t see him finishing his college career at UT, he’d either do something incredibly stupid (like this) or flunk out. Or both, as it seems in this case.Apparently no one explained to him that he needed to wait until he got his multi-million dollar NFL contract before people would excuse him for being a dumb ass.
UPDATE: I forgot to give you the latest. It’s official. He’s gone.