I feel better about Marcus Roberson's ability to live up to Janoris Jenkins' legacy now that I know that Roberson was cited for underage alcohol possession in September, according to a report by Rachel George in the Orlando Sentinel.
Roberson, 19, was arrested by the University Police Department on Sept. 14 in the parking lot of the Springs Complex, which are residence halls on campus. According to the notice to appear, Roberson had a bottle of Four Loko.
He was charged with possession of alcohol by a person under 21 years of age, a misdemeanor. Roberson is being represented by Huntley Johnson, a Gainesville attorney who frequently represents UF athletes. Johnson entered a plea of not guilty on Sept. 28. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Nov. 7.
Allow me to translate that for you.
- Roberson was arrested for drinking in the parking lot of Springs on a Wednesday night.
- Roberson was drinking a Four Loko, which means he is probably not completely acculturated to drinking alcohol that isn't neon-colored as of yet.
- Roberson being repped by Huntley Johnson means that he's probably not going to face any serious punishment beyond what he's already likely dealt with from Will Muschamp.
- Alcohol possession is kind of minor, part one: Considering that Frankie "DUI With An Open Bottle of Crown Royal in My Car" Hammond was one of Florida's team captains for the Tennessee game (PDF) three days after Roberson's arrest, I don't think Roberson has to worry about his long-term future with Florida.
- Alcohol possession is kind of minor, part two: Matt Elam, twice arrested for underage alcohol possession, tweeted "Never make the same mistake twice. It shows a lack of character!" this morning.
So, yes, this is disappointing, in that I would think Florida's football players would know by now to either avoid alcohol while underage (some people do this!) or avoid cops while drinking alcohol while underage (many, MANY people do this). But as far as ramifications go? Roberson's probably already done with them in Muschamp's eyes, and the law won't be too harsh.