Well this isn’t exactly the rumors you’ve come to expect from this site but, I had to write about this. Apparently Florida Marlins ace, Dontrelle Willis, was arrested this morning on for allegedly driving while drunk. How did the officer know he was drunk? I’m so glad you asked.
Apparently, "An officer saw the former NL rookie of the year stop his black Bentley in the South Beach neighborhood, get out of the car around 4:30 a.m. and urinate in the street. Miami Beach police spokesman Bobby Hernandez said the officer noticed signs of intoxication as he approached Willis, who failed a field sobriety test."
That’s right, he pissed in the street. A 24 year old star baseball player making millions of dollars, managed to get himself arrested by peeing in the street. Fantastic. I’ve always been a fan of Willis’ play and personality on the field but this is simply unacceptable. For the life of me, I will never understand how a millionaire doesn’t simply call himself a limo. If you know you’re going out drinking, hire one before you leave! Sure it’s not your smooth looking Bently, but for crying out loud, its a LIMO! There’s simply never a situation in which anyone, not to mention a millionaire star player, can explain getting behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated.
In this case, Willis was lucky and didn’t kill anyone. In St. Louis, it doesn’t matter even if you DO kill someone. Star defenseman, Leonard Little, drove drunk and killed Susan Gutweiler, a wife and mother, and got off with 90 days in a city workhouse and 4 years probation. He’s still a millionaire star player and that woman is dead. Not only that, but Little was AGAIN arrested for drunken driving six years after causing that lethal accident. And yet, every Sunday, Rams fans all around St. Louis cheer for a murderer.
In my mind, Dontrelle Willis just fired a gun straight into a crowd. Luckily everyone got out of the way, however, actions such as this should NOT be tollerated by our society. I’m certainly no longer a fan of Willis and likely never will be. Unfortunately for people like Susan Gutweiler, star athletes will continue to praised and adorred by millions of fans (including judges and juries) no matter what their actions cost the rest of "normal" society.