Notre Dame Football: Are we being too harsh on Tommy Rees?

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After reading many message forums, ESPN articles, and other analyst’s columns, I’ve realized something. Are we being too harsh on Tommy Rees?

November 12, 2011; College Park, MD, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Tommy Rees (11) throws a pass against the Maryland Terrapins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

Tommy Rees is a college student, and like most college students across the country, he drinks alcohol. I know its illegal for his age, but let’s face it, that’s what happens in the college life for most students.

Many people want Rees kicked out of team. After just one mistake, people are furious. Most fans and analysts don’t want him as the starting quarterback. And this was happening well before the arrest. Is this what the people/ critics were looking for? It is the perfect excuse for Brian Kelly to say “He’s clearly not going to be the starter because he is irresponsible.”

But look at it this way, do you remember when Michael Floyd was charged with DUI? I don’t recall people going crazy about kicking him off the team? Just because he was a superstar doesn’t mean he gets special attention. That’s not how Notre Dame works. This school has so much rich history and tradition that people shouldn’t have let one star receiver hurt the image of so many great, hard-working players that came before him. I just don;t understand why people are so critical of Rees when they weren’t of Floyd.

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  • pcar504

    The difference is that Floyd did not run or assault a police officer. There is no comparison.

  • SlapTheSign1

    That is unexcusable by Rees, I completely agree with you. But this is also his first time getting arrested, unlike Floyd.
     
    If Floyd assaulted a policeman during his first arrest I don’t think he’d but thwon of the team.
     
    Every situation is different though so we’ll see how this all unfolds for Tommy.

  • SlapTheSign1

    That is inexcusable by Rees, I completely agree with you. But this is also his first time getting arrested, unlike Floyd.
     
    If Floyd assaulted a policeman during his first arrest I don’t think he’d but thwon of the team.
     
    Every situation is different though so we’ll see how this all unfolds for Tommy.

  • pcar504

    Slap The Sign…Michael Floyd had two previous run ins with the police both for underage drinking back in his hometown in MN. It was nowhere near ND. He was home on break drinking with his buddies…and he didn’t assault a police officer.

  • SlapTheSign1

    I guess you’re right, I just don’t like how people are treating Rees because of one dumb decision. Everyone deserves due process. Let’s not jump on him just yet.