I am sick and tired of everone bashing Pearl. As far as I am aware he has not been accused of running a dirty program where he has coached before, so lay off.
The real sad part of this mess is the four young men perhaps blowing up thier futures with this stupid act.
I can only hope that when the dust and bullsh-t has settled, at least some of the boys can salvage their lives.
I don't like to play the race card but I really doubt that the Knoxville police would have treated the traffic stop the same if it had been four white old ladies that they had stopped. I really think the claim of smelling pot in a car as an excuse of searching without a warrant is a law that should be revised.
This law or lack therof gives far too much leverage to a young officer who doesn't like the appearance of the occupants of a vehicle. This can happen to any of us if the officer so desires and it is hard if not impossible to prove his intent if it is justified or not.
In this case it may have been justified for the officer to act as he did but the power to do as he did is not justified.
There is no use of battering Pearl. To my knowledge, there is no record of him running a dirty program at any school where he has coached.
The really sad part of this is four very young men possibly ruining their lives with this stupid act. We should remember a good portion of these boys come from rough backgrounds without the good family support and examples that many of us were fortunate enough to have. Two of the young men's fathers are deceased. Much has been made of the teardrop tattoo on Smith's face but the fact is the tattoo was done as a tribute to his father who died from cancer (as featured by ESPN when it was done) and was not done as a gang symbol of who he killed, etc.
We can only hope that somehow these young men will come out of this without their futures being ruined and that they learn a serious lesson on what and what not to do in the future.