Illini's Jamar Smith Dismissed From Basketball Team
This follows a well publicized incident in February of 2007 in which Smith crashed his car into a tree with teammate Brian Carlwell in the passenger seat. Smith has a BAC of .176. The most disturbing aspect of the story was that Smith, thinking Carlwell was dead, drove home to his apartment and left Carlwell in the vehicle. Ambulances arrived when bystanders called 911 after seeing the car and Carlwell inside.
I simply cannot believe that someone can be so dumb. Smith was given a second chance by Bruce Weber and the University of Illinois and he completely screwed it up. Keep in mind, there are many who believe he should have never been given that second chance. The worst part about this is that if he had just gone home after being told to the first time, he wouldn't be in this predicament. But instead he returned to deal with the police a second and third time. If nothing else, he has shown himself to possess dangerously bad judgment.
The Fighting Illini will certainly be worse on the court with Smith's absence, but the program will better for it. Smith would have been the first convicted felon to play Big Ten basketball. Hardly the kind of history the Illini are looking to make. The verbal abuse he would have had to endure on the road would have driven anyone to the bottle. The Illini and, I believe, Jamar Smith are better off with him out of the program.