FSU Likens P.J. Williams’ Oct 5, 2:30 am Car Crash To An Opossum Falling From A Tree
The New York Times is giving Florida State hell. While FSU and the Tallahassee police have seemingly attempted to inconspicuously whistle and sweep student-athlete transgressions under the rug, the NYT continues to go Jimmy McNulty on their ass.
They've found another story (no wire required).
At 2:27 am on Oct. 5, Seminoles cornerback P.J. Williams reportedly swerved in front of a Honda CRV, driven by another FSU student coming back from Olive Garden (and while you're probably assuming he was there for the free salad and breadsticks, he's actually an employee). Both cars were totaled, according to NYT. Williams then proceeded to leave his car until an hour after the police arrive.
Mr. Williams eventually returned to the scene. But Tallahassee officers did not test him for alcohol. Nor did their report indicate whether they asked if he had been drinking or why he had fled — logical questions, since the accident occurred at 2:37 a.m. The report also minimized the impact of the crash on the driver of the other car, Ian Keith, by failing to indicate that his airbag had deployed — an important detail, because Mr. Keith said in an interview that the airbag had cut and bruised his hands.
Williams was driving with an expired license, hit another car and fled the scene.
His punishment: two whole tickets.
So not only did the police fail to follow the typical procedure upon finding the accident, they also failed to file it correctly, not writing up any documentation of the accident. As the NYT wrote, "By the next day, it was as if the hit and run had never happened." NYT did everything but say that gross negligence of this magnitude must be intentional.
To their credit, the Police have a tendency to ignore cases. So it's hard to say whether they are indiscriminately negligible or just ignoring the football team.
The Florida State officials tried to contextualize why their campus police did not write a report about the off-campus accident.
Florida State dismissed the role of its officers in the episode as too minor to require a report or to be entered into their own online police log, comparing it to an instance when campus officers responded to a baby opossum falling from a tree.
And while a baby opossum is probably very cute animal, this is clearly not like a opossum falling from a tree. Metaphorically speaking, one could connect some dots and say the Williams is the possum and the tree is the precarious structure of "society." But my guess is that's not what Florida State was thinking.
In a way, it's better if this is all a big joke to them. Because if they genuinely think that a car accident involving two of their students requires the same amount of attention as an opossum (and what the hell is an opossum anyways?), they're in serious need of help to reprioritize their love for opossums -- and football.
This piece was one of a few stories by the New York Times about the FSU Seminoles. Perhaps with the Jameis Winston scandal looming, it won't be the last.
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