Maurice Clarett Tells FSU Players He Wanted To Die In A Shootout With Cops
August 20 / Jake O'Donnell / SportsGrid
Maurice Clarett shouldn't be alive. That's not our take -- that's straight from the guy's mouth.
"I wanted to have a shootout," the former Ohio State running back told an auditorium full of Florida State football players. "With the purpose of me basically killing myself."
In August of 2006, Clarett lead Columbus PD on a high-speed chase that ended when he drove over a spike strip. After subduing the agitated 22-year-old, police found a katana (that's a sword, FYI), a loaded AK-47 and two handguns (also loaded), which, when combined with his pending case for an aggravated robbery just six months earlier, was enough to send him to jail for three-and-a-half years.
Clarett thinks all that could've been avoided had he been more open to the idea of growing up, whether that meant taking school seriously or being comfortable with an identity that didn't revolve around football. His goal is to impart this wisdom -- much of which he says he gleaned from "real talk" in prison -- to young athletes who lack the perspective he wishes he'd had a decade ago.
"If you get on campus and basically play until the end of Florida State, and you got a real education -- not no bullshit classes -- that's cool."
It's no coincidence that Clarett came to FSU to speak about being responsible citizens. Multiple Seminoles have been in the news for domestic violence incidents (on more than once occasion) since the end of the 2014 season, giving the program a nasty reputation for having particularly misanthropic players. Glad to see the school is taking tangible steps towards fixing what appears to be a systemic behavioral problem.
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