Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Rodgers Gets 15

Fifteen months, that is. As in probation. As you may recall, in late May Packers rookie WR Cory Rodgers was arrested on charges of firing a couple shots into the air outside a Fort Worth bar. A fight had broken out and Rodgers' action was apparently designed to scare off some men who had surrounded him.

Let's hear from Jeff Kearney, Rodgers' attorney, on how it all went down (as quoted in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram): "I think our investigation and the DA's investigation both indicated that, when he discharged the firearm, he didn't fire at or in the direction of anyone," Kearney said. "He simply fired into the air to end a situation that was somewhat tense and to disperse the crowd - and it worked." A-duhhhh.

Rodgers plea-bargained to a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully carrying a firearm. If Rodgers completes his probation with no further problems, his case will be dismissed and a conviction won't appear on his record. He was fined $500. After the football season, Rodgers must also perform 80 hours of community service with at-risk youth.

It is unclear what, if any, action the NFL might take with Rodgers.

As Ken Herrera, Houston native and current WTMJ620 (Milwaukee) radio morning host noted about this (paraphrasing), in Texas if you're breathing you can get a gun license. Clearly, Rodgers didn't take advantage of his gun breathing rights. If only...he might have been able to join Vice President Cheney on one of those staged bird hunts and really shoot somebody...and not even get probation!