USC recruit sentenced to four years i...

USC recruit sentenced to four years in prison

There are 34 comments on the LA Daily News story from Sep 25, 2008, titled USC recruit sentenced to four years in prison. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

USC recruit Maurice Simmons was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday after being found guilty of participating in a robbery.

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optimistic

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Sep 25, 2008
It's a shame simmons did not wait until he was actually admitted to Sc that way he could have benefited from Pete's way of hgandling discipline in -house might have gotten some extra laps to run after practice and and reduced side line passes eh?
Shinjo

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#2 Sep 25, 2008
It's a shame UCLA did not land Simmons, he would have been a great replacement for Eric Scott.
optimistic wrote:
It's a shame simmons did not wait until he was actually admitted to Sc that way he could have benefited from Pete's way of hgandling discipline in -house might have gotten some extra laps to run after practice and and reduced side line passes eh?
Bobby P

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Sep 25, 2008
How could a college even "consider" allowing someone on probation for felony robbery to be admitted? It certainly shows where their priorities lie. A college degree isn't what it used to be, that's for sure.

“USC=Greatest team of BCS era!”

Since: Aug 08

Burn, baby, burn!

#4 Sep 25, 2008
Bobby P wrote:
How could a college even "consider" allowing someone on probation for felony robbery to be admitted? It certainly shows where their priorities lie. A college degree isn't what it used to be, that's for sure.
A) He was recruited and admitted BEFORE he fouled up his life. PC and USC can't control what these kids do before they get to campus.

B) Are you saying that anyone convicted of a crime shouldn't be allowed to rehabilitate themselves and seek out an education? There are plenty of people out there who've been given a second chance and have done alright. I'd rather they be given the opportunity to rise up out of that life than be condemned to it.
Bobby P

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Sep 25, 2008
CPEM wrote:
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A) He was recruited and admitted BEFORE he fouled up his life. PC and USC can't control what these kids do before they get to campus.
B) Are you saying that anyone convicted of a crime shouldn't be allowed to rehabilitate themselves and seek out an education? There are plenty of people out there who've been given a second chance and have done alright. I'd rather they be given the opportunity to rise up out of that life than be condemned to it.
A) The article states: "Several colleges expressed interest in Maurice Simmons if he received probation"... i.e. AFTER his conviction.

B) I'm saying it's insulting that a college would offer the priviledge of a scholarship to a convicted felon football player rather than a law-abiding hard-working student. It shows the schools' priorities... They aren't doing it to help "rehabilitate" him.

“USC=Greatest team of BCS era!”

Since: Aug 08

Burn, baby, burn!

#8 Sep 25, 2008
Bobby P wrote:
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A) The article states: "Several colleges expressed interest in Maurice Simmons if he received probation"... i.e. AFTER his conviction.
Ahh... that'll teach me to RTFA for next time.
B) I'm saying it's insulting that a college would offer the priviledge of a scholarship to a convicted felon football player rather than a law-abiding hard-working student. It shows the schools' priorities... They aren't doing it to help "rehabilitate" him.
So you'd rather the schools all turn their back on him? Considering the circumstances of this specific case, I don't believe it to be insulting. He's getting hit with a felony because of the actions of his passenger when he got out of the car. Had they done a beer run instead, it wouldn't be a felony. Once the boy has paid his debt to society, then his debt should be considered paid. Further punishment (as you advocate for) will only increase the likelihood of recidivism.

Maybe a fair compromise would be for the schools to all tell him to get his shyt straight, go to a juco for two years, and if he's all squared away, he could transfer over. That will give the schools enough of a buffer zone in case the guy screws up again, and it allows the kid to show everyone that he's grown up. Guess we'll never know since he's being sent to Criminal College instead. That's too bad.
Bobby P

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Sep 25, 2008
CPEM wrote:
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Ahh... that'll teach me to RTFA for next time.
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So you'd rather the schools all turn their back on him? Considering the circumstances of this specific case, I don't believe it to be insulting. He's getting hit with a felony because of the actions of his passenger when he got out of the car. Had they done a beer run instead, it wouldn't be a felony. Once the boy has paid his debt to society, then his debt should be considered paid. Further punishment (as you advocate for) will only increase the likelihood of recidivism.
Maybe a fair compromise would be for the schools to all tell him to get his shyt straight, go to a juco for two years, and if he's all squared away, he could transfer over. That will give the schools enough of a buffer zone in case the guy screws up again, and it allows the kid to show everyone that he's grown up. Guess we'll never know since he's being sent to Criminal College instead. That's too bad.
Where I come from, a scholarship to a prestigious college is a priviledge, not a right. Explain to all of the law-abiding students that want/need the free ride at USC that their spot was given to a convicted felon still on probation because they don't want him to suffer "further punishment".

“ No Moe Mr Nice Guy”

Since: Jul 08

United States

#10 Sep 25, 2008
CPEM wrote:
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Ahh... that'll teach me to RTFA for next time.
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So you'd rather the schools all turn their back on him? Considering the circumstances of this specific case, I don't believe it to be insulting. He's getting hit with a felony because of the actions of his passenger when he got out of the car. Had they done a beer run instead, it wouldn't be a felony. Once the boy has paid his debt to society, then his debt should be considered paid. Further punishment (as you advocate for) will only increase the likelihood of recidivism.
Maybe a fair compromise would be for the schools to all tell him to get his shyt straight, go to a juco for two years, and if he's all squared away, he could transfer over. That will give the schools enough of a buffer zone in case the guy screws up again, and it allows the kid to show everyone that he's grown up. Guess we'll never know since he's being sent to Criminal College instead. That's too bad.
Jeez, you really wan't this kid on your team don't you ? forget it, he's a punk and a criminal. He had his chance, and he blew it big time. To hell with him, next candidate please.

“USC=Greatest team of BCS era!”

Since: Aug 08

Burn, baby, burn!

#11 Sep 25, 2008
Bobby P & Just-Rog,

The article said "some colleges" but it didn't specify which. I'm sure USC was no longer interested after he was convicted. I, however, don't believe in writing someone off after one mistake. If he can prove himself worthy, then let him play. Take it for what you will.
laker fan in vegas

AOL

#12 Sep 25, 2008
Socialist72 wrote:
Rapist quarterback and now this
What an idiot you are, your comments are childish and I don't argue with children!! Get a life and grow up. Better yet, find GOD!!!
King Biscuit

Claremont, CA

#14 Sep 25, 2008
Yep it's all about the almighty $. Let's face it, football (and other sports) bring a tremendous amount of money to these rah rah schools.

“ No Moe Mr Nice Guy”

Since: Jul 08

United States

#15 Sep 25, 2008
CPEM wrote:
Bobby P & Just-Rog,
The article said "some colleges" but it didn't specify which. I'm sure USC was no longer interested after he was convicted. I, however, don't believe in writing someone off after one mistake. If he can prove himself worthy, then let him play. Take it for what you will.
Seems to me your a fair person and have a good heart. But I'd like to add, that if you've got talent to play ball and schools are interested in you, you keep your nose clean and stay out of situations that would compromise your ticket. Unfortunately this kid didn't, and looked what happened. Four years aint that long, and with time off with good behavior he'll be out early.

If Simmons is given a second chance I hope he utilizes the oppotunity wisely and stays out of trouble. Maybe this latest incident will be a wake uo call for him. I thought about what you said, and your right, everybody does deserve a second chance.
Man from Colton

United States

#16 Sep 25, 2008
Nice choice USC, I heard you second selection was Jeffrey Dahmer for tight end. Boneheads
lou

Sherman Oaks, CA

#17 Sep 25, 2008
it's the stupid publics fault for attending these events inundated with ghetto thugs, what do they major in? ever listen to them speak...'se wat um sain;'' tis b duve'
Old Buzzard

Ketchikan, AK

#18 Sep 25, 2008
It's hard to live in a ghetto and not be contaminated by the undercurrents of discontent and despair that so often occur when opportunity seems always out of reach. That being said, many do make it out clean as a result of strong moral leadership from their family. Others, without that advantage, really have little hope of raising themselves up by their own bootstraps. I hope he's let back in and gets the example of a good moral coach as a pattern for his future.
R U Serious

Cerritos, CA

#19 Sep 25, 2008
Shinjo wrote:
It's a shame UCLA did not land Simmons, he would have been a great replacement for Eric Scott.
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Hey Mr. S.U.C fan. It's half time in Oregon, are you having loose stools yet?? Just remember, one loss and it's a bad season and two loses and it a nightmare.
THEMOMMA

San Pedro, CA

#20 Sep 25, 2008
GOOOOOOOO BEAVERS !!!!!!!!!!
R U Serious

Cerritos, CA

#21 Sep 25, 2008
Pete Carroll looks a little peaked.
R U Serious

Cerritos, CA

#22 Sep 25, 2008
Perfect season, National Championship, Sanchez for Heisman..........NOT!!!!!!!! Now all you S.U.C fans go go throw up your dinner.
THEMOMMA

San Pedro, CA

#23 Sep 25, 2008
GOOOOOOO BEAVERS !!!!!!!!!!

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