Wiggins: UConn Police Were 'Unfair'

Wiggins: UConn Police Were 'Unfair'

There are 128 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Feb 3, 2008, titled Wiggins: UConn Police Were 'Unfair'. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Doug Wiggins said Saturday he felt racially discriminated against during a Jan. 24 incident with UConn police and said officers used his status as a UConn basketball player as a form of intimidation.

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#1 Feb 3, 2008
Puh-leeze!!! These overgrown babies are the most pampered, most coddled, most protected individuals in the entire state - that includes the governor. They're the athletic department's paychecks; the university's meal tickets.

Stealing other students' laptops would get any other undergrad expelled from UConn, but this crybaby's teammates got the equivalent of a redshirt year away from the team. Same goes for the footballers who got caught doing the drive-by pellet-gun shooting in Willimantic. Going back a bit further, a key player from the early days of the Calhoun regime was notorious for beating up his girlfriends - the UConn constabulary would show up and remove the woman from the scene and that would be the last heard of it.
msrp

Litchfield, CT

#2 Feb 3, 2008
another cry baby minority not willing to take responsibility for his actions. You got caught with alcohol and you are under age. Get over yourself and take responsibility for your actins like a man. I think Calhoun should suspend him again for these comments. This wasnt about race this was about breaking the law. When are people going to stop blaming everyone else and start looking at themselves for their problems?
Irv_Lonstein

Tolland, CT

#3 Feb 3, 2008
He absolutely should be suspended again for these comments.

How about takingn some responsibility for your actions!
A Joke

East Hampton, CT

#4 Feb 3, 2008
Paris Hilton is coming with Jesse Jackson & Al Sharpton....And out Governor Jodi "Flatliner" Rell will call for an Investigation or at least a Blue Ribbon Committee.
Richard

AOL

#5 Feb 3, 2008
He just exposed himself as just another punk.The UConn P.D. could have easily arrested them for the grass outsid eof the car bu they didn't. I guess it's just another case of trying to bring down a successful black man. What about the other two failed tests? He just must have very bad luck.
Well Written

Apopka, FL

#6 Feb 3, 2008
Make it unanymous. Doug, grow up. You do the crime, you do the time.
Dr Zots

Harwinton, CT

#7 Feb 3, 2008
Suspend him. He's an arrogant child who has demonstrated that his tendency to lash out and blame others and ruin others' careers to deflect attention to his behavior.

They gave you a bye on the pot charge, you jerk. Most cops would bust everyone in the car if no one took responsibility for owning the weed. Apparently, he would have thrown his buddy to the wolves to avoid the pot charge that night as well since no one owned up to possession. He should be grateful that he didn't get a dope arrest.

This child has serious problems that will certainly only get worse as he gets older and wealthier.

He's doing his job to set back race relations as well. Nice work, punk.
Mr Common Sense

United States

#8 Feb 3, 2008
So an officer allegedly said "You guys think you can just go around doing whatever you want and get away with it." So what? Do you think you can do whatever you want. We're tired of the black eye Calhoun's basketball punks are giving the university. The team has a great track record of basketball, but also has a terrible track record of obeying rules. I am referring to all seasons in the past few years, not just this one. Thieves get a slap on the writs if they can dribble a ball. Guess what, if Edsall was your coach you would already be off the team. By the way, if he hasn't done so already, Calhoun is goiing to chew you a new one for opening your mouth and going to the press with this garbage. If you have some real allegations of racism, then please present them, but spare us this drivel you have just given us.
Pete

Winsted, CT

#9 Feb 3, 2008
ALL OF YOU CRITICS OF DOUG ARE WRONG!!!!! They were caught in a parked car??? How many students on and around campus are in and around their cars- thousands! It is a NORMAL activity for 20 year old college students! Campus cops take themselves MUCH too seriously, and all of the adult critics are just hypocritical scolds! What those kids did is done on all college campus' every day! You people are why much of the world is such a nasty place!
ftec

United States

#10 Feb 3, 2008
The Law is the Law - Unless your here Ileagly then who cares about stupid laws.

They raised the srinking age for teens but more than ever they are getting killed in car crashes,Did that law work?
sickoftheblackbs

West Hartford, CT

#11 Feb 3, 2008
Why is it that when black kids break the law and get caught its because of discrimination, but when white kids break the law its because they are criminals. Did the white cops plant booze in Wiggins car? Why didn't he pay his speeding ticket, and why did he choose to drive with a suspended license. Who was responsible for failing two drug tests, Wiggins or the UConn police. This kid is a punk, they come in all colors. There he is getting a free education and the way he rewards those who had confidence in him is to act like a punk and when he is caught cry discrimination. Blacks will never be considered equals until they accept the good with the bad. You can't ask to be considered equal and then when you are held to an equal standard that whites are held to cry that you should be held to a lower standard because you are black. Men take responsibility for their actions, punks try to blame the system. Wiggins should lose his scholarship, he ican be replace with a equal talent who will respect his opportunity. He, he will never get it because he grew up blaming the white man for all his problems, when the real culprit is staring back at him in the mirror
holy moly

AOL

#12 Feb 3, 2008
soon he will be rounding up carriages at stop and shop.he would be better off joining the military to better himself
Pete

Winsted, CT

#13 Feb 3, 2008
sickoftheblackbs wrote:
Why is it that when black kids break the law and get caught its because of discrimination, but when white kids break the law its because they are criminals. Did the white cops plant booze in Wiggins car? Why didn't he pay his speeding ticket, and why did he choose to drive with a suspended license. Who was responsible for failing two drug tests, Wiggins or the UConn police. This kid is a punk, they come in all colors. There he is getting a free education and the way he rewards those who had confidence in him is to act like a punk and when he is caught cry discrimination. Blacks will never be considered equals until they accept the good with the bad. You can't ask to be considered equal and then when you are held to an equal standard that whites are held to cry that you should be held to a lower standard because you are black. Men take responsibility for their actions, punks try to blame the system. Wiggins should lose his scholarship, he ican be replace with a equal talent who will respect his opportunity. He, he will never get it because he grew up blaming the white man for all his problems, when the real culprit is staring back at him in the mirror
Obviously YOU were too stupid to be able to have a college experience. Your opinions show how little about real life your acquainted with!
Mr Common Sense

United States

#14 Feb 3, 2008
Calhoun's boot camp for wayward youths doesn't work after graduation anyway. Just ask Eric Hayward.
Mary H

Willimantic, CT

#15 Feb 3, 2008
I'll tell Mr. Wiggins what isn't fair. UConn athletes get full scholarships and the best of everything, especially housing. In the meantime, ordinary students borrow money to pay their way and live in dorms that are a disgrace.

His own words prove that the police acted based on his multiple offenses:

"My first time getting in trouble ... since then, that's when they started talking ... after that, it's gotten worse," Wiggins said.

Hellooo - when you are in repeated trouble, police will start to view you as a troublemaker. Imagine that!

The fact he "felt" discriminated against means zip. Other than holding him accountable for his actions, what did the UConn police do that was racially biased? There is certainly nothing in the article that indicates they were.

Wiggins needs to grow up, be a man and be grateful for the opportunities he has had.
MYSTERIAN

United States

#18 Feb 3, 2008
Waaaaaa...since I got in trouble the first time the cops keep picking on me just cuz I keep getting in trouble...waaaaaa.
Bob from Milford

Bayonne, NJ

#19 Feb 3, 2008
Its a sad situation. Young adults who are not taking responsibility for their actions.A black eye for the university yes but more importantly these two students are sending the wrong message to everyone. I have to disagree with Coach Calhoun . Mr.Hathaway must keep the good of the University above all. In the long run the school would be better off without students playing on teams who do not project a positive image for the University.
Kevin

Chicago, IL

#20 Feb 3, 2008
This guy is making himself sound foolish. The facts speak for themselves in this situation. He was caught driving with a suspended license and was in possesion of alcohol (and possibly marijuana). If this happened to anyone, the police would have treated them just the same. On top of it, this is not his first offense. I am all for giving someone a second chance. I have needed them in my life. But, you must own up to your mistakes. To me, it does not sound like he is doing that. Without admitting your mistakes and moving on, you are not growing and leanring as a person. If I were Calhoun, I would be concerned that he came out and made any comment to the media.
shottie

Shelton, CT

#21 Feb 3, 2008
What? Looking for more problems? Why does it always have to come to a racial issue. Doug, realize you made a mistake, consider yourself lucky to be in a program like UConn; I suggest you make a retraction to that comment. I'm so disappointed in you, I never would have expected it from a UConn athlete.
Jane

AOL

#22 Feb 3, 2008
So...Wiggins, you feel that you were discriminated against. You don't seem to understand that you were breaking the law. Underage drinking is breaking the law. Your teammate also broke the law. Drinking and using marajuana. Is that not also breaking the law? This is not the first time the two of them have been caught, either.

I am so sick of these spoiled athletes breaking the law and then crying discrimination when they get caught and get punished. I guess they feel they are above the law and shouldn't be punished.

They are both wonderful representatives of UConn and set a great example. The problem is not exclusive to UConn but until people, such as Jim Calhoun, stop coddling and catering to these young criminals they will continue to break the law a feel that it's ok.

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