He drank, he drove -- he loses?

By his own words, UGA athletic director had duty to be smarter

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What's the difference between Damon Evans and Christa Scott?

Well, principally luck.

Both Georgians are suspected of driving under the influence. Scott, though, is accused of barreling through an intersection and killing young gubernatorial intern and Augusta native Jordan Griner.

Evans, the University of Georgia athletic director, got off worlds easier. He was lucky enough not to kill anyone.

Yet, Evans arguably had an even greater obligation than Scott to be smarter than that. As athletic director, he should set an infinitely better example for impressionable young people. Indeed, his passenger in the late-night incident was a 28-year-old Lakeside High grad who was allegedly belligerent enough to be charged with disorderly conduct.

But to take Evans' indiscretions to the hypocritical level, he was also a high-profile advocate of sober driving at UGA, broadcasting messages at home football games imploring fans to be responsible. "If you drink and drive, you lose."

Ironically, he may be about to prove that: How he can survive in such a high-profile, role-model job if guilty of DUI is anyone's guess.

People are human. We get that. But as the years go by, with more and more evidence of the gross negligence and idiocy of drinking and driving, we should expect more of each other.

Especially leaders at institutions of higher learning.

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willie7
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willie7 07/02/10 - 11:00 pm
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Mike Ryan,did you write the
Unpublished

Mike Ryan,did you write the same editorial when Rep. Ben Harbin was caught with a DUI?
I see he is still a State Representative.

Techfan
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Techfan 07/03/10 - 06:11 am
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Ben Harbin: Chairman of the

Ben Harbin: Chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the Georgia House of Representatives. Talk about getting off easy. Maybe Evans should have blamed it on a pedestrian.

55 F-100
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55 F-100 07/03/10 - 06:35 am
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Unless there is an ethics

Unless there is an ethics clause or a morals clause in Damon Evans' contract, he can not be terminated by Michael Adams or the University of Georgia. To do so would be the foundation of Evans' lawsuit for wrongful termination, and Evans could name any financial amount that he desired, and he would win. Don't worry, he will be severely punished........did you not observe the expression on his wife's face at the press conference? And for the Lakeside graduate......"Acting like a loudmouth fool with her panties on the ground"!

FaceTheMusic
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FaceTheMusic 07/03/10 - 07:00 am
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55 F-100 - I disagree with

55 F-100 - I disagree with you about this situation. What jury in GA is going to agree that this man, who was driving drunk, cheating on his wife, and causing an embarrassment to the university system didn't deserve to be fired? He'll be allowed to "resign" within two weeks.

dani
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dani 07/03/10 - 07:03 am
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Another person cheating on

Another person cheating on his/her spouse should be included in the headline.

soldout
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soldout 07/03/10 - 08:13 am
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drinking is bad whether you

drinking is bad whether you drive or not. Why try to effect the wonderful mind that God gave you which can experience more joy and pleasure than any drug can provide.

My Take
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My Take 07/03/10 - 09:03 am
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A bomb goes off in Athens and

A bomb goes off in Athens and president Adams is no where to be
found. All he has to do is read the police report to realize this guy is no longer a role model and fire him by phone.

I don't care if some smart Atlanta lawyer beats the DUI charge for him, he has already stated he had 2 martinis at dinner and 1 with his "friend"
at a martini bar. Also, he can't out run the facts that he was 1 1/2 hours
from home all most a midnight and he had his "friend's" panties between his legs. Then he had the audacidy of hoping that dropping his position as AD at UGA would get him off.
Hummm……..Audacity of Hope would be a good book title, but that hasn’t worked out too well either.

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My Take 07/03/10 - 09:12 am
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55-F-100 I agree with "Face

55-F-100

I agree with "Face the Music". Please tell me how people will react when he comes on the jumbo-tron and tell the fans, "YOU DRINK, YOU DRIVE.........YOU LOSE! He lost man, no other way around it.

GO TO JAIL, DO NOT COLLECT $550,00.00, AND DO NOT PAS GO.

SEE'YA

soldout
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soldout 07/03/10 - 09:21 am
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Our character is what we do

Our character is what we do when we hope no one finds out.

55 F-100
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55 F-100 07/03/10 - 10:31 am
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My post was simply to point

My post was simply to point out that absent an ethics clause or a morals cause, if Evans is terminated by Michael "The King" Adams, then the terms of the contract are broken, and wrongful termination is a guaranteed judgement....DUI or no DUI.......Adultery or No Adultery. I'm not saying that it is right, I'm simply pointing out what contract law is all about. And I reitterate, did you see the expression on Mrs. Evans' face at the press conference? Oh, he will be punished, and that also is a guarantee!

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 07/03/10 - 12:12 pm
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A beautiful, talented young

A beautiful, talented young woman lost her life just last month, after she took her eyes away from the road, for just a few seconds, so she could text someone. The pain still resounds in our community, but tragic as this was, in the end, it comes down to choices, and human fraility. No less tragic are those cases that are mentioned above, but again, the same cause. While I do agree with the AC that we should be smarter, wiser, etc...human fraility is way beyond intervention, as these choices are made by the individual in split seconds. The choice to DUI, the choice to text, the choice to speed, etc...are all made by the individual, and all the education, parenting, peer pressue, and social programming in the world sometimes is simply too little..too late. History has taught us that we can only do our best going forward to continue to educate and reinforce the warnings, and hope in the end, that it was enough to stop someone from taking the risk, and gambling with their life, and that of others.

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condor121 07/03/10 - 02:38 pm
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Not knowing the specifics but

Not knowing the specifics but knowing how careful contracts are being written these days, I would be surprised if there isn't an ethics or morals clause. With all of the antics in the sports world these days, owners and colleges are becoming much more aggressive in this area. I agree with 55 F-100, his greatest punishment will come at the hands of Mrs. Evans....good for her!

Techfan
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Techfan 07/03/10 - 04:26 pm
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sold: Sorry to hit you with

sold: Sorry to hit you with science yet again, but drinking is not bad for you. Excessive drinking is bad, and drinking and driving is definitely is dangerous. Moderate alcohol use can actually be beneficial.

Michael Ryan
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Michael Ryan 07/04/10 - 08:25 am
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