Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Xavier Hicks Jr....Again??

You wonder if this cat has just used up his 9th and final life as a member of the WSU program. Xavier Hicks JR (yes, that Xavier Hicks Jr) was arrested on Monday afternoon while driving with a suspended license. If you are scoring at home, that's now strike number four for the guy who just can't seem to stay out of the way of the law.

Now, to be fair, this isn't exactly the biggest offense in the world. I'm no lawyer, but from what I have heard, driving with a suspended license in the 3rd degree, as he was charged, is actually pretty common. This isn't a DUI, or assault, or anything like that. Basically he was driving a car when he shouldn't, Pullman's finest spotted him, and the rest is now history.

As to what this means for the young man's future, well, we'll find out when the team's Unity Council has done their thing. Is this the last straw? Who knows. But even though the latest mistake isn't that big of a deal, maybe it's time to look at the entire body of work and see someone making poor decision after poor decision? Remember:

1) Credit-card theft and rubbing alcohol in a teammate's contacts holder, which could have been extremely dangerous. Assault, 45 days in jail.
2) Arrested for leaving jail by driving with a suspended license.
3) Failed to show up for a work release program, and put back in jail as a consequence.

Now the latest mistake. It must be frustrating for Paul Wulff, that's for damn sure. Wulff went out of his way last year to praise Hicks on a few occasions, saying how much progress he had made in the year and how he was becoming an important leader of the team.

I know I believe in second chances, as many of you do as well. But when you are now on the fourth issue of making a poor decision where the police are involved yet again, you've got to wonder if it's example-setting time.

That's it for today. Enjoy your Wednesday, and GO COUGS!


Anonymous said...

Good gracious. How can they do anyting other than boot him off the team? When is it enough is enough. How does he decide to get behind the wheel when he has already been in jail for it. I don't understand the thinking. It is a bad pattern of choices.

Allen said...

This is on the same level as a speeding ticket. Take away the history of this guy, and would this be a big deal at all?

sedihawk said...

Of course not. And therin lies the problem. This is strike four for a guy who has to know by now he probably shouldn't be behind the wheel. It is a pattern that isn't good, no matter how you spin it. God knows I would love to see him out there starting week one, but where do they draw the line?

'03CouveCoug said...

Unfortunately, I think Wulff has to set an example. In this case, 4 strikes and you're out! You just can't keep making the same mistake over and over and expect to get away with it because you're a decent football player. This may be what it takes for Hicks to finally learn that there are consequences to his actions, which will serve him much better for the rest of his life than one more year on a team that will likely be crappy with or without him.

Hell, it's probably moot. If Hicks is kicked off the team, he'll likely get one more chance at a FCS school anyway and the lesson will be lost.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Allen. This is MINOR, MINOR, MINOR. Who cares if he doesn't have his license. Probably shouldn't drive, but it's NOT a big deal. This doesn't make him a bad person. Slap on the wrist and forget about it.

Anonymous said...

I hate to say it, but it's time to let Xavier go. He's a stain on the program, and pretty clearly isn't ready to change his ways. Bye bye X.

Mike said...

I know Xavier, he is a good guy who made a bad decision. I also know its his fourth time in trouble but a few game suspension is better suited than to kick him off the team. Not only that but he is a bright spot on our ailing defense and we cannot afford to lose him to some small school.

Sedihawk said...

Mike, really glad to hear Hicks is a great guy. Now that Wulff confirmed Hicks will be back, hopefully all this is left in the past and he makes good choices from here on out. Next to Mattingly he's by far the best defensive player on the roster, so we're really going to need him!