I’m not going to condone the behavior (or habits) of Brandon James and basketball player Brandon Powell. I’m not going to overreact and judge them, either, like so many are doing out there in Cyberspace.
Yes, marijuana (selling or consuming) is against the law. They were busted for each trying to buy $20 worth of marijuana from undercover cops. It’s not a minor deal; it’s not a major one either. What it was was a mistake that they will likely pay for with a suspension of games. From a legal standpoint, there’s a good chance both will plead no contest and the felony charges will ultimately be dropped. The damage is to their reputation, which probably isn’t fair considering how many college students purchase and consume marijuana (just like they’ve been doing since the 1960s).
James is the latest of several football players to fall into trouble since the national championship game on Jan. 8.
Have the Gators suddenly gone bad? Has Urban Meyer lost control? Of course not.
I think a big part of the problem is this: the lack of senior leadership on this young and unproven team is showing. This kind of stuff wasn’t happening the past two years when the Gators had strong and stern leadership from the veteran players. In light of these recent incidents, some leaders need to emerge or this could be a tough year (on and off the field).