Bellotti Always Was Players Coach Athletic Director

John Hunt and Jeff Smith of the PORTLAND OREGONIAN have an informative follow to the news of Oregon football player LaMichael James‘ incarceration:

Mike Bellotti and LaMichael James

(”We do a very good job educating those young men on the right things to do“)

James has been charged with fourth-degree assault, which is a misdemeanor that carries a potential one-year prison term, as well as with strangulation and menacing, both misdemeanors. He will be arraigned this afternoon.

According to Sgt. Tom Borchers of the Springfield Police Department, James was taken into custody Tuesday, a day after getting into a fight with his girlfriend.

James’ girlfriend, according to the police report, said the running back grabbed her around the neck and pushed her to the ground. She complained of pain to her neck and of abrasions from being pushed down in a parking lot.

This isn’t the first time James has been charged by cops with a form of battery. Before signing with the Oregon football program, James faced charges in 2008 of disorderly conduct and third-degree battery in Texas. The claims were dropped in 2009.

Now for the delightful response of Oregon Athletic Director Mike Bellotti to James and other legal problems currently facing Oregon football players:

I think we do a very good job of trying to educate those young men and young women as to the right things to do. And sometimes people make mistakes. We’ll let the legal system run its course and then obviously we’ll step in and do what’s necessary.

Sounds like Bellotti is bound, determined and willing travel to the end of the earth to get to the very bottom of ‘The O.’s’ myriad legal ensnarlments.

Please indulge me as I wish Coach Bellotti a very happy and healthy Opposite Day.

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