Chris Parr is one of the leading high school running back prospects in the class of 2010, with schools like Alabama (among others) looking at him. In his first two seasons at La Vega High in Waco, TX, he rushed for 1,762 yards and 18 TDs as a back-up, and this year as a starter, his team are the favorites to take the Class 3A state title. Well, you might want to cancel the ticker tape parade through downtown Waco: Parr was arrested on Wednesday and charged with aggravated assault after allegedly pulling a gun on another teen and stealing his hat and shoes.
Normally, I would never, ever condone robbing someone at gunpoint. However, in this case I would be willing to make an exception due to extenuating circumstances: There’s no way that Parr could possibly go outside with that kind of a bad hair day. Although I would say that his hair compares quite favorably to Nick Nolte or Glen Campbell, so he has that going for him.
If you thought that Friday Night Lights overstated just how insane everyone is about high school football in Texas, consider this: Parr was arrested after his alleged victim told police he knew who his victim was because he played on the La Vega football team. That’s a pretty good example of local celebrity coming back to bite you.
And of course, even though this happened on Wednesday and the team’s season opener is tomorrow, and Parr is being held on $75,000 bond, La Vega head football coach Willie Williams (not this guy, although it’s hard not to hear that name in a story about a football player in trouble with the law and not think of him) said that he can’t comment on whether Parr would play or not.
But the big unsolved mystery here is what kind of hat was so awesome that Parr was allegedly willing to rob someone at gunpoint for it? Maybe it was an LL Cool J-style Kangol, if he was into the retro hip-hop thing, or perhaps a natty pork pie. For the love of Project Runway, let the people know!