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Don't Be Surprised if Lazear...

With the beginning of the signing period two days away, don't be surprised if one-time All-Met LB Pat Lazear signs with West Virginia. The Mountaineers continued to recruit Lazear throughout the fall as he awaited trial for the robbery of a Bethesda Smoothie King.

Lazear eventually pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and was sentenced 10 days in jail and 30 days of house arrest with a 10-year sentence suspended.

Many colleges stopped pursuing Lazear, but West Virginia kept its offer on the table.

By Josh Barr  | February 5, 2007; 4:39 PM ET
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Comments

He's lucky to have a second chance; I surely hope he realizes that and doesn't blow this opportunity.

I don't know the kid, but I never got the impression from following the case that there was true remorse. The lengthy interview in the Post earlier in the Fall really gave him an opportunity to demonstrate remorse for his actions--he failed to deliver.

I hope he has since demonstrated some leadership skills, particularly towards the youth in the community.

Posted by: James | February 6, 2007 9:07 AM | Report abuse

What a jackass

Posted by: rob | February 6, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Are we shocked by this revelation that Lazear will be headed to West Virginia. Look at previous stars from that school, Pacman Jones and Chris Henry, who get arrested or in legal trouble on a weekly occurrence. Lazear is just continuing on with that lawlessness tradition

Posted by: Joel | February 6, 2007 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I know all of you people posting negative comments on Lazear are perfect. Come on people, he is a kid and we give people a second chance in this country. My God, Marion Barry gets re-elected every four years whether or not he is in jail or not.

Rob - come on man.
Joel - did you do anything stupid in HS.

There have been MANY kids who have been found guilty of bigger offenses playing football, basketball or baseball in this area that did not make the news because they were from poorer areas or they weren't very good. This was a juicy news story because Lazaer is a very good football player. Give the kid a break.

Posted by: Neal | February 6, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

No, I did not do anything stupid in high school. I have not tasted a sip of alcohol, gotten in trouble with the law, and done any type of drug.

Posted by: Joel | February 7, 2007 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Wow, you must really be fun to hang with.

Posted by: Neal | February 7, 2007 9:10 AM | Report abuse

I'm not shocked by your comments because the sarcastic tone you are trying to convey shows your lack of moral reasoning. The assumption that I cannot have fun without the use of drugs or alcohol is such a far-fetched stereotype and is a problem that continues to perpetuate itself in athletics, where these individuals are treated like royalty. Just like Lazear, a guy like Ike Whitaker is a great example of the negative impacts of being a star athlete. When his Hokies were in Atlanta for the Chick Fil-A bowl, Whitaker was in rehab dealing with alcohol problem developed in part to his celebrity as a star athlete. However, in the case of Whitaker, he had the knowledge to fix his own problems and not let himself spiral out of control. By giving a second chance to Lazear, the message has been sent that if your a star athlete, your going to be given a second, third, even fourth chance to continue in pursuing your dreams.

Posted by: Joel | February 7, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Joel,

Are you serious. You are a fool. Pat Lazaer is an exceptional athlete from a wealthy, upper class school who helped his friends plan a robbery at an ice cream joint. The store was manned by a firend of theirs who was in on the crime. NO ONE WAS EVER PHYSICALLY THREATENED, the toy gun was a prop to help convince the police that the boy in the store was a part of the crime. If this happens in PG, DC or any other urban area, it is not even on page 9 of the Metro section. There were three Richard Montgomery HS kids from a low income housing district who were involved in a robbery in which one of the boys SHOT the attendant. These kids were allowed to play and there was never a mention in any local paper.
You guys who want to crucify Lazaer are hypocrites and need to pull your head out of the sand and realize that this story was blown up by the media.

Have you ever meet Pat Lazaer, I have, I coached against him and he killed us, after the game, he came over and thanked us for the opportunity to play against his team and shook every kids hand and called every adult Sir.

Posted by: Neal | February 7, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Well Neal, just becuase a kid is polite does not make him a good kid. My kids played in the same youth football league with Pat Lazear who did not give anyone the time of day unless they could do something for him or his football career, especially the younger boys who looked up to him because of his athletic ability. Furthermore, Pat Lazear was given a second chance after he stole a credit card and used it to buy a pair of sneakers in 2004 -- I guess he didn't learn his lesson. Your comments to Joel did seem very sarcastic -- just becuase he does not drink, take drugs or become involved in illegal activity does not make Joel(or anyone) a dull boy. West Virginia's prusuit and signing of Pat Lazear is setting a bad example for today's youth. Yes, there are other people (men and women) who do things and are still rewarded with scholarships -- it has been going on for years -- if no one is held accountable for their actions and made an example of, when will it end? Since my sons knew Pat Lazear I have tried to use this as a learning experience with them. Hopefully not all kids will follow in Pat Lazears footsteps.

Posted by: Players Mom | February 21, 2007 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Well Neal, just becuase a kid is polite does not make him a good kid. My kids played in the same youth football league with Pat Lazear who did not give anyone the time of day unless they could do something for him or his football career, especially the younger boys who looked up to him because of his athletic ability. Furthermore, Pat Lazear was given a second chance after he stole a credit card and used it to buy a pair of sneakers in 2004 -- I guess he didn't learn his lesson. Your comments to Joel did seem very sarcastic -- just becuase he does not drink, take drugs or become involved in illegal activity does not make Joel(or anyone) a dull boy. West Virginia's prusuit and signing of Pat Lazear is setting a bad example for today's youth. Yes, there are other people (men and women) who do things and are still rewarded with scholarships -- it has been going on for years -- if no one is held accountable for their actions and made an example of, when will it end? Since my sons knew Pat Lazear I have tried to use this as a learning experience with them. Hopefully not all kids will follow in Pat Lazears footsteps.

Posted by: Players Mom | February 21, 2007 11:14 AM | Report abuse

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