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  • 1 Wolfpackmom Jan 11, 4:44 p.m.

    I never said that is was ok what he did...I don't think this is a news worthy.

  • wolfie7873 Jan 11, 3:07 p.m.

    It's repulsive to me how many of you dismiss such dangerous and reckless behavior as "normal 19 year old male" behavior. Just because you failed as a parent to train your child not to act this way doesn't mean we should come to expect it and easily forgive it.

  • tayled Jan 11, 10:31 a.m.

    The fact that he was such a star in HS and walked on and made the team at NCSU is testament as to what he can do. Now, if he does need help, he can and should seek it. I am sure the team can help him too. I wish him well.

  • amdriver12 Jan 11, 9:16 a.m.

    No one should ever, EVER be drinking and driving but that doesn't make him an alcoholic. If everyone who drunk underage in college came out a raging alcoholic, then the world would be overflowing with them. I'm not excusing his actions, he made a really stupid decision only made more prominent by his position (even if not a starter)on State's basketball team. Hopefully he's learned from it(read: never do it again) and everyone can move on.

  • Toddler10-21 Jan 11, 8:25 a.m.

    He is only doing what all college kids do on new years eve? Wow! Is that saying it's ok? I also disagree that if it were one of the star players it would have bee swept under the rug. By who? RPD, or State? I would say neither.

  • 1 Wolfpackmom Jan 11, 8:03 a.m.

    He was not doing anything that a normal 19 year old would not do on New Year's Eve. He just happen to get caught and he is a walk on for NC State basketball team....move on move on....there is nothing to report here.

  • Lars Marson Jan 10, 5:51 p.m.

    Why is this has been even on the Wolfpack team in the first place?

  • injameswetrust2003 Jan 10, 5:38 p.m.

    This dude looks like he's 10 years old...

  • trueblue0100 Jan 10, 4:56 p.m.

    I'm not a State fan, but this article is a total waste of time and space. Where are the other articles on the other DWIs and please don't say this was the only one. Journalism at it's finest.

  • trueblue0100 Jan 10, 4:51 p.m.

    He needs to get this help now before it get any worse.-charmcclainlovesdogs2

    You don't know a thing about this young man. Who are you to judge?......turbo08

    Things we do know: He's 19, faces charges of provisional DWI, DWI and a lane violation. The previous comment was very much on time. This young man probably does need to seek some help before he develops a serious drinking problem. I wouldn't call it judging, but instead a very astute observation. Every comment is not a judgenment!

  • Whatever Geez Jan 10, 4:50 p.m.

    You don't know a thing about this young man. Who are you to judge?

    turbo08

    well....he IS on WRALs site as driving while intoxicated, playing basketball for a state school AND from his picture he was either doing a lot of crying or he was really drunk...anyone can judge him. sorry

  • Frizz Jan 10, 4:18 p.m.

    UNC has a Chess Team? I never knew that!

  • bluegrass Jan 10, 4:18 p.m.

    Anyone else would receive much harsher punishment.

  • huxter72 Jan 10, 4:10 p.m.

    Obvious observation. This would've been swept under the rug if it were Brown, Howell, Purvis, or Leslie. They wouldn't miss a minute of playing time, and here they're looking at dismissal. Wrong decision to be sure, but the same punishment wouldn't be for the stars.

  • turbo08 Jan 10, 4:02 p.m.

    He needs to get this help now before it get any worse.-charmcclainlovesdogs2

    You don't know a thing about this young man. Who are you to judge?

  • wakemom Jan 10, 3:54 p.m.

    Mistake or not he should not have been drinking and driving at the age of 19. And dont come at me with the everybody makes a mistake line.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jan 10, 3:42 p.m.

    This young man certainly needs help with his alcohol drinking. He needs to get this help now before it get any worse. Playing for NCSU...well I will leave that up to the coach. But he needs help to stop drinking.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Jan 10, 3:16 p.m.

    Like an earlier poster pointed out, had this been someone from the UNC Chess team, there would be over 100 posts on the story by this point.

    If he were from UNC basketball and in Chapel Hill you would have never heard a word of this. But some officers would have good seats at the next game at Smith Center.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Jan 10, 2:46 p.m.

    "However, if it were a UNC basketball player, the N&O, Dan Kane, the State supporters, wolfpack club, pack pride, etc. would all be wanting the death penalty for all things UNC sports. Just sayin...."

    If it were a UNC basketball player, Gov. Martin would have already conducted a "review" and announced that this was not an intoxication issue.

  • chivegas Jan 10, 2:37 p.m.

    I feel sorry for the kid, but it was a poor decision that will hurt his future.

    "look out, Yow may fire the coach"

    That doesn't even make sense.

  • anti-Hans Jan 10, 1:53 p.m.

    For someone under 21, there is no number that is OK. Any trace of BAC for someone under 21 is too much.

    I am sorry to be difficult, but there is NO EXCUSE for ANYONE to get behind the wheel of a car when they have been drinking. As a State grad and fan, I am sorry to hear of this incident but he now must pay the price. He should just be glad he did not hurt anyone.

  • Got Peart Jan 10, 1:21 p.m.

    Was wondering why he wasn't dressing for the games, now I know.

  • kikinc Jan 10, 1:08 p.m.

    While his picture makes it seem like he was drunk, he very well may not have been. He's only 19, and even if he blew a .02, he gets driving while impaired since he's underage. However, he was most likely drunk, or he was doing a lot of crying.

  • Raleigh Rocks 1 Jan 10, 1:04 p.m.

    look out, Yow may fire the coach

  • PackMan88 Jan 10, 12:54 p.m.

    Remember if under 21 you can blow a .01 and still be charged with a DWI. Not saying thats the case here but I would like to know if he blew a .08 or higher.

  • NCST8Gal Jan 10, 12:47 p.m.

    So glad to know that no one else had ever made any mistakes when they were a teenager. This is one of those mistakes that you pray that he learns from and be thankful that no one got hurt. In the meantime, think back to when we all were teenagers and did stupid stuff and quit judging someone just because they are in the spotlight a little.

  • mike honcho Jan 10, 12:46 p.m.

    He's 19!

  • immaannoid Jan 10, 12:44 p.m.

    "However, if it were a UNC basketball player, the N&O, Dan Kane, the State supporters, wolfpack club, pack pride, etc. would all be wanting the death penalty for all things UNC sports. Just sayin...." rduguyhere

    Really? I didn't hear of this 'til I consulted the Google:

    http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/3394837/

  • CAROLINA43 Jan 10, 12:41 p.m.

    Unfortunate...he can always play tennis.

  • mxteam44 Jan 10, 12:36 p.m.

    It doesn't say what his blood alcohol content was, but regardless, the law is the law. Plus, he's underage. College kids doing what they do......and yes, I did it too, so I won't harp on him being stupid. Like an earlier poster pointed out, had this been someone from the UNC Chess team, there would be over 100 posts on the story by this point. He's young.....going to make mistakes.....but just learn from your mistakes like we all did.
    Go Heels!!!

  • rt Jan 10, 12:26 p.m.

    Scotch Battle

  • mojridingrb Jan 10, 12:24 p.m.

    Throw the drunkard off the team!

  • NCSU84 Jan 10, 12:18 p.m.

    Don't drink and drive. Yes it is as simple as than. How many wrecks and people dying or being hurt do people need to see before they get it?

  • rduguyhere Jan 10, 12:17 p.m.

    A mistake indeed. Looks like he has one more chance so he can hopefully learn from it.

    However, if it were a UNC basketball player, the N&O, Dan Kane, the State supporters, wolfpack club, pack pride, etc. would all be wanting the death penalty for all things UNC sports. Just sayin....

    Again, hope he learns from the mistake.

  • 75Tarheel Jan 10, 12:09 p.m.

    Unfortunate for Staats but I've NO sympathy for him. Perhaps this will make him a better person in the long run.

    Drunk drivers should have active time from the first offense to get a small taste of what is to come if that behavior continues and before they kill someone.

  • zonk Jan 10, 11:59 a.m.

    Hate when something like this happens. I will not cast stones at him because I could have easily been caught when I was his age. Hope he will get another chance and proceed with a successful career with the State and beyond

  • getajobubum Jan 10, 11:58 a.m.

    Unfortunate mistake! Good kids still make mistakes. No doubt Staats will rebound from this.

  • baldchip Jan 10, 11:48 a.m.

    Come on Staats-you know better than that!!

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