Judgment vs. Character

The Alec Ogletree incident is a disgrace. Though it’s only a $35 helmet, that is a distasteful, arrogant act by a young man who feels like he is entitled.

I am not upset at Washaun Ealey in near the same capacity as I am Alec Ogletree. The difference is simple: judgment vs. character.

In Ealey’s case, he showed incredibly poor judgment. He’s young, did something stupid, panicked, and got burned for it. It was stupid to do what he did, but it’s conceivable to that, in his situation, a lot of young kids would run. It doesn’t make it right, but it’s not a true identity of who Washaun Ealey is.

Ogletree, on the other hand, revealed his character. When you walk by someone’s moped, spot their helmet sitting on it, and claim it for your own, that’s a revelation of something deeper than bad judgment. That speaks more on the kind of person he is. There is no room for piracy in Athens, GA. Alec’s actions are really unacceptable. I know, I know- it’s $35. He could pay for the helmet in cash, no big deal. But it’s worse than that. You can’t just take somebody’s stuff and claim it as your own, even if you are the next great defender for the University of Georgia.

I’m not happy at all about this. I’m not sure what I want Richt to do, but I think this is much worse than the actions of Ealey. Can’t wait to see how this one unfolds.

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10 Responses to “Judgment vs. Character”


  1. 1 Max E. Padd September 3, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Oh come down of your high horse. You never stole a road sign while in Athens?

  2. 3 chad September 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I understand your disgust. But lets not forget that we don’t even know the facts of this story and its a little unfair to make a bold statement about a mans character without knowing all off the facts. As far as we know Alec was givin the helmet by another student to use. This may be the reason we are just now seeing a warrant 3 months later.
    if it turns out he did steal it I still wouldn’t say That this is something deeper. I’m sure your parents or any other kids parents said that as they swiped some gum or a candy bar..just my opinion

  3. 4 BuyPropertyUcheeDawg September 3, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Couldn’t agree more, Chad. Quite a bold statement without the facts.

    How is stealing a 35$ helmet worse than having a traffic violation, missing your court date, having your license suspended, lying to your coaches, driving with a suspended license, hitting a parked car and running?

    YOU make think that stealing is much worse, but isn’t lying just as “immoral” as stealing??

    Geez, someone call the morality police…

  4. 5 Corbindawg September 3, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Ogletree suspended a minimum of 1 game, per Seth Emerson. He will still play this season, and be able to be a contriubtor in the future. Hopefully the young man will learn a couple of things:

    1. This ain’t Newnan, GA. You can’t act like a thug and, with your celebrity, not get in trouble. You must be held accountable for you actions-whether it be over $35 or not.

    2. Whatever you do, big or small, will be reported ad nauseum. For the sake of the institution that is giving you the opportunity to go to a top ranked school for free, earn a degree, and perhaps play in the League, you better not sully its already sullied name.

    3. I hope he thought about his momma. My momma always told me that when I act a damn fool, people don’t see me, they see her. I hope Momma Ogletree whips his ass when he goes home the weekend before Thanksgiving.

    I say he has 2 strikes…one more incident and he should be playing back closer to home at West Georgia.

  5. 6 Left to Right September 3, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Would you dismiss players if they committed

    -Trespass

    -Vandalism

    -Breaking and Entering

    -Theft

    all in one night?

    If so, congrats, you’ve just dismissed the senior captains of the 1980 championship team.

    • 7 ucheedawg September 3, 2010 at 5:24 pm

      Left to Right,
      Did I say dismiss anyone? I said: I’m not sure what I want Richt to do, but I think this is much worse than the actions of Ealey. Can’t wait to see how this one unfolds.
      I do think this is worse than what Ealey did. I’m not on a high horse, I just think that stealing private property is worse than a lapse of judgment or stealing road signs. But don’t accuse me of saying something I didn’t. I am a 3 strike kind of guy, and I think everyone deserves second (and third) chances.

  6. 8 Reptillicide September 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    C’mon uchee, you’re being a bit dramatic. He’s a kid. We don’t know what led him to take the helmet. Maybe he thought since he found it in the building that someone had just left it and he would help himself to it.

    This never should have ended up in an arrest though. The Rankin-Smith center is for student-athletes only, so when the track guy found his helmet missing, he would have known it was another student-athlete who took it. Charges were pressed today after the track guy in question “saw” Ogletree with it… so why didn’t he just approach Ogletree and ask for his helmet back? They both play for Georgia. Pressing charges was a selfish act on the park of the “victim.” Not because Ogletree didn’t deserve to be punished, but because by pressing charges, this “victim” has put his fellow student-athletes, athletic department and University in a bad light.

  7. 9 TuxedoDawg September 4, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    He’s a kid? When does someone become an adult with judgement these days? Well, he’s older than 7, and that’s when I was taught that it’s not right to take things that don’t belong to you. And you say the track player is selfish? You’re totally right — he’s selfish for wanting to right the wrong that Ogletree committed. Ogletree’s not selfish, because it’s not like he took something that didn’t belong to him or anything. Come on.


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