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To Huskies fans a tragic hero, to the courts a wanted felon
The Seattle Times ^ | 1/29/2008 | Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry

Posted on 01/29/2008 9:58:09 AM PST by XR7

When Curtis Williams took the field for the Huskies' 2000 season opener, the University of Washington's media guide described him like this:

Senior, strong safety, 5-foot-10, 200 pounds. Named, in 1999, the team's best hitter. Led team in solo tackles. Went to high school in Fresno, Calif., where he was a top recruit. The seventh of eight kids. Pursuing a degree in American ethnic studies.

Here's what the media guide didn't say:

When Williams played against Idaho, he had a warrant out for his arrest. He'd been arrested every year he was here: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000. He was a convicted felon who'd served time for choking his wife. Two other assault charges were pending against him. He was accused of cutting his wife's face, breaking her arm, breaking her nose.

Ordered to pay $283 a month in child support, Williams had paid nothing. Earlier in the year, he'd flunked two classes. If not for Swahili — a notoriously easy class at the UW and a favorite of football players — he would have been ineligible to play...

(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.nwsource.com ...


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KEYWORDS: curtiswilliams; domesticviolence; dv; educashun; education; huskies; idolatry; msm; neuheisel; sports; swahili; uw
Sigh.
1 posted on 01/29/2008 9:58:10 AM PST by XR7
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To: XR7

He should be in prison.


2 posted on 01/29/2008 9:59:54 AM PST by Dante3
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To: Dante3
He should be in prison.

Read the article.
He's dead.

3 posted on 01/29/2008 10:03:07 AM PST by XR7
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To: XR7

Thanks, missed that part. Has happened before when I speed read.


4 posted on 01/29/2008 10:06:16 AM PST by Dante3
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To: XR7

well then he’s saved the taxpayers of the state.... so he wasn’t such a bad guy afterall....


5 posted on 01/29/2008 10:07:19 AM PST by Dick Vomer (liberals suck....... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.,)
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To: Dante3

He’s dead.


6 posted on 01/29/2008 10:08:31 AM PST by mouse_35 (Vote Demorcrat for 2008! Lets do for Iraq what we did for Cambodia!!!)
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To: XR7

You can expect more stuff like this now that Neuheisel is coaching at UCLA. The guy has few if any scruples.


7 posted on 01/29/2008 10:09:02 AM PST by squidly
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To: squidly
You can expect more stuff like this now that Neuheisel is coaching at UCLA

Along with academia's amnesia and the media blackout/cover-ups.

8 posted on 01/29/2008 10:12:06 AM PST by XR7
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To: XR7

If this guy had done this crap to my sister I’d be facing a trial by jury and that guy would be in the bone orchard.

Beating a spouse is a misdemeanor?


9 posted on 01/29/2008 10:12:35 AM PST by Loud Mime ("Life was better when cigarette companies could advertise and lawyers could not")
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To: squidly

Lambrect recruited this guy. Neuheisel isn’t the only one. This is a second of a series. Yesterday the rag wrote about Jeremiah Pharms.

This is the kind of stuff you get with the NCAA. I agree with Frank DeFord, time to change the rules concerning scholarships and college athletes.


10 posted on 01/29/2008 10:18:44 AM PST by bigfootbob
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To: XR7
Wow! What a story. What a waisted individual

As season ticket holders I remember all the celebration of his life and remembrances in honor of him at the games the year he died, and though we knew he had some personal off the field issues, I had no idea it was even nearly as bad as it really was.

11 posted on 01/29/2008 10:20:12 AM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: Loud Mime

“Pursuing a degree in American Ethnic Studies”
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
Bet that is a b— breaking Major.
What field does one pursue with such a degree?
And if it weren’t for his Swahili class he would be ineligible?
Why don’t we just cut the charade and pay them as a training ground for Football and let the Institutions reap in the NFL money while opening up a ‘seat’ (or 100) for someone who genuinely wants an education?


12 posted on 01/29/2008 10:25:31 AM PST by xrmusn
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To: bigfootbob; GOP_Raider

My brother and I both played at Washington in the 80s....there was certainly monkey business at times, but I dont recall anything this extreme.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/victoryandruins/


13 posted on 01/29/2008 10:26:45 AM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: bigfootbob
Lambrect recruited this guy. Neuheisel isn’t the only one.

It is Lambright. Yes, Jim Lambright recruited this guy but Rick Neuheisel was the coach during most of Williams' career and therefore, the one who wasn't controlling him.

This is the kind of stuff you get with the NCAA. I agree with Frank DeFord, time to change the rules concerning scholarships and college athletes.

The one rule that would change things the most quickly: before an athlete can be offered a scholarship from a university, the student must obtain a standardized test score equal to the 50th percentile of the previous years' incoming freshmen class. In other words, make them qualify first as a student. How fast you can run or how high you can jump should not be a primary factor in getting admitted to college. Those student(?)-athletes who barely meet the NCAA minimums have NO business being university students.

14 posted on 01/29/2008 10:42:53 AM PST by CommerceComet (Mitt Romney: boldly saying whatever the audience wants to hear.)
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To: CommerceComet

The standards have been raised since 2000.


15 posted on 01/29/2008 10:44:32 AM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: XR7

A tragic hero? Hero?


16 posted on 01/29/2008 10:52:04 AM PST by Robwin
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To: XR7

“Swahili???”
U of Wash teaches Swahili?

Why is that? Does Starbucks buy coffee from there?

Or is it just that they don’t mind their “university” has become a laughingstock?


17 posted on 01/29/2008 10:57:46 AM PST by Redbob
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore); aft_lizard; Archie Bunker on steroids; Auntbee; Bad~Rodeo; Bat_Chemist; ...
The FR College Football Ping List
FReepmail GOP_Raider to be on or off this list

18 posted on 01/29/2008 11:09:15 AM PST by GOP_Raider (With parting breath we'll sing that song "A Utah Man Am I" RIP GBH)
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To: GOP_Raider

Sad turn of events for a college football player. Not the best way to meet up with you again. Off topic, how is everything going with you? I am doing fine, rooting for the UConn Huskies men/women’s college basketball teams. Bookmarked.


19 posted on 01/29/2008 11:24:55 AM PST by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: GOP_Raider
When I was in the military and stationed in Alaska this guy was the second coming of Johnny Unitas.

So sad.

20 posted on 01/29/2008 11:30:00 AM PST by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, a red state wannabe. I don't take Ex Lax I just read the New York Times.)
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To: XR7

I just read all three parts of this four part series that have been published. I really am just speechless.


21 posted on 01/29/2008 11:35:59 AM PST by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: squidly

the UW just asked taxpayers to pay $150,000,000 for a new stadium.....this is the arrogance in college sports....allowing thugs to take up classroom space and scholarships is just one part of the arrogance....


22 posted on 01/29/2008 11:39:32 AM PST by cherry
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To: XR7

Huck the Fuskies.


23 posted on 01/29/2008 12:04:28 PM PST by Duck Fan
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To: Stillwaters

Something you may find of interest


24 posted on 01/29/2008 12:07:11 PM PST by lonevoice (It's always "Apologize to a Muslim Hour"...somewhere)
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To: BurbankKarl
My brother and I both played at Washington in the 80s....there was certainly monkey business at times, but I dont recall anything this extreme.

Once again, more evidence that that the now deceased King County prosecutor Norm Maleng was a scum bag to the greatest degree. Maleng also knew that King County Gary Little was physically and sexually abusing boys he "checked out" of juvie hall for his weekend escapades and did nothing to stop him. Everyone in the King County courthouse knew waht Little was doing and did nothing.

25 posted on 01/29/2008 12:15:15 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: cherry
the UW just asked taxpayers to pay $150,000,000 for a new stadium....

Yeah.
And who is the biggest lobbyist pushing for that?
A former Republican governor.

26 posted on 01/29/2008 12:15:26 PM PST by XR7
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To: SeaHawkFan

Make that King County Superior Court Judge Gary Little...


27 posted on 01/29/2008 12:17:52 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: XR7

Ok
Is there a prison for dead folk?
This guy should be there.


28 posted on 01/29/2008 12:29:20 PM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: Loud Mime

If I were sitting in on the grand jury I would vote to no indict.


29 posted on 01/29/2008 12:30:15 PM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: XR7

Then they should dig him up and put him in prison.


30 posted on 01/29/2008 12:33:06 PM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: Richard Kimball
Scratch that. Just finished the article. There's nothing admirable about the guy. He was a good football player that beat his wife and played the system, totally self-centered. As I was reading the story, I was expecting him to get shot during a fight or something.

Then, he just happened to hit a guy wrong during the game and got paralyzed. He could have been a choir boy or a demon, both play football. Nothing personal in it, just the cruel geometry and physics of the game. No divine retribution or ironic end. Just a life lived until a sudden stop that seemed almost a non-sequitor to everything up until that point.

If I had been him and had my preferences, I would have rather died on the field. 18 months of being a quadriplegic doesn't sound like much of a life. Maybe it gave him time to seek salvation. God understands it. I don't.

31 posted on 01/29/2008 12:53:15 PM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: BurbankKarl
The standards have been raised since 2000.

But they are still ridiculously low. A student with the NCAA minimums is not adequately prepared for college and would not likely succeed even if they didn't commit 30 hours per week to their sports.

32 posted on 01/29/2008 2:02:50 PM PST by CommerceComet (Mitt Romney: boldly saying whatever the audience wants to hear.)
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To: CommerceComet

If you dont show progress to your degree now, you are gone.

That wasnt the case a couple years ago.


33 posted on 01/29/2008 2:34:57 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: XR7

Wow, it’s impossible to keep track of all the idiots in this story, as well as the slimy enablers. Unbelievable.

Athletes can get away with anything. The coaches just hope it doesn’t make the news. Very sad.

How about those college degrees these guys get? Makes you proud of the system in this country, doesn’t it?


34 posted on 01/29/2008 2:54:31 PM PST by Pining_4_TX
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To: XR7

How do you get 15 hours from one single class???? Intensive Swahili????


35 posted on 01/29/2008 2:55:05 PM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Even my tagline is sad....I can't stand ANY of the candidates!)
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To: GOP_Raider

I read three or four paragraphs of this article before realizing I had misread the team as “Huskers” instead of “Huskies”........ I was confused. ;^)


36 posted on 01/29/2008 2:57:07 PM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Even my tagline is sad....I can't stand ANY of the candidates!)
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To: XR7

bump


37 posted on 01/29/2008 3:00:23 PM PST by VOA
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To: Dante3

It’s not really speed-reading if there’s no comprehension, is it?

(C8


38 posted on 01/29/2008 5:01:42 PM PST by Bat_Chemist (The devil has already outsmarted every "Bright".)
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To: Richard Kimball
Then, he just happened to hit a guy wrong during the game

Read the story again. His dirty hit was habitual and planned. Fortunately, his intended victim wasn't injured.

39 posted on 01/29/2008 5:03:55 PM PST by PAR35
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To: PAR35

Read it.


40 posted on 01/29/2008 5:09:11 PM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: Libertina; big ern

ping.


42 posted on 01/30/2008 12:41:11 AM PST by XR7
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To: XR7; TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig

The News Tribune out of Tacoma actually had a very good editorial yesterday on the Husky team... saying something like: the best highly talented athletes whose natural environment is the police line up - worth reading on line. When is this kind of garbage going to stop?


43 posted on 01/30/2008 8:30:05 AM PST by Libertina
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To: CommerceComet

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2004152847_rbkelley300.html


44 posted on 01/30/2008 10:57:31 AM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: Libertina

When you find a cure for the human condition.... let me know.


45 posted on 01/31/2008 4:05:59 PM PST by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (There once was a dream called, "Hippy Beat Down." The mere whisper of if caused cops to cry.")
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