Published August 8, 2012 - 11:00am
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When it came out today that Tyler Bray is due in court, the immediate reaction is “Oh great, Bray just can’t get it together.” And then I read why he’s actually due in court.
Apparently, Tyler Bray had the audacity to have fun on a jetski over July 4th. Worse yet, Bray — hold your breath — sprayed another person with his jetski! I’m so tired of SEC quarterbacks not abiding by the law which states you shall not be within 100 feet of another person while on a jetski. Won’t somebody put an end to this behavior?
Thankfully, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officer Dewayne Williams was nearby to save the day. The Govolsxtra report provides additional detail:
According to Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officer Dewayne Williams, Bray was driving a Jet Ski with a woman passenger when he was observed by Williams “hot dogging” with another Jet Ski. Williams explained the term “hot dogging” as “almost like playing chicken” on Jet Skis.
The other Jet Ski tipped over spilling the unidentified occupants into the water. Bray then sped near the swimmers “spraying them with water,” according to Williams, who added “he was almost on top of them.”
Jet Skis are supposed to operate at least 100 feet apart, Williams said.
The charges include a Class A misdemeanor for reckless operation of a personal watercraft, and a Class C misdemeanor for failure to have a boating education certificate.
The Class A misdemeanor carries a possible $2,500 fine and six months in jail.
“This all happened directly in front of me,” said Williams of the incident. “That’s what I couldn’t believe.”
He said he did not recognize Bray, but said Bray was “polite and nice” when he encountered them.
Call the NCAA! This is just too much.
This whole thing is absurd, and people need to give Tyler Bray a break (along with most other college football players).
Here’s the reality: when you ride a jetski, the best part is spraying other people. Everyone does it. I’ve done it hundreds of times. Here’s the other thing: young people have fun. Sometimes they make mistakes like throw beer bottles off balconies. And sometimes they have to pay the penalty like paying for a woman’s damaged windshield.
We need to all take the Steve Spurrier approach here and relax. If Bray commits armed robbery or another serious crime, then by all means, let’s talk about it. Other than that, let’s leave him alone and watch him sling the pigskin in a few weeks.