Apart from the obvious athletic benefits, there are plenty of reasons why a parent might want their son to join the high school football team. The young man stands to learn so much about responsibility, commitment, and teamwork: qualities that prepare him for a life in the real world. These are good things.
Somewhere in that mix of positivity, though, the signals must have gotten crossed at Deerfield Beach High in Florida, where Dadrion Wilson is an assistant football coach. Police pulled over a car in which Wilson was a passanger and, as luck would have it, one of his players was driving. Then the fun began.
As the SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL explains, the fact that the traffic stop was at 1:40 a.m. was the least of the problems:
Police said they saw Wilson drop a small bag of cocaine as he stepped out of the passenger seat.
After an officer put Wilson in the back of a patrol car, the officer searched the vehicle Wilson had been in and reported finding a loaded handgun inside a passenger door compartment, according to an arrest report.
Drugs and guns! And yes, drugs, plural; when Wilson got out of the car, there was about four grams of weed on the seat next to where he’d been sitting. That’s a problem.
As for the driver, that’s be Donte Dotson, whose name we can use because he’s 18. He’s not charged with any drug crimes as yet, but he did roll through a stoplight, prompting the traffic stop. To be fair to Dotson, however, there’s a plausible excuse why he may have done that:
[Dotson] was charged with driving without a license, records show.
So really, given everything we’ve learned about what happened, doesn’t it seem almost a foregone conclusion that it would all happen at 1:40 in the morning? That’s not afternoon behavior. Afternoons are for delight.