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Michigan football player sentenced for OWVI charge

It is no secret that any type of criminal charge can negatively affect a student's professional and personal aspirations. A while back, we discussed some of the implications of an OWVI charge for Darryl Stonum, the University of Michigan's wide receiver. Stonum had been stopped near the school campus and subsequently arrested for drunk driving.

At the time, he had been suspended from playing on the team until further notice. There was little information about what sort of disciplinary measures he would be facing and what his future with the football team would look like.

Just last week, Stonum was sentenced in court for the OWVI charge. As a result, he has to complete a sobriety program and cannot violate the terms of his 2-year probation. If he does violate probation, the one year suspended jail sentence will be enforced.

The incident occurred in early May of this year when an officer administered a traffic stop after observing Stonum's vehicle traveling at a very slow pace and crossing the yellow middle line. Stonum showed signs of intoxication and when the officer checked his license, he discovered that Stonum was driving on a suspended license.

The football player failed several field sobriety tests and his breath test results showed a blood-alcohol content level higher than the legal limit. It was at that point that he was arrested. Following the arrest he was suspended from the football team until the coach could determine the appropriate steps for the situation.

The Michigan football coach has now stated the Stonum will not be allowed back on the team until he has completed the sobriety program as well as completed other disciplinary measures.

A violation of probation could jeopardize his career as a collegiate athlete. Not only that, but a criminal conviction and a jail sentence could make it more difficult for him to find employment once he's out of school.

Source: Ann Arbor online, "Police report details Michigan football player Darryl Stonum's drunken driving arrest," Lee Higgins, 11 June 2011

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