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Michael Dyer: Focus Should Be on Trooper's Lack of Action, Not "Dumbass" Comment

Former Arkansas State and Auburn RB Michael Dyer
Former Arkansas State and Auburn RB Michael DyerStreeter Lecka/Getty Images
Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterJuly 30, 2012

The long and winding college career of running back Michael Dyer took another turn on Sunday evening, as Arkansas State announced that the transfer from Auburn has been dismissed from the Red Wolves for violation of team rules.

Dyer's dismissal from Arkansas State likely stems from a March 10 traffic stop, when an officer pulled Dyer over for travelling at 96 miles per hour in a 70 miles-per-hour zone. During that stop, State Trooper Royce Denny discovered marijuana and a gun in Dyer's car, but let Dyer go with a $175 speeding ticket, according to

During the conversation between Denney and Dyer, Denny is caught using some salty language towards Dyer: "Carrying a pistol around. Uncool. You’ve got a career ahead of you, but you’re being a total dumbass right now."

That's harsh, to say the least.

It's also accurate.

Dyer was on his second (or perhaps, third) chance as a college athlete, and he knew it. Despite that fact, he decided to speed at 24 mph over the speed limit with weed and gun in the car. That's not smart, and I have no problem with Denney pointing that out during the traffic stop.

If the trooper felt the need to explain that to him in the hopes that he changes, fine. Someone needed to.

I'm not fine with the fact that Dyer was let off with nary a mention of the marijuana or gun. Enabling a player to get away with things like this is exactly why some players never grow up. It's hypocritical.

Denney gave Dyer a stern talking to in the hopes of straightening him out, but his actions contradicted his entire argument. 

Arkansas State Police are conducting an internal investigation into the matter.


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