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I'll never understand the TCU drug bust

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Maybe I've just lived in my own little harmless bubble for so long that I'm totally unaware of the lunacy on campuses all over the country. I've lived a somewhat sheltered life with no problems, no troubles and no hint of felony or distraction to speak of. Not so much as an overdue library book.

That's why this TCU story has me so baffled. Why in the world are four top athletes at a Christian university involved in a drug bust THIS EXTENSIVE? It's unbelievable to me.

I have never done drugs. I've never SEEN drugs. I don't know what marijuana smells like. I don't know where to find cocaine. I probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference between ecstasy pills and aspirin if they were sitting side by side on a table in front of me.

I like it that way, by the way.

But I know that there is obviously a calling for these drugs out there or they wouldn't be such a big part of our social makeup. They are in movies and featured in music all the time. Needlessly, really.

They are also the undoing of many star athletes. That's what has happened at TCU. The Horned Frogs lose four players because of a very serious run-in with undercover police. It's senseless and, more than that, stupid. Why would these 20-something year old kids throw their futures away like that knowing what is at stake?

Is getting a quick high really that big of a deal? Maybe I'm wrong in assuming that they all TOOK the drugs. They were for sure selling them (and find me a baker that doesn't like cake). I'd imagine that the dealers are also the users much of the time.

I understand the need for money. I was a poor college student once. I got a part time job. I didn't SELL illicit drugs. You say, well these players can't go out and get a job so they have to make money somehow. Shame on you if that thought popped in your head. STOP making excuses for them and STOP supporting dismissal of the law.

These kids have thrown away the greatest opportunity in the world: FREE education.

I have seen on Twitter today and a few other rumors hinting that upwards of 82 TCU players are involved in this. 82 out of 100?! I hope that's not true. Some of the comments on our story about this bother me. Saying that these kids are ready for a pro football career now because ALL pro football players are thugs/crooks/druggies/losers/criminals? How ignorant!

Don't make the mistake of painting the entire team, or athletes in general, with one broad swipe of the brush. It's unfair. MAYBE all 100 players on the team were involved. Most likely that's untrue. It's most likely a couple of DUMB kids making HORRIBLE choices that ultimately cost them the right to play football at TCU. That doesn't mean that those four bad apples spoil the whole bunch.

Drugs are useless and we all know that. The problem is getting young people like those four players to understand that what they thought they were getting away with hurts more people than just themselves. They have trashed their future and put their university in a tough spot. Very selfish, I think.

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