Wake up call? We can only hope... Second year corner back Trumaine Johnson pleaded guilty to reckless driving stemming from a March 22 incident. In a plea deal worked out with Missoula, Montana prosecutors, a drunk driving charge was dropped, and Johnson received a 90 day suspended jail sentence. He'll pay an $800 fine, and will donate $2,500 to the county's DUI Task force, as well as attend an Alcohol Assessment class.
Johnson's attorney, Paul Ryan, also said Johnson wasn't drunk on the night in question... He was just driving around at 2AM without his headlights on... It's time to grow up Trumaine! I wonder if he knows how lucky he is to be an NFL player, and what would've happened to common-folk in the same situation?
This off season has been marred by sad stories, like those recently about Titus Young and Rolando McClain. They let their lives come unhinged, and their NFL careers disappeared. Arizona star linebacker Daryl Washington is living on the legal edge at the moment, with a 4 game suspension for the league's substance abuse program, and a criminal case involving domestic abuse.
Trumaine Johnson came into the league with personal red-flags Rams head coach Jeff Fisher overlooked, and I'm glad he did. I don't want you to think I equate Johnson with those mentioned above. As a TSTer I respect recently mentioned to me, young people make mistakes, and Johnson is far from establishing himself of being in Young's or McClain arena of troublesome woes. While Johnson apologized to the community and his teammates, only time will tell if this young man is smarter than a wet paper bag of hammers. It's his life, and if screwing it up is his path, I can only hope he does so without harming those around him. He has a chance here to say the miscues need to end, and get on with what I hope is a promising career.