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The following article was posted on March 19th, 2014, in the New Times - Volume 28, Issue 34 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 28, Issue 34

Yes, athletes are causing trouble

By Sharon G. Whitney - San Luis Obispo

As one city police officer said, these fights are a dime a dozen (“Spoilsports,” March 6). One happened on my street, Albert Drive, southeast corner of Cal Poly, a week or so ago, which I reported to the police the next day.

We residents have to be our own police force; by the time the police arrive (from downtown), the perpetrators and victims are usually dispersed. But it’s a constant battle, this alcohol-fueled belligerence. And yes, athletes and Greek-society guys may be more prone than others. Early in the fall, I had a couple of boys who were being belligerent tell me they were freshman soccer players. Their coach denied it could be their guys.

Last summer, a group of athletes on our street held parties frequently. One night somebody ended up bloodied, and you could see it on the sidewalk. When the police were called, one motorcycle patrolman arrived, saw the blood, and insisted that it be bleached away (rather than him choosing to interview the house members where the party had occurred that led to the street fight).

So I beg to differ with Cal Poly; I think athletes are not abiding to any alcohol-free training patterns.