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Just The Sports: What a Price to Pay

Just The Sports

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

What a Price to Pay

Let's say for a moment that a stranger comes up to you and asks a hypothetical question in which you have to choose between two possibilities: six months in jail and not seeing your brother play in the Super Bowl or five years in jail and seeing your brother play in the Super Bowl? If you chose the six months in jail, your name is not Tank Carter.

Instead of reporting to jail on Jan. 6 like he was supposed to, Tank decided he would cross his fingers instead and hope the Pittsburgh Steelers made it to the Super Bowl because his brother, Tyrone Carter, said they had a "good chance" of doing so. Then Tank would get the opportunity to watch the Super Bowl live, jail be damned.

Even after receiving the news from Judge Stanton S. Kaplan that his Super Bowl trip had landed him an extra 4.5 years of jail time, Tank showed no remorse. When asked whether or not he would do it all over again (it being attending a game he wasn't even playing in and where his brother only accumulated three tackles), Tank was quoted as saying, "Even knowing what I know now, I would do it again. It was the greatest game in my life." I certainly hope not.

One line in the article did attempt to explain further why Tank might be tempted to blow off jail to watch the Steelers vs. the Seahawks. Not sure if it did though.

Carter watched the Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks from the 50-yard line in Detroit and partied with rapper Snoop Dogg after the game.

Call me cynical, but this statement seems a bit disingenuous. While I am not disputing the fact Tank and Snoop Dogg were at the same party, I just don't think they partied within a fifteen foot radius of each other. The way I picture it is Snoop showed up at the party, drank some, videotaped girls showing their breasts, shot a porno in the VIP lounge, and then went home. Really, why would Snoop party with the brother of a back-up safety?


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