Clarett tries to right his wrongs from prison
Maurice Clarett did a big thing badly. And now, from his prison cell, he’s trying to prevent others from making the same mistakes.
The former Ohio State running back, who had as much upside as any ball carrier coming out of college in recent memory, is serving part of a seven and a half year prison sentence from charges dating back to 2006. From there, he’s blogging about his experiences and trying to advise others to steer away from the problems he faced.
In just one year, Clarett became one of the best running backs in the Big Ten, but decided to challenge the NFL draft eligibility rule and spent consequent years tied up in unsuccessful court sessions. Since then, he’s had run-ins with the law involving aggravated robbery and concealed firearms and unruly behavior with police.
Now, Clarett says he’s taking classes again at Ohio State and hopes to take this act on the road when he’s released from prison (his term could be shortened to three and a half years).
Clarett’s blog posts are full of passion (sometimes they seem a little wacky, even) and what seems to be desire to get back into the real world and make amends for the trouble he’s caused. But I would warn readers (and the parole board) against the sincerity of his comments. Anybody who refers to themselves repeatedly in the third person like this is out for a bit of attention and I wouldn’t be surprised if Clarett is just trying to garner as much notice as he can while in bars so his release is expedited and goes along smoothly.
Clarett was on top of the world as a freshman in college and his plummet downward from there has been steep. It seems that he never had an opportunity to grow up in that time, yet he assures his readers that he’s matured behind bars.
But if I ran into Maurice Clarett on the street today, I’d be wary about how much he’s grown since holding up a bar and spitting on arresting police officers.