By DARREN SMITH
How stupid is it that my colleagues and I aren’t allowed to curse on the radio?
Seriously, it’s pretty dumb when you think about it.
We’re operating by antiquated laws that are older than I am, enforced by the Federal Communications Commission.
The federal government prohibits me from calling Jeff Moorad a “shady motherf@%$er” on the radio, even though those are exactly the words I use to describe him off air.
You’ve all heard the “seven dirty words” by now and if not, get yourself on YouTube and educate yourself on the comedy of George Carlin.
How often would I use profanity on the air?
Probably not that often, honestly.
Still, there are just certain times where a curse word is EXACTLY the right word and being able to use one would be grand.
Alas, those are the rules.
I know them and – if I want to stay on the radio – I follow them.
It doesn’t matter how much society has relaxed on language and redefined profanity over the past 40 years and it doesn’t matter what you or I think.
End of story.
That brings me to a point I’d like to make about Oregon Ducks wide receiver Darren Carrington and his teammate Ayele Forde, both of whom were suspended for the National Championship Game against Ohio State.
Carrington, who’s from San Diego, and Forde, were ruled ineligible by the NCAA after reportedly testing positive for marijuana around the time of the Ducks’ trip to the Rose Bowl.
Carrington’s absense would be particularly notable, as the freshman torched Florida State for 165 receiving yards and two touchdowns in Pasadena.
Nobody will ever know if he would have made a difference against OSU.
For the record, I don’t know either player and would never label them as rotten humans based on this chapter of their lives.
Why, when I was in college I used to (INSERT IRRESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR HERE) and would frequently (MORE DEBAUCHERY HERE) and would often find myself (YOU DONT WANT TO KNOW).
There’s a reason it took me seven years to get through college, people.
My point: As much as I disliked the ham-fisted criticism of Carrington and Forde by sports reporters and the high-horsers on social media, I actually disliked the defense of their actions more.
I get it, we’re changing our attitudes towards recreation marijuana use…they’re young adults…you hate the NCAA….etc, etc, etc.
Still, they were the ONLY TWO players ruled ineligible for the most important game of their lives.
Someday, football players won’t get suspended for smoking weed.
That day is not today.
No matter what your moral stand is on this one, they knew the rules and they broke them — accountability for one’s actions isn’t a bad thing.
It’d be nice to see a little more of it, not less.
Anyway, that’s my f@#&ing opinion and if you don’t like it, too f@#&ing bad.
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