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Carlos Dunlap's DUI likely means extra work for Justin Trattou, Duke Lemmens and William Green

GAINESVILLE -- Florida star defensive end Carlos Dunlap was arrested for DUI early Tuesday morning. This is not a good way to begin championship week.

Dunlap2 After reading the police report, Dunlap [PICTURED] is lucky to be alive. He was arrested while passed out at a red light around 3:30 a.m. at the 200 block of SW 34th Street in Gainesville, according to police. Police had to put the car in park and turn off the ignition. Dunlap was clearly impaired, according to police, and failed field sobriety tests. Gainesville police spokesman Keith Kameg said that Dunlap had trouble remaining awake while initially being questioned by police.

University of Florida sports information director Steve McClain released a statement on Tuesday morning indicating that Florida coach Urban Meyer is "aware of the incident and currently gathering more information."

An update from Meyer isn't expected until after Tuesday's practice, which is currently scheduled to end around 6 p.m.

Dunlap, a junior, was booked into the Alachua County Jail at 5:52 a.m. and, according to jail records, was still in jail around 11:50 a.m. Before Tuesday, Dunlap was projected as a top 15 pick in the NFL Draft. He has recorded 35 tackles, seven sacks and six pass defenses in 12 games. Dunlap was the most outstanding defensive player of the 2008 BCS national championship.

If Dunlap is unable to play in Saturday's game, then defensive ends Justin Trattou, Duke Lemmens and William Green will fill the void. All three players are quality defenders.

So, should Dunlap be suspended for the SEC championship game? Should he be checked into the Betty Ford Clinic? Where the heck were Dunlap's teammates last night when somebody needed to take away the keys?

-jo- 

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Yes, he will be suspended.

He has to be suspended. Everyone associated with our school looks awful if he plays this Saturday. The question should be whether he is suspended for the rest of the year.

I don't even want to think about Pasadena yet, given my unease about Saturday before this incident, but this case - where he didn't blow and the way the state makes their case is now through the officer(s)'assessment of how impaired he was - will not be finished by 1/7/09.

Jo, curious where he was coming from. if it was someplace where teamates were with him, sad that no one is thinking five seconds in front of their face to keep this cat, albeit a large and powerful one, from driving at all.

29 and countin under RURAL.
UFFELONS; Where your more likely to get arrested than drafted.
Hope ur PROUD..
And when is enough, enough..

Ronnie 'machine gun' Wilson, '07
Carl 'the stalker' Johnson, '09
Torrey 'no license' Davis, '09
Janoris 'fight club' Jenkins, '09
Brandon 'eye gouge' Spikes, '09
Carlos 'frank the tank' Dunlap, '09

Looks like another case for Huntley (whose been very busy, lately).
The lawyer of choice for GAYtor football players.
I think I need to open up an office in GAYniesville.

PS, bet he plays..

That's what I'm saying. I've got no problem with guys in college partying. (Although, I don't think I'd be getting housed the week of the SEC championship game.) But where we Dunlap's friends? Someone should have made sure he wasn't driving. This is ridiculous, in my opinion. Just a guess, but Dunlap probably wasn't drinking by himself.

-jo-

As far as someone taking away the keys.. we have no idea where he was, who he was with, or if he is the type of person to be stubborn about those things... Either way, he should be done for the season IMO. I think that is punishment enough, he should be welcome back next season although I would assume he is NFL bound.

All you f*&king HYPOCRITES! Like the majority of you on Thanksgiving night were not drinking and then driving home... Some of you with your family in the car as well. The difference is you didn't get caught. Were in the NCAA rules does it require you to suspend for the rest of the year when a player is caught with DUI. Does your employer fire you if you have a DUI over the weekend? Certainly not, unless you work as a Driver! Then yes.... Look, bottom line, it's his first offense, they do not have a Blood Alcohol Level on him. Did I mention first offense! Suspend his drivers licence six months, give him 1,000 hours of community service and put in a AA program for six weeks. Done! End of Story! It's not like he raped, kidnapped, or even killed someone. Could have, but didn't! Thus give the standard and move on. First, their are bigger criminals to caught. Second, it's his first offense.

To all you hypocritical "um" fans out their... Seriously, you are going to judge the GATORS, Really! Do I have to say anything more than Ray Lewis "the murderer", or Warren Sapp "the Drug Lord", Please!

So sad to see that if one of our Gators make a mistake he must be thrown in the dungeon and left to die. Just poor sportsmanship on others opinions. I believe in just punishment and there is cause and effect. Just always seems if a Gator is in the spotlight everyone wants to kick him while he's down and out. We're a great team and have proven that. Let him without sin be the first to cast a stone. It's great to be a Gator and wouldn't trade that for any other team around.

I would assume drinking underage will be another charge, isn't he only 20?

Guys, this is no minor incident. Forget not playing against Alabama. Dunlap could potentially be kicked out of school. UF president Bernie Machen has a strict no tolerance policy for drinking and driving. Students at UF get kicked out of school for a semester for DUI all the time.

-jo-

Ed:
So you're saying this was his first offense, is that correct?

Urban Meyer should give Dennis Erickson a call to see how he would handle it....seems like you hold him out of the first series. Typical for an ex-Miami Hurricane coach...

He HAS to be suspended for the SEC Championship game - no questions. Meyer has to come out immediately and state as such.

RicoPallazzo,

Quoting "This is the first offense for the star defensive end."

Taken from various sources....

Do you have something more to add on his criminal background? Either piss or get of the pod, with your information?

ED,

Doubled standard there?

It's not like he raped, kidnapped, or even killed someone. Could have, but didn't!

It didn't happen so it's OK?

Do I have to say anything more than Ray Lewis "the murderer".

This also didn't happen but your accusing him of being a murderer.

And yes, I did have a few drinks during the Holidays but I'm of age and I didn't drive.

guarantee the great "URBIE" is going to severely discipline this guy....like suspend him for the players introductions against alibami...

how may arrests ?...29 ?...in 30 months ...


All you f*&king HYPOCRITES! Like the majority of you on Thanksgiving night were not drinking and then driving home... Some of you with your family in the car as well. The difference is you didn't get caught. Were in the NCAA rules does it require you to suspend for the rest of the year when a player is caught with DUI. Does your employer fire you if you have a DUI over the weekend? Certainly not, unless you work as a Driver! Then yes.... Look, bottom line, it's his first offense, they do not have a Blood Alcohol Level on him. Did I mention first offense! Suspend his drivers licence six months, give him 1,000 hours of community service and put in a AA program for six weeks. Done! End of Story! It's not like he raped, kidnapped, or even killed someone. Could have, but didn't! Thus give the standard and move on. First, their are bigger criminals to caught. Second, it's his first offense.

Posted by: Ed | December 01, 2009 at 01:21 PM


I am sure Urban will see it this way too.

And as far as the Gators criticizing the Canes goes - 1) at least we were able to finish undefeated while acting like criminals 2) go look at the arrest record since Randy has taken over. The next one we win will be that much sweeter, similar to 2001, just by winning it the right way and with class on and off the field.

Ed has "man love" for the idiot that just cost himself millions.

'frank the tank' Dunlap heard the FSU game was the last game of the season and was celebrating.
Give the dude a chance to shake the meth out and tell him there's 1 more game..
Besides, RURAL's will need to hear all the facts before making a decision (most likely next week)...

Lets all admit it guys...we are the new THUG U :(

MNF @ C.J.'s ?

Due Process

all dui's are the same, ed. doesn't matter if it is the first offense, all it takes is bad night behind the wheel. i'm looking beyond that he is a gator. Dunlap is human and i am more worried about why he has to get wasted. i've been in situation where i felt the need to get drunk like him but i don't because i prefer to handle my problems as a man. now,if Dunlap was just out partying, then he is just a kid. regardless, it was irresponsible for him to get behind the wheel on that night. if anything, its a shame why this happens to young kids who get the opportunity to play ball. look what at happened with the three kids at Tennessee

Yeah. He needs to be suspended pending resolution of the case, SEC and BCS. This isn't just a DUI. Asleep slump over the wheel? This is alcoholic stuff, unless he has a medical condition. Which would also have to be investigated before he plays again.

This is really sad. Dunlap is a great athlete, this will hurt his career.

Ed:
Yeah, i was being facetious, you only stated that 34 times in your post.

You certainly are an angry guy, Ed. I want CD to play as badly as you do, but I think we all look really bad if thia kid plays this game this weekend. Makes my school look more like a semi-pro NFL feeder than a school.

And yes, we have all likely had too much to drink/smoke/snort and gotten behind the wheel of a car when all reason would/should have said not to, but that's not my problem. My problem is, this game - mega-event - is the whole season up to now, the second or third most important game of his life, and rather than NOT doing something stupid (gettingf all shot up and trying to drive somewhere), he chose to to that to the detriment of the team, himself and the school.

That would piss you off as well if you actually attended UF.

And I think many of you are overstating how this will effect his prospective professional career. The NFL, rightly or wrongly, will NOT care too much about this. Now, a positive drug test for any banned substance (roids, blow, hgh, weed), THAT will get your stock tumblin'. But a charged DUI and one which is .... wait for it ED ... his FIRST criminal offense, will be seen for what it is ... a blip on the character radar.

emilio:
well said there.

If convicted of a DUI, Dunlap could be kicked out of school for a semester. Of course, Dunlap might no be in school much longer any way.

-jo-

Urban's resume for Notre Dame. 3 national championships, with 30 arrests.

Ha Ha.... Another thug for the Turds. At least it was not arm robbery.

That will be coming soon after the Turds loose on Saturday though.

U GAYtors need take a step back and look at the totality of 29 arrests under RURAL(anything 2 win)LIAR.
This is this year alone '09; Riley 'resistin' Cooper, Carl 'stalkin' Johnson, Torrey 'no license' Davis, Janoris 'fight club(and tasered)' Jenkins, Brandon 'eye gouge' Spikes, and finally Carlos 'frank the tank' Dunlap.
My personal favorite is Ronnie 'machine gun' Wilson in '07.

When r u GAYtors gonna say enough is enough and we r not proud of these THUGS and we want 2 win with class.

Is it me or is Dunlap's face assymetrical? His left eye and cheek are about an inch higher than his right eye/cheek. Dude looks like Sloth from the Goonies.

Anyways, I think he's gotta be suspended for the SEC Championship game, no matter how much it hurts. Its more important to send the right message.

11-0 with 30 arrests in 30 months, winning with class, dignity, and discipline(NOT).
Let me do the math for you meth heads, that 1 a month under URBAN.
Florida, THUG U of the 2000's.

we do not even know 100% that the kid was drunk...suspend him for Bama and worry about this issue on Monday. Can't get distracted.

Hey Miami fan go back to your moms shed! Second, let's look at this logically..if your an adult..that has teenagers..this is a mistake that young people make. Is it wrong? Sure...he should be suspended..don't throw the baby out with the bath water! People make mistakes we all due!

Except of course U fans are perfect!! Players too!

DUNLAP REALLY LET HIS TEAM AND THE UNIVERSITY DOWN........THIS IS BIG WEEK AND HE CLEARLY BROKE UNDER PRESSURE.......HE IS DONE AS A GATOR BECAUSE THEY CANNOT HAVE A DOUBLE STANDARD.......DUI WILL GET YOU THROWN OUT OF UF AS A REGULAR NON-ATHELE STUDENT.....HE IS GOOD KID THOUGH AND IT IS A SHAME.....TEBOW AND URBAN WILL USE THIS TO FURTHER FIRE UP THE TROOPS AND FOCUS......MY MONEY IS ON COACH MEYER AND THE GATORS TO USE THIS TO BE EVEN BETTER!

GO GATORS

By the way, this is bad, but does not make this guy a bad person.....

Is there anybody on this blog that can say they HAVE NEVER, EVER DRANK AND DROVE HOME DRUNK?...Hell, when I went to collage nobody got a DUI....They existed but you had to get in a accident to get one.....

Good news GAYtor fan, with this latest incident with 'frank the tank' Dunlap, NOTRE DAME being a class institution, is no longer interested in ur WARDEN.

Funny, Canes fans will do anything to shift focus from their moniker as "THUG U". Look, 30 Gators could be arrested tomorrow - including Tebow for a double homicide at a children's home - but Miami will always been known as "THUG U" I think 2 Live Crew is working on a new album with Jacory....

RicoPallazzo! thank you... i am a gatorhater to the max but that has nothing to do with what happened to dunlap. thinking about why this is happening at the school has me thinking that there is no leadership, or could it be that the surroundings for breed that kind of criminal activity. i don't know. i mean there is nothing to do in gainesville and it seems to be a boring town but then again i've never been there and lived in miami all my life. an idle mind is the devil's advocate seems to be appropriate for gainvesville. Same thing can be said about the trio at Tennessee. i know one thing I'm thankful is that coach Shannon is keeping his players in good hands. anyways, what is done is done and i hope dunlap can get his life back together.

@CP Sounds like you still have newspapers from 1987 laying around the house. You don't clean up much do you? You're not a pack rat are you?

"Urbie the car salesman" just said Dunlap will not play against alibami, could this be true ?
maybe he wants to impress his future employer? ....

Gator joke of the day


How do you get a UF graduate off your front porch?

Pay him for the pizza !

Isn't innocent until proven guilty still the law of the land?

If I recall correctly, the Heat cut Robert Hite immediately after a DUI arrest and ultimately all charges were dropped. After that, Riley admitted how he jumped the gun on Hite and that was the reason he gave for adopting a better approach with regard to another incident (sorry I can't remember who because I don't remember the incident ever being discussed again) by waiting for the legal process to come to a conclusion. Meyer dismissed Jacques Richardson immediately after a domestic violence arrest last year that also turned out to be bogus.

So if indeed Dunlap is innocent until proven guilty and if he has yet to be proven guilty, then punishing a player based solely on an arrest a la Hite and Richardson is not only bad policy but damn near unconstitutional. Certainly if Meyer plays Dunlop, then he'd be opening himself up to severe criticism by the talking heads at ESPN and of course all-Gator haters, but no one deserves to be punished before they are proven guilty under the law. Not a Gator, not a Cane, not a Nole---it doesn't matter.

we do not even know 100% that the kid was drunk...suspend him for Bama and worry about this issue on Monday. Can't get distracted.

Posted by: richie | December 01, 2009 at 05:00 PM. I hope ur kidding...

FZB,

UF is ranked higher than UM by every university-ranking institution. sorry bud.

you didnt go to UM though so that's why you are talking trash. i get it. MDCC is ranked the highest among community colleges. once you pass that one class you're taking you should feel very proud. maybe your mom will let you turn the garage into your own little apartment.

I have some answers for those of you who were asking. I am a student at UF and was out last night because a buddy was in town. A little after midnight, we saw Carlos Dunlap with some "friends" at 101 Cantina (an upscale bar on University Ave, near the stadium). This location is at least a couple of miles from where the arrest occured on 34th Street. He did not seem very drunk at the time, but the bars close at 2:00 am here in Gainesville, so that leaves plenty of time for which I cannot account for between my sighting and his arrest.

To FZB,
Dude you have issues obvious to everyone..no one here wants to listen to your useless babble..your the kid that has no friends an no one likes...mom can't help you anymore. Please seek help from a professional..an do something productive with your life except spew hate!!

BTW,
Plz call 1-800-suicide

I find it amazing that, again, the UFelons supporters love to bring up the past transgressions of UM players, both at UM and afterward, but anytime a UM supporter says 5 natl. c-ships the UFelons fans say "that's in the past and its irrelevant." So when is the past relevant, only when it suits your nefarious points? If the past transgressions of UM's players are relevant, then so are the dastardly deeds of Charley Pell and Galen Hall, both of which should have caused UFelons to receive the death penalty. The only reason UFelons did not was because the NCAA lost its spine after the fall of SMU destroyed an entire conference.

As for Dunlap, I find it even more amazing that it has taken an incident this serious for many UFelons fans to finally start calling for serious punishment for players who commit crimes, break rules, etc. After 3 years of Cryer letting the inmates run the asylum and hiding behind the Savior, someone finally went too far and now the rednecks are out w/their pitchforks and torches, ready to crucify Dunlap. That reaction is just hilarious. Too bad what Dunlap did is not so funny.

Now I will sit back and, again, wait for the personal attacks b/c none of the UFelons will have a logical answer to my points . . .

Funny, Canes fans will do anything to shift focus from their moniker as "THUG U". Look, 30 Gators could be arrested tomorrow - including Tebow for a double homicide at a children's home - but Miami will always been known as "THUG U" I think 2 Live Crew is working on a new album with Jacory....

Posted by: CP

And funny, UFelons fans will do anything to distract focus from a CURRENT problem . . . namely the out-of-control situation going on up in Hicktown . . . by bringing up things that happend years ago. 5 natl. c-ships. Do they teach you how to count to 5 at the public universities in this state?

Yup, he should be suspended.

That is, unless the team wants somebody to blindly hit everyone else on the field.

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