Are professional athletes given too many chances?

Leading Off: Boyett's arrest out of character

Published: Friday, Sep. 6, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 6, 2013 - 6:19 am

The John Boyett who made national news the other night when he wound up in jail isn't the same person I knew when he was The Bee's 2007 Player of the Year as a senior at Napa High School – a player emotionally moved by his ailing, wheelchair-bound sister, Danielle.

Boyett was charged with disorderly conduct, public intoxication and resisting arrest early Tuesday outside an Indianapolis nightclub, putting his NFL career in jeopardy.

During his years at Napa and as a safety at Oregon, Boyett was unfailingly polite and loyal to family and teammates. He draws crowds when he volunteers in the Napa community during the offseason. Nick Aliotti, his defensive coordinator at Oregon, once told me that Boyette is "all class, and he gets it."

Boyett obviously didn't get it this week, when he told officers, "You can't arrest me. I'm a Colts player."

He was wrong; the rookie sixth-round pick was arrested, then released by the Colts.

Knowing Boyett, he no doubt feels a great deal of shame, especially when he thinks about his sister, who died in 2011 and about whom he said recently, "I think about her every single day, and I'm inspired by her."

He apologized to the Colts and fans via Twitter and vowed to learn from this.

Here's hoping he gets another chance.

What to do

High school football, Folsom at Granite Bay, 7:30 p.m.: It doesn't get any better than this: the No. 1 Bulldogs vs. the No. 2 Grizzlies.

What to watch

Baseball, Houston at A's, 7:05 p.m., CSNCA: A.J. Griffin goes for win No. 13 as the A's contend for the playoffs.

Today's poll

Are professional athletes given too many chances?

• Yes

• No

• Sometimes

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Wednesday poll results

How should Brian Wilson be treated when he takes the mound for the Dodgers at AT&T Park?

• Cheered for all he did for the Giants: 59%

• Booed because he's wearing blue: 22%

• Ignored; who cares? 19%

Total votes: 311

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