The report spread like wildfire across the Internet. Crimson Tide freshman running back Brent Calloway was arrested in the early morning hours Friday, and charged with second-degree possession of marijuana.
Reaction was swift and loud. Kick him off the team. At least he smokes the real stuff, not that cheap imitation junk they smoke at LSU. Now we get to watch Saban Process him.
Let’s be honest; lots of kids smoke pot. Most get away with it and some don’t. They’re busted by their parents, or maybe have a run in with the justice system. Then at some point, kids reach a crossroads as they approach adulthood. Most decide it’s time to put this stuff down and finish college; or get a job; or get married and move on with my life.
For others, it becomes as much a part of their lives as eating and sleeping. And then it becomes who they are, what they do, and in some cases the dreaded gateway to Reefer Madness or worse.
But rarely does a young man get so stark a choice as Calloway now faces. His choice is being made not in his living room with his parents, or in a car with his buddies. He’s making it with tens of thousands of Crimson Tide fans watching.
Unlike most young men in his position, his choice will have infinitely more serious ramifications. Because Brent Calloway is choosing between the freedom to have fun and enjoy life any way he wants, and sacrificing short-term fun for long-term success. It’s a choice between keeping it real with his crew, and having the opportunity to change the lives of his entire family.
The man with the power to facilitate that decision is his football coach. Back in 2004, when he coached at LSU (and presumably they had the real weed back then), Saban wrote a motivational book titled How Good Do You Want To Be? That is the question facing Brent Calloway right now. For his sake, and not that of the Tide faithful, we hope he makes the right choice.