Auburn Football: Arrests of 5-Star DT Commit Dee Liner Should Raise Red Flags

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterJuly 12, 2012

Auburn commit Dee Liner / Photo Credit:
Auburn commit Dee Liner / Photo Credit:

Any time a player on a roster or a player that potentially could be on a roster gets arrested, it should raise the eyebrows of coaches.

That should be no different in the case of 5-star defensive lineman Dee Liner, a longtime commitment to Auburn in the class of 2013.

According to a report by Nick Lough of WAFF 48 in Huntsville, Ala., Liner was arrested twice in a two-week span beginning on July 1 and again on July 10.

The July 10 arrest is for criminal trespassing after Liner and several others jumped a fence at the Sheffield (Ala.) Public Pool. 

That arrest alone shouldn't be concerning. If we criticized everybody that hopped fences and/or illegally trespassed as a high school student, 99.9 percent of us would be subject to that criticism. Granted, not all of us got arrested for it, but it still happens.

The first arrest, however, should raise red flags for Auburn coaches and every other staff that still feels that it has a shot at flipping the 6'2", 275-pounder.

Liner was arrested on July 1 and charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing government operations. According to the report, Liner drove up to a police officer that was conducting a traffic stop, ran up to the officer, cursed at her, threw things at her and screamed several phrases including, "let my [expletive] mother go."

That shows a lack of respect for authority.

Emotions get the best of everybody from time to time. It happens. But officers of the law demand respect, and the July 1 incident clearly shows that Liner lacks respect for authority.

That's not to say that Auburn should revoke its scholarship offer to Liner or that other schools should back off. But even if the incident with the police officer was a momentary lapse of judgement, that lapse should raise red flags for all of Liner's suitors.