Colorado Football: Buffs' Run-in with the Law Shows Guns Are No Joking Matter

Erin Sorensen@erinsorensenContributor IAugust 8, 2012

November 25, 2011; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Jon Embree during the first half against the Utah Utes at Rice Eccles Stadium.  Colorado defeated Utah 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE
Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

An incident that took place Saturday in Boulder, Colorado has left two players suspended and one removed from the team.

Head coach Jon Embree confirmed Tuesday that eight CU football players were pulled over around 2 a.m. Saturday after a witness believed to have seen a gun being pointed from one car to another, according to The gun in question ended up being an Airsoft pellet gun, but the incident called for 10 Boulder police offers to respond. No tickets were issued.

Those involved were CU football players Jermane Clark, Jeffrey Thomas, DaVaughn Thornton, Jered Bell, Keenan Canty, Joshua Moten, Paul Vigo and Derrick Webb. Embree stated that only three of the young men were directly involved, and that Clark, Thomas and Thornton would be disciplined. Since then, Clark has been announced to be leaving the program, while Thomas and Thornton are suspended from both the Colorado State and Sacramento State games.

The unfortunate side to this event is how close to home it hits for Colorado. After a mass shooting just weeks ago took the lives of 12 and injured 58 at a screening of Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, an incident such as this is unsettling. While some may use the "boys will be boys" mentality to make this okay, it simply is not.

All players involved created havoc on Saturday, scaring witnesses who believed the two cars were genuinely shooting at one another. Due to recent events, this has to be looked at more seriously than ever before.

Embree handled the news the best he could, stating it was a poor decision by the few young men, as reported by

It was three guys making poor decisions. I know no charges were filed and any of that, but at the end of the day, we don't behave that way. There is no gray area when you behave like those guys behaved. They've been punished appropriately."

Embree also praised the Boulder Police Department for their response and how they handled the events as they unfolded. The head coach was clear that the players had been referred to to the CU student affairs office and that the matter would not be taken lightly.

Confirming he had it under control, Embree concluded to, "I don't care if I'm coaching the checkers team, if you're on my team, there is a certain way we have to behave."

(h/t Dr. Saturday)