Starks and the Cop: Dumb and Dumber

Deb LagardeCorrespondent IMay 24, 2009

DENVER - NOVEMBER 02:  Defensive end Randy Starks #94 of the Miami Dolphins warms up prior to facing the Denver Broncos during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 2, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Dolphins defeated the Broncos 26-17.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

By now it is an established fact that Randy Starks, driving a semi-truck cab that supposedly can seat only four people, but had 13, with someone on Starks's lap, was stopped by a cop because it held more than the proper limit of passengers.

Being around sports fans, I know that the majority are supporters of law enforcement.

For a reason I won't go into, I do not share this support unless it is warranted.

According to what I read on the fan site "The Phinsider" the cop was running alongside the semi cab Starks was driving, and Starks swerved the cab to the left, pinning the cop against another vehicle.

Most comments regarding this incident make statements that Starks should either be cut, or severely penalized by Dolphin management.

Penalized? Probably. Especially if he was drinking, if there was other driver-unfriendly behavior, or partying with a several thousand-pound device like a semi cab.

Cut? Not unless you want the only backup to Jason Ferguson—which Starks sometimes is—to be Paul "lazy butt" Soliai!

I am not disputing Starks did something stupid and dangerous.

But let me ask Bleacher Report readers this: Why in the blue blazes was a cop running or walking alongside a semi cab in an environment where he could put his own life in danger—just to give someone a ticket—and knowing there were vehicles nearby that he might be pinned against in the first place?

We need other pertinent facts, not just the cop's view of the story, before we condemn Starks, or before us Fins fans call for his cutting.

Was Starks drinking? Doing drugs? Partying? Speeding? Driving with no seat belt? Driving dangerously with children inside? Driving dangerously, period?

If he had a female on his lap, was he having any form of sex with her—in other words, distracted to the max?

Did the cop call for backup? Could the situation been handled better on law enforcement's part, with the cop calling for backup, then another cop car could have stopped the vehicle more safely?

I personally do not think Starks was the only one at fault here.

If it is right to put Starks in jail, then it is also possibly a good move to question the smartness of the cop, if not the legality of what he tried to do, and why he tried to do it.

This just in: The cop was reportedly off duty. This is sounding more and more like another case of law enforcement setting up someone to get arrested. No badge was shown, no gun pulled, nothing. For all we know, Starks may have thought the guy was playing cop and wasn't a cop in the first place. Nor was Starks drunk, as some claim.

In other words, it sounds like another cop overstepped his authority.