Hearing Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel got a DWI is one thing. Actually seeing it is something entirely different.
The video of Pinkel completely tanking a DWI test makes the event far more real than reading about it in the news.
He faced an uphill battle in regaining respect as it was. The fact that his team and the rest of the world can visually see that he was clearly driving when he had no business being behind the wheel, takes this situation from bad to worse.
Any harsh discipline he imparts upon players who step out of line is going to be seen as hypocritical. That player will undoubtedly be thinking, "Are you kidding me? I saw the video coach," and they'll have a point.
The head coach is supposed to set the example for his team to follow. He's the standard for the program. Preaching the importance of making the right decisions while making poor choices is blatantly hypocritical.
Everyone makes mistakes. Pinkel will now relate with players who step out of line in an entirely different way. It's a huge blow to the sort of program that he's trying to run, but being able to speak of consequences and accountability from his own personal experience just might give him a little bit of the credibility he's sorely lacking at the moment.
This isn't the end of the world for Pinkel and though this video will lead to further embarrassment and dig him an even deeper hole, the Mizzou program's image isn't tarnished and Pinkel's reputation is not in an irreparable state.