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Garcia “Shocked And Completely Flabbergasted” By Carolina Boot

Following his dismissal from the South Carolina football team, Stephen Garcia texted an AP reporter to say that he was “shocked and completely flabbergasted to be honest” by his ouster.

The oft-troubled quarterback reportedly failed a random substance test on October 4th — just one day after Steve Spurrier gave the starting nod to backup quarterback Connor Shaw — and that led to his final dismissal yesterday.

While the rest of the sporting world shrugged its shoulders, not surprised that the five-times-suspended Garcia had somehow stumbled again, the player’s father — Gary Garcia — gave a more complete picture of what’s been going on with his son to Josh Kendall of The State:


“He kind of made his own bed, and this is the culmination of some of those earlier mistakes.  He’s upset that he’s not finishing what he came here to do and that’s win an SEC championship, but he also is maybe kind of relieved to get a little bit of fresh air…

This has got to be the worst two weeks of his life, but it’s not going to be the worst two weeks in his life going forward, I can tell you that.  You deal with trials and tribulations, and you learn from it.  Hopefully, he continues to learn and grow.  We’ll let the dust settle for a couple of weeks and then look at what his options are.”

In addition to losing his starting job and being kicked off Carolina’s team in the past two weeks, Garcia also had to attend his grandfather’s funeral last week.  His father said, “The death of my father along with the Auburn loss and being benched contributed” to his son’s most recent violation.  It’s been reported that the test showed alcohol and marijuana in the younger Garcia’s system.

In the end, we’re talking about a 23-year-old college graduate who needs to get his life in order.  As his father correctly pointed out, Garcia will face more trials and tribulations in his life moving forward.  There are plenty of people twice his age who still rush to a dime-bag of pot or a bottle of liquor when they’re faced with crises.  Here’s hoping Garcia won’t be one of them.

 


13 comments
Joe V
Joe V

Really guys..??? Is everyone who commented on this issue above, a holy roller, or some ultra conservative extremist??!! He drank a bit.. Who cares about a 22 year old having a few drinks?? I mean really.. Its NOT wrong to have a few drinks!! Also, his grandmother just passed.. Everyone has different ways of grieving! As for smoking pot.. Well, first I want to make this very clear.. Marijuana is NOT physically addicting!! So dont call him an addic because you're judging a book by its cover!! You dont know everything that went down, or the situation!! Its not like he was shooting heroine! Pot is not a "drug"!! I do realize its illegal, but dang guys.. Pot just relaxes your mind a bit, especially in stressful situations! Not everything is black and white, when it comes to bring right and wrong! Im glad, and proud to have grown up in the "Bible belt", well most of the time.. A lot of people have very strong opinions about issues, and that's fine.. But one of the reasons I do very much dislike growing up and living in the "Bible belt" is the fact that a lot of people are very judgmental! They also ignorant when it comes to such things, like pot!! Please grow up guys! Sorry, Im just on one of my soap boxes

gibwud
gibwud

Further proof that he doesn't, or refuses, to get it.

BamaCLT
BamaCLT

Boo Hoo... I lost my grandmother, grandfather, father, and great uncle during college. I still didn't smoke or drink myself to the point of oblivion. I'm not trying to downplay his loss, but it is what it is. He's an addict and he needs help. Life is only going to get worse after college.

HoustonVol
HoustonVol

I see why he was shocked. Nothing else he had done had actually gotten him kicked off the team. Why now, and why was this the last straw?

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Garcia had been suspended on five previous occasions so obviously, this was a long time coming. Also, who really believes for a second that Spurrier would’ve pulled the trigger if Connor Shaw hadn’t played so well against Kentucky?



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