If you have not heard the news yet, Georgia’s ILB Alec Ogletree, made headlines once again for the wrong reasons. With just a few days before the highly anticipated NFL scouting combine, Ogletree had another run in with the law, as he was booked and charged with a DUI (driving under the influence). The news could not have come at worse time for Ogletree, as the NFL combine is just days away. Ogletree’s agent Pat Dye Jr., confirmed the reports saying:
Last weekend, my client Alec Ogletree was pulled over for speeding and a lane violation in Arizona. After the officers smelled alcohol, they conducted tests and also cited him for DUI. Although Alec regrets this incident terribly, he is thankful that there was no accident and that no one was hurt. Because this matter is still pending, we cannot comment further publicly at this time.
This is not the first time, Ogletree has had off-field issues. In 2012, Ogletree was suspended for the first four games of the season due to “violation of team rules,” which according to reports, was a violation of the team’s substance abuse policy. In addition to that setback, Ogletree had another run in with the law, when he stole a motor scooter and helmet that belonged to another Georgia athlete. So what does this all mean for a kid with so much potential? Everything!
In a business where integrity is everything, Ogletree is doing more harm than good, and could potentially cost himself millions of dollars. Many teams take character concerns very seriously and will drop a player at the drop of a dime, no matter how talented they may be, and I believe the San Francisco 49ers fit this mold. The Niners pride themselves on hard work, dedication, and commitment. There is no room for any off-field distractions, as any diversions would be quickly dealt with. A prime example of this, is when 49ers owner Jed York voiced his displeasure with CB Chris Culliver for his anti-gay remarks, saying:
I saw him this morning and told him, it’s up to you to live up to your apology.
If past behavior is any indication of future behavior, you can bet that the 49ers will pass on Ogletree even if he slides past the second-round, as they have no business drafting a potential headache in that close-knit locker room.