Originally written February 17, 2012 on Midwest Sports Fans:
Last night, Purdue guard D.J. Byrd was arrested for public intox. (More details here from our friends at Hammer & Rails.) As of this writing, no word has emerged yet on how Purdue coach Matt Painter will discipline Byrd. If you were the Purdue coach, how would you punish Byrd? How would you punish D.J. Byrd? (Photo by Michael Heinz/Journal & Courier) A few facts to consider:
  • This is Byrd’s first disciplinary issue to my knowledge.
  • Last year, Kelsey Barlow was suspended for the NCAA Tournament, presumably for a marijuana offense.
  • Byrd has been playing very well of late, scoring in double digits in each of Purdue’s last five games, including 20 or more in two of the last three.
  • Purdue is on the NCAA Tournament bubble at 17-9. Three of their final five games are against #8 Michigan State, #19 Michigan, and #20 Indiana.
Here are my thoughts on the issue: Among the offenses that a college athlete can commit, public intox is rather low on my list of egregiousness. It is, however, extremely high on my list of are you an idiot? offenses. It’s just stupid. Downright stupid. Especially for someone in Byrd’s position. And Byrd should be punished for his stupidity, both to discipline him and to send a message to the rest of the team. So as much as it will hurt to not have him against Michigan State on Sunday, I think Painter has to sit Byrd for that game. It’s a big punishment to the player and the team, but stupid is as stupid does, and this level of abject stupidity earns a suspension. It’s just bad timing that such a huge game looms next on the schedule. Then I’d probably run Bryd into the ground with punishment laps/suicides/stairs for the rest of the season. Since missing the Michigan State game punishes he and the team, he needs a little extra that punishes just him. That’ll do the trick. But that’s it. There is no need to vilify the kid for doing anything more than making a dumb decision, a really dumb decision (unless, of course, this is a pattern that we don’t know about publicly, then all bets are off). But Byrd didn’t get into a fight on the court, he didn’t cheat on a test, he’s not academically ineligible, he’s not running a drug dealing ring, he didn’t abuse a woman, etc, etc. He’s a college student who went out to drink on a Thursday night and got popped for being drunk in public. It happens. It’s stupid, especially for a big time college athlete to do it, but it happens. It’s not a blight on his character, just a blight on his common sense and judgment. So I say sit Byrd for the Michigan State game, run his ass into the ground privately, and then move on. Maybe it’s a lesson he needed to learn, and now he’ll learn it. And that’s part of what going to college is all about. What would you do to him? Vote and comment below. Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. **********
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Giants shut out Pirates, advance to NLDS

Cowboys' Spillman accused of rape at team hotel

Report: Patriots benched WR for mouthing off to coach

Jose Bautista busts up reporter over Twitter

Sammy Watkins calls out EJ Manuel

Larry Donnell benches himself in fantasy, loses because of it

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Josh Gordon says NFL’s drug policy is harrassment

Steve Smith: Ron Rivera hid in his office after cutting me

Rondo hoping for an opening night return from broken hand

Jon Gruden on Raiders job: 'I'm not thinking about coaching'

Tom Brady defends not congratulating Garoppolo on TD

Ohio State student who ran on field loses full scholarship

ESPN reporter announces she has breast cancer

Byron Scott explains why Kobe wouldn't make a good coach

Hibbert texts Duncan for advice on being like Spurs

Belichick repeats moving 'on to Cincinnati' during presser

Donald Sterling’s wife called the cops on V. Stiviano

WATCH: Mayweather shocked someone doesn’t know who he is

Who is the new face of MLB?

NHL 15 predicts the LA Kings win the Cup again

J.J. Watt buys his mom a new car for her birthday

Ranking the NFL coaches already sitting on the hot seat

WATCH: Smith tells Panthers to go home and mow his lawn

The best games on the NFL slate in Week 5

Boilermakers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Cowboys player accused of rape

Scott: Kobe would not be a good coach

Pats WR benched for mouthing off?

Sammy Watkins calls out EJ Manuel

Donnell benches himself in fantasy and loses

Gordon: Drug policy is harrassment

Who is the new face of baseball?

Steve Smith blasts Panthers coach, GM

What will the A’s look like in 2015?

All-Disappointment Team in MLB

Ryan Lochte: Phelps made dumb decision

WATCH: Brett Favre in new commercial

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.