On the other hand, it’s a story of stupidity. It’s a story about a Detroit kid who had one foot in college AND football and the other in the thug life.
Here’s what The Gazette had on Douglas in Friday’s paper:
Ex-Hawkeye Douglas faces new charge
IOWA CITY — Former Iowa wide receiver Dominique Douglas’ probation could be revoked as he faces a new robbery charge.
Douglas, 20, of Detroit, was arrested Aug. 1 in Michigan and remains in the Wayne County Jail on charges of armed robbery, motor vehicle fraud and carrying a concealed weapon, according to a preliminary probation violation complaint filed Aug. 29 in Johnson County District Court. Police say he and another man robbed someone of jewelry, sunglasses, keys and $2,000 July 28.
Douglas was sentenced to two years of probation here after pleading guilty last year to credit card fraud.
Here’s an excerpt from a story I wrote in 2006 when Douglas was becoming one of the nation’s top freshman wideouts:
“He doesn’t have outstanding anything,” Murray-Wright athletics director
Robert Glenn said. “He’s not what you would call an athlete. He’s a football
player, and he’s a good one.”
Back in Detroit, the folks are not surprised. They say we haven’t seen anything yet.
“Trust me,” Glenn said. “I know you’ve seen him do some good things. You
haven’t seen anything yet. Trust me. Trust me.
“I’ve been doing this 35 years, and he’s probably the best receiver I’ve
seen in Detroit, by far.”
Yes, Glenn is biased. The Murray-Wright community is tightknit. Glenn is an alumnus. The M-W football coaching staff comprises alumni.
The school is in the “middle of the central city,” Glenn said. It doesn’t draw from a single neighborhood but from all over Detriot. Schools that draw from the city are test-taking schools with certain grade-point average requirements. You just go to M-W, Glenn said.
Douglas’ mom, Kathy Bowie, still goes to all of Murray-Wright’s games, Glenn said.
“At Murray-Wright, we’re all from Detroit, and most of us are from the ghetto,” Glenn said. “We know what it takes in order to be successful. Dominique is one of the people who actually listened and used us as a good example.”
Detroit is a million miles from Iowa City as far as the speed of life goes. But, Glenn believes, that might fit Douglas’ personality.
Glenn described Douglas as a “quiet, gentle person.”
“He doesn’t even have the temperament of what you’d say the average football
player has,” Glenn said. “He stays within himself most of the time.”
Sad and infuriating.