Posted by: marcmwm | February 28, 2009

Ferentz suspends Prater after OWI

Freshman cornerback Shaun Prater would’ve entered spring practice with a legitmate shot at the open job at corner. Now, who knows.

You don’t have to be versed in coach-speak to see that Kirk Ferentz is more than PO’d with the sophomore’s OWI arrest Saturday morning. This is a sizable setback.

How big? You have to wonder about Prater’s future at Iowa after reading this Ferentz statement:

“He will be required to serve numerous internal obligations, set by me.”

How did this kid end up driving himself home with an alleged BAC of .134? How did Anthony Tucker end up passed out in an Iowa City alley? I know teammates have each others’ backs in competition. They need to be looking out for each other off the field. Could these have been prevented? I don’t know. But brother’s keeper needs to be stapled into the playbooks. 

Below is Carla Keppler’s story on The Gazette’s website and then the UI release with Ferentz’s statement. 

IOWA CITY — A University of Iowa football player was cited for drunken driving early this morning.

Freshman defensive back Shaun M. Prater, 19, of Omaha, was charged with OWI at 1:22 a.m. Saturday in the 500 block of 1st Ave., Coralville when officers stopped him because his registration information was not visible from the rear.

When officers approached Prater, the defendant had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and smelled strongly of alcohol, according to official reports. He failed field sobriety tests, including a preliminary breath test that registered at .134. His blood alcohol content was recorded at .127.

Upon arrest, Prater told police that his bartender “must have put alcohol in his Coca-Cola.”

Iowa’s Shaun Prater Suspended from Football

            IOWA CITY, IA – – University of Iowa freshman defensive back Shaun Prater has been charged with OUI in an incident Friday night in Iowa City. The following is a statement by Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz:

            “I was extremely disappointed to learn of the incident involving Shaun Prater. He has been suspended indefinitely.  He will be required to serve numerous internal obligations, set by me.  He’ll also face a multiple game suspension in the fall.”

            Prater, a 5-11, 172-pounder from Omaha, NE, played in all 13 games last season as a true freshman.  He was credited with eight tackles.



  1. Really Shaun? The bartender probably did put alcohol in your Coca-Cola, if you asked him to. .13? That’s a ridiculous number.

    What was the theme from Dragnet? “Dummm, da dumb dumb.”

    Brother’s keeper is right, Marc. Where was his twin bro?

  2. I hope it stops here. These things ten to come in groups at this time of year.

    Brother keeper is right. I felt horrible about the Anthony Tucker deal and thought that would be a great teaching tool for a lot of student athletes.

    I guess that idea was overlooked.

  3. Prater and Montell Marion need to spend a week shoveling out an Iowa barn in order to get rid of a certain substance. As a prosecutor, I find the weak and pathetic lies to be insulting to the hearer and awesome to repeat back to a jury. Even Marion’s dad is tired of it now.

    People make mistakes, but character won’t try to lie out of them. Good for KF.

  4. Marc, that’s an excellent point. That’s when “on the record” comes back to kick you in the teeth. The Coca-Cola comment will have this making the rounds on “Deadspins” of the world on Monday. I’m glad you made that point. Don’t insult the officer’s intelligence.

    This stuff is never going to go away. It’s never going to be 100 percent clear. My point is this: I know these guys go out in groups. There should be some peer moderation, some sort of designated driver in this case. I’m sure the peer aspect of this has been addressed within the program. Maybe it should become protocol, or maybe that’s wishful thinking on my part.

    Does everyone detect the anger in KF’s statement?

    “Statements” are usually void of emotion. Not this one.

  5. […] in ‘08, came to Iowa with his twin brother, Shaun. They always played on the same team. Shaun Prater was charged with an OWI in late […]

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