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Oh, Demetris Summers




|| By FITSNEWS || Demetris Summers put up staggering numbers as a high school running back in Lexington, South Carolina.  From 1999-2002, he amassed 9,076 yards and 120 touchdowns – and was the No. 2 running back recruit in the nation.

Hell, his totals still rank among the top fifteen high school rushing careers of all-time …

At the University of South Carolina, though, things started to unravel. Summers logged a respectable 1,125 yards and four touchdowns over his first two seasons, but was dismissed from the team by head coach Steve Spurrier in March of 2005 after failing one of several drug tests.

Summers pro career?  Eh …

He was a member of the Dallas Cowboys for two weeks in 2006 before being cut, and spent two years as a backup for the Canadian Football League (CFL)’s Calgary Stampeders – rushing for 188 yards and one touchdown prior to being released by the team in April of 2010.

What’s he been doing lately?

Yeah …

Last November, Summers was busted for driving under the influence, crack cocaine possession (with intent to distributes) and illegal possession of a firearm.

This week the 31-year-old was arrested again for drug trafficking, possessing a weapon during a violent crime and unlawful conduct toward a child.

Here’s his latest mug shot …


(Pic: Lexington County Detention Center)

Arrested along with Summers was his 30-year-old girlfriend Latesha Boykin.  Meanwhile three children living in their apartment were placed in protective custody.

Sad …

If he’d been able to play by the rules, Demetris Summers would likely be finishing up a successful NFL career right now.  He’d be set for life financially.  Married.  With a nice family.  Maybe pursuing a career as a coach or broadcaster.

Who knows?

Instead?  He’s a cautionary tale.  Blessed by God with the sort of natural abilities most of us could only dream of … Summers somehow found a way to piss it all away.

We’ve consistently supported the right of American citizens to manufacture, distribute, sell and consume drugs.  We believe that’s the free market at work … to say nothing of individual liberty.  But Summers is an example of how drugs can ruin your life if you let them … which he did.

Hopefully he’ll get his act together one day …