SHOULD HE HAVE BEEN, THOUGH?
A Clemson University defensive back has been arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Kaleb Chalmers (official bio here) – a 5-foot-11, 180 pound redshirt freshman – was busted on Monday evening in Clinton, S.C. According to police, he had an undisclosed amount of marijuana in his “groin area,” and a digital scale in the backseat of his vehicle. Upon searching Chalmers’ car, police also found five Vyvanse capsules and one Alprazolam pill.
Vyvanse – a.k.a. Lisdexamfetamine – is a stimulant used in treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and certain eating disorders. Alprazolam is better known by its trade name, Xanax.
Chalmers, 18, was a Shrine Bowl performer at Greenwood High School in 2014 – and was rated as the No. 11 overall prospect in the state of South Carolina by 247Sports. He did not play for head coach Dabo Swinney‘s squad in 2015, but was expected to compete for a starting job in the defensive backfield in 2016.
Chalmers suffered a separated shoulder earlier this spring but was expected to make a full recovery.
His status with the team is now uncertain …
This website takes a vastly different view of drug charges than most media outlets. We don’t believe recreational drug use should be illegal – especially not for an 18-year-old. In fact, we find it interesting that few of the news outlets plastering Chalmers’ face and name all over the internet bother to question why a police officer in Clinton, S.C. felt empowered to search his “suspicious” car.
According to the police report, the office approached Chalmers because he was “moving around inside the vehicle more than (a) normal amount.”
Really? That’s the basis for this search? An abnormal amount of moving around inside a vehicle?
Sounds pretty sketchy to us … but at least Chalmers escaped with his life. Some people in possession of marijuana in South Carolina aren’t so lucky.
More fundamentally, we would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our most fundamental point: That the multi-billion dollar industry being subsidized by athletes like Chalmers ought to be completely privatized – like the rest of the nation’s bloated system of government-run higher education. After all, nuisance arrests like this one would be much easier to overcome if an athlete more firmly controlled their own destiny as opposed to being an effective slave of the system.
Just because we condone recreational drug use (and abhor law enforcement overreach) doesn’t mean we completely side with Chalmers in this matter. Someone with his God-given abilities ought to know that such behavior is counterproductive to securing a prosperous future for himself. He should also know that given the current legal climate, such behavior puts himself at risk – and lets down his teammates, coaches and fans.