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Friday, July 2, 2010

D.O.W.: Damon Evans (did you expect anything else?) UPDATED w/ police report

This isnt Tiger Woods
  • The physical likeness between Evans and Woods is undeniable, no?

If you haven't heard by now, UGA Athletic Director Damon Evans was arrested on Wednesday night after allegedly operating his 2009 BMW under the influence of alcohol.

Making matters worse—and more socially provocative—Evans, a married man with two children, was in the company of a 28-year-old woman who, let's just say...doesn't share a last name with Mr. Evans.

Possible infidelity, damaged reputations, fractured relationships and depleted finances.

All that I could thing about when watching this story develop yesterday was how similar the circumstances were to another African-American sports figure and his appetite for the occasional white mistress: Tiger Woods.

As if Evans wasn't in enough trouble, today's release of his DUI police report mentions that Evans "had a red pair of lady's panties between his legs" (WHOOPS) and apparently tried to use his AD status as a bribe.
Read the complete police report here

Let's compare the two shall we:

—While Woods is in a wealth neighborhood all by himself, both he and Evans shouldn't have any problems living in between paychecks, but both also had an awful lot to lose from their individual transgressions.

Transgressions that were uncovered after some rather questionable driving displays—with Woods crashing into a tree and Evans failing to maintain his lane.

—Many would argue that Woods is the most recognizable athlete in the world while Evans, a senior administrator at the state's flagship University, is regarded as one of the most influential people in the entire state of Georgia. Needless to say, Evans and Woods are very high-profile figures.

—Both Evans and Woods (and Sheriff Bart) apparently have an affinity for women of a lighter shade.

—Both Evans and Woods were "happily" married men with two children of opposite sexes.

—Both Evans and Woods had to deliver very public and distressing press conferences in front of family members and members of the media, but that's where the similarities between the two wealthy African-American sports figures end.

Here's why:

One can only assume that extramarital affairs between Evans and Courtney Fuhrmann—the aforementioned female passenger—had occurred, or were imminent, on Wednesday night, but that doesn't mean that they did. And there's a more-than-decent chance that Evans, unlike Woods, isn't hiding nearly three years of infidelities with multiple partners.

Evans also owned up to his mistake less than 24 hours after the public became aware of the story—unlike Woods who went into hiding for nearly three months before offering an over-scripted and painfully staged media address.

Amid all of Evans' poor decision making leading to his arrest, major kudos go to the soon-to-be former AD—or his media relations director—for the expediency at which his press conference was conducted and performed.

Scriptless, Evans came out and spoke from his heart and expressed deep remorse for his actions—and for that he should be applauded.

Unfortunately for Evans, his sincerity and earnestness in the aftermath of his arrest will likely go unrewarded as it's anticipated that UGA President Michael Adams will terminate Evans in the coming days.

If that proves to be the case, at least Damon Evans gave it his best shot at trying to be the anti-Tiger Woods:

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