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Blaine Gabbert has at least one red flag

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With all the focus on the off-field questions regarding Cam Newton, it has been widely assumed that the other top quarterback prospect, Blaine Gabbert, has none.

Well, Gabbert has at least one.  It’s not a huge one, but it’s there.

Gabbert, his brother, Tyler, and Missouri linebacker Andrew Gachkar reportedly got into a fight last year with another group of men outside a pizza place in Columbia, Missouri.  Police made no arrests and issued no citations, even though the police report indicated that all of the men involved likely had been drinking — and even though the Gabberts were under the legal drinking age.

So what does it mean?  It possibly speaks to the existence of a temper that in some situations within the confines of football could be a good thing, and that in some situations within the confines of football could be a bad thing.  Like every other draft-eligible player, it’s an issue that requires further exploration, examination, and investigation.

Especially if there’s any chance that there may have been other times that the cops in Columbia looked the other way when guys from the local college football team may have gotten themselves into trouble.

And, obviously, the issue of underage drinking — though very common — at least requires some background work by the teams on whether drinking ever crossed the line for Gabbert from periodic recreational activity into “problem” territory.

We’ve got a feeling that any teams seriously interested in Gabbert have explored those issues thoroughly.  If they haven’t, they should.

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42 Responses to “Blaine Gabbert has at least one red flag”
  1. jw731 says: Apr 3, 2011 7:18 AM

    I wonder what Warren Moon has to say about this…..

  2. bleedgreen08052 says: Apr 3, 2011 7:44 AM

    What a joke. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been in AT LEAST one drunken brawl!!

  3. mhs8031 says: Apr 3, 2011 7:50 AM

    You either make or report a lot of damaging assumptions here that could cost the kid millions of dollars. Hey, but you gotta make a living too, right?

    Police: All men involved “likely had been drinking,” nobody tested, just a hunch.

    You: Suggesting that police give special treatment to Tiger players when there is no reason to think so.

    You are starting rumors, nothing more.

  4. patpatriotagain says: Apr 3, 2011 7:58 AM

    newslflash. someone at college drank before he was 21. everyone in the draft has “red flags”

  5. Patriot42 says: Apr 3, 2011 8:01 AM

    “What a joke. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been in AT LEAST one drunken brawl!!”

    Oh Really?

  6. daytonaken says: Apr 3, 2011 8:09 AM

    Come on, Mike. I’ve heard worse from the church bowling league. No story here.

  7. packattack1967 says: Apr 3, 2011 8:13 AM

    Being in a bar fight should be a prerequisite for an NFL player. Just Sayin’

  8. kegowhisky says: Apr 3, 2011 8:31 AM

    PLEASE let this this lockout end soon before the lack of news drives the “media” to dissect and nit-pick these kids to death. I don’t care if it’s Blaine Gabbert, Cam Newton, or that new speedster who just showed up from Mars who can do the 40 in one second flat!

  9. wolfinout says: Apr 3, 2011 8:49 AM

    It sounds like quite the ruckus, I’m surprised nobody was killed….

  10. flyerscup2010 says: Apr 3, 2011 8:50 AM

    bleedgreen, not everyone is an Eagles fan…

    but I doubt that any teams care that he was drinking and got into a fight. many college kids drink and many NFL players drank in college. many NFL players have been in fights, both on and off the field as well.

    regardless, Gabbert sucks.

  11. duanethomas says: Apr 3, 2011 8:58 AM

    How about the red flag of not being a winner? Chase Daniels set records and took them to a BCS bowl. Same coach, same system, only thing different is him and he is a franchise qb??? Not buying this guy as a Top 10 pick.

  12. blitzthepig says: Apr 3, 2011 9:04 AM

    Hey, it shows the guy has some grizzle to him.

  13. arrogantathlete says: Apr 3, 2011 9:06 AM

    haha….a college kid drinking and getting into a fight. wow, that should drop him to the 2nd round.

  14. 3octaveFart says: Apr 3, 2011 9:09 AM

    bleedgreen08052 says: Apr 3, 2011 7:44 AM

    “I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been in AT LEAST one drunken brawl!!”

    Time to find some new friends and reevaluate your life then.

  15. conseannery says: Apr 3, 2011 9:17 AM

    a pizza place in Columbia, Missouri.

    Even money it’s a Papa Johns or Dominos.

  16. Kave Krew says: Apr 3, 2011 9:20 AM

    Hey, go easy, it’s the culture he was raised in and lives in.

    Man of The Year Award to be presented to Blaine Gabbert Monday April 4 @ 8pm at the Mario Pizza’s Award Dinner.

    Gabbert will not be in attendance, but will be announced as a “no show” Tuesday morning on PFT.

  17. bucks12965 says: Apr 3, 2011 9:21 AM

    I have heard he has also crossed streets without using the crosswalks.

  18. ncoolong says: Apr 3, 2011 9:28 AM

    A guy sustains a broken nose after an alleged drunken fight in a public place…and no one was arrested?

    The cops file a report that they showed up to a public place after a fight occurred, there’s significant damage done to one’s person…and they didn’t arrest anyone?

    The cops make a statement that two underage people (at least) were “likely drinking,” but no charges were filed?

    There are all kinds of holes in this story. Doesn’t take a genius to suggest not everything in this story is true.

  19. ryan71780 says: Apr 3, 2011 10:08 AM

    ncoolong says: Apr 3, 2011 9:28 AM

    “A guy sustains a broken nose after an alleged drunken fight in a public place…and no one was arrested?

    The cops file a report that they showed up to a public place after a fight occurred, there’s significant damage done to one’s person…and they didn’t arrest anyone?

    The cops make a statement that two underage people (at least) were “likely drinking,” but no charges were filed?

    There are all kinds of holes in this story. Doesn’t take a genius to suggest not everything in this story is true.”

    ncoolong,

    Tons of fights happen all the time with no arrest/charges. Its called mutual combat, people just don’t press charges, no big deal.

    And there’s a big difference between being able to tell underage people have been drinking and catching them with alcohol. Even then they are usually just made to pour it out.

  20. baseballstars says: Apr 3, 2011 10:38 AM

    Blaine’s biggest red flag is starring in the film “The Warriors.”

  21. henryjones20 says: Apr 3, 2011 10:39 AM

    no big deal at all in my book. just like it was no big deal in my book that cam bought a stolen laptop. who hasent got into a drunkn brawl when they were a 10.just like who has ever bought something stolen b4 or wanted 2? just funny how all u ppl stick up 4 blain yet wana bash cam

  22. baronvonmonocle says: Apr 3, 2011 10:44 AM

    He was smart enough to have a linebacker with him when he got in a drunken brawl. That should count for something.

  23. fsfwannabe says: Apr 3, 2011 10:47 AM

    @baseballstars: I was going to say it was having parents that named their children Blaine and Tyler, but that is better.

  24. thefiesty1 says: Apr 3, 2011 10:52 AM

    A “red flag” for underage drinking? Oh my! What’s this world coming to? They better be looking at his record at Mizzu rather than worrying about a scuffle outside a pizza joint. If he wasn’t cited for public intoxication, it’s not worth a report on this site.

  25. tryagainplease says: Apr 3, 2011 11:03 AM

    this is nothing compared to the heathen mallett- that sorry sucker got a public intox. go ahead, pick yourself up off the floor at the horror of that. it’s a good thing the gossip mongers have branded him with character concerns. while kissing blaine’s butt or we’d never know that cops were more lenient in columbia than in fayetteville.

  26. 1buckeye76 says: Apr 3, 2011 11:09 AM

    So does this mean that he is or isn’t an icon?

  27. henryjones20 says: Apr 3, 2011 11:16 AM

    tednancy: join the club,he delets most of my post also,like the one i left 2 hrs ago how ppl crucify cam 4 buying a stolen laptop(who hasent bought or thought about buyin sumthin stolen) yet all these fans on this website stick up 4 blaine 4 getting into a drunkn brawl. they were both minors and i choose not 2 label either one…..but if u read all the comments,then u gota say that 4 some reason the fans hate cam n love blaine!! smh

  28. whatswiththehate says: Apr 3, 2011 11:16 AM

    ncoolong says:
    Apr 3, 2011 9:28 AM
    There are all kinds of holes in this story. Doesn’t take a genius to suggest not everything in this story is true.

    ———————–
    Unless the cops were lying because the station quoted it from the police report.

    Anyway, I guess somewhere Ryan Mallett must be mad as HELL. He gets arrested for public intoxication and underage drinking but Blaine gets a slap on his wrist and a “no big deal” attitude by the media when his druken fight for bathroom time gets exposed…which it seems everyone has overlooked. They are outside, so I’m sure everyone has already PISSED, why the need to fight? What, someone piss on themselves and was mad or something.

    What’s even worst is Cam was rip for doing something most teens would do when realizing they are in trouble…Get rid of the evidence. Yet, the likelihood of Blaine being made fun of because someone didn’t come out of a bathroom fast enough is very small.

    See the difference in lifestyle, I can more relate to what Cam did ar 18 than I can with Blaine getting in drunken public fights. Buying things off of other students is quite normal in college. And please don’t try to say he stole it cause no theif is going to tell a cop that he bought a lap-top for $120 dollars. That’s a typical kid being approached and being offered and him only having $120 and saying yes. I’m sure the guy who stole the lap-top only wanted quick money, anyway. Lesson learnt Cam, ALWAYS ask for a receipt and if they can’t give it then don’t take it. And the cheating on term paper stuff, like who the heck never had someone in their family or girlfriend write their papers for them..DUH..that’s cheating. I guess I’m amongst college students everyday and I see how they behave without realizing it. Term papers, test imformation, study guides, you name it, they pass it to their friends or pay for it..

    Actually, I’ll be a little more concerned about Blaine than Cam cause I really doubt Cam will be buying anymore “hot” lap-tops for $120. And he’ll just have his girlfriend do his papers for him. Some folks simply don’t like term papers…But Blaine and drinking in public and his behavior, IS something to keep an eye on just like they are with Mattell. Who I’m sure is extremely PISSED right now..lol

  29. lotusfather says: Apr 3, 2011 11:23 AM

    A college kid got drunk and then got into a fight! Holy hell, what is the world coming to!!!

  30. whatswiththehate says: Apr 3, 2011 11:28 AM

    baronvonmonocle says:
    Apr 3, 2011 10:44 AM
    “He was smart enough to have a linebacker with him when he got in a drunken brawl. That should count for something.”
    ————————–
    See now you’re raising more “red flags.” Is it a habit of his to talk smack when folks upset him knowing that his big burly linebacker friends will scare them off. But, I guess this time the linebacker scare tactic did work. His brother got decked..Oh my…from fighting over bathroom time, to wondering where Blaine was when his brother got deck, there are so many levels of humour to this story. I hope it does die to quickly..lol

  31. coachstram says: Apr 3, 2011 11:30 AM

    BUST!

    Said it 4 months ago, I’ll say it again – BUST!!!

    What has this guy done to merit all the hype?

    Seriously.

  32. whatswiththehate says: Apr 3, 2011 11:40 AM

    tryagainplease says:
    Apr 3, 2011 11:03 AM
    this is nothing compared to the heathen mallett- that sorry sucker got a public intox. go ahead, pick yourself up off the floor at the horror of that. it’s a good thing the gossip mongers have branded him with character concerns. while kissing blaine’s butt or we’d never know that cops were more lenient in columbia than in fayetteville.
    ——————————
    Blaine must have told them who he was and they compared him to Chase, felt sorry for him, and let him go.

    Anyway, this year’s top four QBs have got to be the most dubious. Two drunks and one alleged “scammer” depending who which college person you ask. Jake needs to step up his game cause he’s all left out of this party of QBs.

  33. peytonsforehead says: Apr 3, 2011 11:40 AM

    Wow! I’ll take me a QB that gets in barfights! Just not one that visits bar bathrooms for trouble.

  34. fordwuzanazi says: Apr 3, 2011 11:49 AM

    I wonder if the officers on the site would have let Jeremy Maclin or Donario Alexander walk away from an underaged drunken brawl.

  35. CKL says: Apr 3, 2011 12:05 PM

    duanethomas says: Apr 3, 2011 8:58 AM

    How about the red flag of not being a winner? Chase Daniels set records and took them to a BCS bowl. Same coach, same system, only thing different is him and he is a franchise qb??? Not buying this guy as a Top 10 pick.
    ____________________________________
    THIS.
    NO QB should be in the first this year.

    whstswiththehate:
    Getting in bar fights is very stupid ESPECIALLY if you are underage. It shows bad judgment just as Cam’s issues show his bad judgment. What “scares” me about your opinion is that you think that cheating on papers & tests isn’t a big deal. “Some people don’t like writing papers.” SO WHAT? Life isn’t about doing only what you like to do and are good at. Athletes already have a majority of their lives arranged that way. I don’t want a guy who, when the going gets tough, says EFF IT, I’ll just give up, cheat or take short cuts. And if Gabbert or any other QB had cheating on tests or papers his resume I would feel the same about them.

  36. hobartbaker says: Apr 3, 2011 12:11 PM

    It was merely an aside in the police report that “all parties had probably been drinking”. No one was tested. The other guys in the dispute were in their 30s and from out of town. None of them were students. One of them sucker punched Tyler Gabbert, breaking his nose, “for taking too long using the bathroom”. That is when Blaine stepped in, OBVIOUSLY.

    The employees of the pizza place exonerated the football players from blame and the guy who punched Tyler Gabbert was not charged because the Gabbert boys would not identify him. They preferred to deal with it themselves.

    No computers were stolen or damaged by being thrown out a second floor window in the incident.

  37. theytukrjobs says: Apr 3, 2011 1:39 PM

    Most coaches would look at this as a positive.

  38. packerswambulance says: Apr 3, 2011 2:15 PM

    Let the slide begin. All the way to #12.

  39. stampnhawk says: Apr 3, 2011 2:29 PM

    “Police say the fight involved taking too long in the bathroom”

    What the hell is this? Even in Missouri I thought a drunken fight outside a pizza parlor would be about some chick, or Ford vs. Chevy.

    But stemming from one of the guys taking too long to powder his nose like some aforementioned chick, and having another guy calling him on it?

    Embarrassing.

  40. vicksprman says: Apr 3, 2011 4:35 PM

    Excuses, Excuses, all these comments trying to laugh it off or downplay what happened. You guys are proving Warren Moon’s theory daily.

  41. whatswiththehate says: Apr 3, 2011 5:51 PM

    hobartbaker says:
    Apr 3, 2011 12:11 PM
    It was merely an aside in the police report that “all parties had probably been drinking”. No one was tested. The other guys in the dispute were in their 30s and from out of town. None of them were students. One of them sucker punched Tyler Gabbert, breaking his nose, “for taking too long using the bathroom”. That is when Blaine stepped in, OBVIOUSLY.

    The employees of the pizza place exonerated the football players from blame and the guy who punched Tyler Gabbert was not charged because the Gabbert boys would not identify him. They preferred to deal with it themselves.

    No computers were stolen or damaged by being thrown out a second floor window in the incident.
    ————————————-
    If you weren’t there then why are you defending? Here is the quote directly; “A police report says the players and the others involved likely had been drinking, but no one was ticketed or arrested.” It said the POLICE REPORT. there was NO “aside” anything.

  42. whatswiththehate says: Apr 3, 2011 6:04 PM

    It shows bad judgment just as Cam’s issues show his bad judgment. What “scares” me about your opinion is that you think that cheating on papers & tests isn’t a big deal. “Some people don’t like writing papers.” SO WHAT? Life isn’t about doing only what you like to do and are good at. Athletes already have a majority of their lives arranged that way. I don’t want a guy who, when the going gets tough, says EFF IT, I’ll just give up, cheat or take short cuts. And if Gabbert or any other QB had cheating on tests or papers his resume I would feel the same about them
    ————————————
    Please don’t preach to me. Unlike you, I’m in a college with students rangingf from 18 to grown-behind adults. I never said I condone what the students were doing. I said I can understand. And please take a chill.. It’s simply not that deep…Unless u work for the media.

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