Sheriff needs to know more about investigation of Jaguars RB sleeping in a pond

AP

If you read the story of Jaguars running back Denard Robinson asleep in his car, sinking in a pond at 4:20 a.m., with local cops finding nothing wrong and thought the whole thing a little strange, you’re not alone.

According to Dana Treen and Joe Daraskevich of the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said his office wants to take another look as well.

Specifically, he wants a few more details about what happened, which seems a reasonable request when a professional football player sleeping in a car which is sinking in a pond leads his cops to think everything is perfectly normal.

“I have ordered a review of the incident by the officers’ chain of command. Based on that review, any necessary and warranted corrective action will be taken,” Williams told the newspaper.

The newspaper asked some questions which anyone with a cursory sense of intellectual curiosity would ask, including what tests were performed on Robinson to determine he wasn’t impaired, how Robinson and his passenger happened to end up sleeping in a pond without some ordinance being violated and how the pair returned home after the police woke them up to inform them they were sinking in a pond.

Beyond the two-sentence statement, Williams didn’t respond.

The crash report paints what is seemingly a clear picture of someone in some way less-than-able to pilot a car (or a boat), as the officer responding to the scene wrote: “I was able to wake the driver but had to turn the vehicle off and remove his seat belt. The driver thought he was on the road and did not want to exit the vehicle. I had to tell the driver multiple times the car was in a pond and was sinking.”

But a second officer evaluated Robinson for possible impairment, though there’s no indication of how they determined that or what if any tests were performed. It’s also unclear how they got home.

Robinson himself issued a statement saying he was “tired,” but offered few other details.

That’s not nearly enough at this point, and it sounds like Jacksonville’s top cop wants a few more answers from him and his officers.

73 responses to “Sheriff needs to know more about investigation of Jaguars RB sleeping in a pond

  1. Sheriff needs to know more about investigation of Jaguars RB sleeping in a pond
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    Its safe to say the Jaqs have the worst luck out of all 32 teams

  2. It appears Jacksonville police train at the same academy as the Tallahassee police, whose motto is to protect and to serve all local athlete’s needs. This came from the LAPD training manual on dealing with celebs (see OJ: Made in America for more details).

  3. I don’t understand what the big deal is?

    Lots of people take naps in in their cars while in ponds at 4:20 AM.

    Just like they show up naked and crazed at police stations or trying to break into peoples houses.

    Nothing to see here, move along.

  4. Definitely doesn’t pass the smell test. Probably just some Jax cops trying to let a football player off the hook. Taking a page from Tallahassee/Gainesville police.

  5. It seems strange, but anything is possible. I can tell you from experience that falling asleep at the wheel is a scary event! But even hitting the rumble strips on the side of the road instantly grabs your attention. I can’t believe that driving into pond would provide the same time of awakening.

  6. Drunk and high out of his mind…he’s so fortunate it didn’t turn out worse

  7. You’re getting cynical in your old age. I am sure stuff like this happens all of the time. Who amongst us hasn’t fallen asleep behind the wheel and driven into one type of body of water or another?

    I once drove off a fishing pier in New Jersey and didn’t wake up until I got to England. True story.

  8. It’s hard to believe that both people would be so impaired and for the police to say no one was impaired. Before we all throw insinuations about drug use, let’s consider the possibility that this could have been the result of carbon monoxide poisoning from the car’s exhaust leaking into the car itself. The two people in the car should have been taken to a local hospital for blood tests in the name of their own safety.

  9. Definitely something fishy here. There is no way simple tiredness would account for this bizarre behavior. He may have been on speed medication or perhaps the cops looked the other way and “saw no evil,” not testing him. Those are the best possibilities, because otherwise its a cover-up.

  10. Come on; what 25 year old has not woken up and said to them selves “self, am I in a car in a pond?”

  11. Criminal charges or even DWI are probably already out the window at this point. As long as Robinson and the friend keep their mouths shut, a rookie lawyer can get an acquittal.

    It is obvious these cops didn’t do their job if the part about Robinson sleeping through his car sinking in a pond and not knowing it is true.

    Must have been quite a party, and the cops involved will probably end up with more signed memorabilia than a collectibles dealer.

  12. You read about this story and it’s just so comical and nonsensical from the beginning to the end. It makes no sense. If it allegedly happened on April 1 I could almost understand it.

  13. Come on Jacksonville S. D. …. It happens all the time and is completely normal. I always pull over to sleep after the sizzurp and wake up in ponds

  14. Unfortunately, he (the Sheriff) missed his chance. If Robinson was impaired or under the influence while driving, them shame on him. If he was not charged nor cited by the officers at the time of the incident, I’d tell him to take a hike…

  15. Maybe he was confused and thought he was homeless with no place to go. Homeless people sleep in their car, or any car, all the time.

    The pond was needed so as not to draw attention to…….. – never mind.

  16. Not only was Robinson told 3 TIMES he was sinking in the pond and to climb out through the passenger side, Robinson ALSO attempted to open his side’s door 3 TIMES but was unable to get it open because his side of the car had sunk down too much into the water – and yet he still thought he was on the road!

  17. “We have a pond in the back. We have a pool and a pond… Pond’d be good for you.

  18. Denard-“I’m tired”. Officer-“what about your buddy,there”. Denard-“he’s tired,too”.

  19. If the officer had to turn the car off, then the car was not very deep in the water. There’s a good chance that they were sitting there dying of carbon monoxide poisoning when the officers showed up. Whether or not that’s what led them to the pond in the first place is the real question. Is there any mention of what kind of car Robinson drives? If he’s one of those cheap skate NFL players being smart with his money, he may still drive a junker that he’s had since high school.

  20. A moving vehicle should draft an exhaust leak away from the passenger compartment. It’s unlikely the effects of CO poisoning put the car in the pond

  21. “let’s consider the possibility that this could have been the result of carbon monoxide poisoning from the car’s exhaust leaking into the car itself.”

    I wondered if this wasn’t the case myself, strange that both would be so “out of it” and not have drugs/alcohol evident to the police. Carbon monoxide would definitely explain some of this…

    Lets hope that it was some sort of mishap and not another athlete run amuck.

  22. There’s a popular drug called “Lean” or “Drank” … consists of Promethazine with Codeine. They mix it with soda. I’m not sure why someone would want to drink cough syrup but it can have this type of impact without necessarily registering on the breathalyzer.

  23. he definitely confused – he’s a jaguar but evidently thought he was a gator.

  24. sb44champs says:
    Jul 7, 2016 9:00 AM
    Sheriff needs to know more about investigation of Jaguars RB sleeping in a pond
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    Its safe to say the Jaqs have the worst luck out of all 32 teams

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    It’s called the Tebow curse.

  25. Aw geez — now we’ll get more tweets from other NFL players slamming another “racist cop” who had nothing better to do but harass Robinson, who was just trying to get 40 winks.
    And then we’ll get 300 posts from cop haters in here joining in on the rant.

  26. scja0908 says:
    Jul 7, 2016 11:09 AM

    Lol people are only liking the bad comments about the guy. What a bunch of losers. Envy is such an ugly thing.
    ————————————
    What’s to envy? I envy nothing about this guy.

  27. Who is “they”?

    “They” is the people that mix “Lean” or “Drank” with soda. Duh.

  28. sb44champs says:
    Jul 7, 2016 9:00 AM

    Sheriff needs to know more about investigation of Jaguars RB sleeping in a pond
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    Its safe to say the Jaqs have the worst luck out of all 32 teams
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    Browns fans everywhere just laughed.

  29. Was a suicide pact until the cops interrupted them.. Cops ruin everything. lmao

  30. I’m surprized that neither Robinson or his friend has accused the cop of moving the car into the pond for an attempt at entrapment.

    In today’s society, I could see Jesse or Al making this claim. And winning.

  31. the sheriff probably is steamed by the perceived lack of professionalism. the officers did everything except get the paperwork right.

  32. Why? This was a single car event. He was not drunk. He probably fell asleep at the wheel and landed in the pond. Where is the crime here. To think they only went after Manziel after a public outcry but this gets to have a full blown investigation. They need to go get some training, like stop shooting unarmed people.

  33. It was a pond, people. A freaking pond!! You guys act like he drove his car off the Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier and took a nap in the Atlantic Ocean.

  34. I personally witnessed how star struck officers of the law get in the presence of a star athlete, even a retired one. I was in a caravan of 4 cars (golf trip) with one vehicle being driven by a former member of a 3-time Super Bowl team. Driving south on I-95 north of Jacksonville, he began slowly weaving between construction barrels. The workers saw him and one followed us with the strobe lights of his truck flashing. We all thought it was a policeman.
    When we all pulled off the highway onto an exit, police cars came from every direction. Weird scene as everyone stayed in their vehicles. Then the former player gets out…one of the sheriff deputies recognized him asked are you …? The officers were giddy as hell. All of them wanting to talk to him. Not only did they let him go, they told him he could press charges on the construction guy for pretending to be a policeman.

  35. He was just going ice fishing but didn’t know there’s no ice on a pond in July.
    At least he wasn’t taking a dump in the closet of a college dorm as Najeh Davenport once did.

  36. Guys, he was on his way to a 4:30 cardio session. Then weight training at 5, followed by drills at 6, shower by 7 and film study at 8. Give him a break.

  37. It was a Chevy Impala.

    How’s this theory: maybe he fell asleep for whatever reason, landed in the pond and the pond water then blocked the exhaust pipe. The car kept running since he wasn’t in that far and the carbon monoxide backed up into the car.

    Reminds me of the time Irving Fryar got hurt in a game at Foxboro and left the team in his own vehicle at halftime. He crashed the car into a tree and was still in full uniform (not sure about the helmet) when the cops came.

  38. I cant say for sure that the two cops took a large bribe from a rich nfl player to help him get out of serious trouble when he turned his car into a boat but it sure seems logical after reading the account.wouldnt want to be those two cops after the investigation gets done. termination and jail seem to be in their future soon.

  39. billh1947 says:
    Jul 7, 2016 6:53 PM
    I cant say for sure that the two cops took a large bribe from a rich nfl player to help him get out of serious trouble when he turned his car into a boat but it sure seems logical after reading the account.
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    You’re right, you can’t say for sure. In fact if you are basing your supposition on his being ‘rich’ then you can’t even say it is likely. He has career cash earnings of @ $1.6M.

  40. Perhaps the Sheriff should take another long cruise like he did when Lonzie Barton went missing 🙁

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