Honestly, I expect Anthony Gonzalez to remain suspended from the team through the summer, and reinstated before training camp. I suppose it could end sooner. First he has to have his day in court.
Pitt quarterback and Liberty High School graduate Anthony Gonzalez has a court date on July 11, when he will go before District Magistrate Nancy Matos Gonzalez to face three charges from his arrest last month.
Presumably, no relation. The three charges are: marijuana possession, underage drinking and carrying false identification.
The possession charge is a misdemeanor that maxes out on penalties with 30 days and/or $500 dollar fine. I sincerely doubt that Gonzalez will see any time for what appears to be his first offense. The other two are summary offenses.
Coach Todd Graham spoke about Gonzalez’s situation without saying anything.
Graham said he will consider situations on a “case-by-case basis,” but he added that players are constantly warned about avoiding trouble and being accountable.
“We talk to them every day about the expectations, about the standards,” he said. “We talk to them about being very careful about where you go and what you do because, any time something like that happens, you are always guilty. It doesn’t matter what the situation was.”
Graham didn’t detail his ultimate punishment for Gonzalez, but he said he will consider the team first.
“A lot of times, our heart gets involved and (we say), ‘Golly, this is going to ruin this kid’s career if I kick him off the team,’ ” he said. “But I have to make sure I look at what is best for the program because that is what has to come first.”
Feel free to interpret according to your own biases, because that’s about all you can do with the purposeful vagueness of it all.