November 1, 2013

Cloud Over Ezell Clearing

Filed under: Football,Police Blotter,Scandal — Chas @ 6:13 am

Back when the news was finally reported about Tyrone Ezell facing assault charges, I said I just didn’t know about it. I didn’t know if he should have been suspended. I didn’t know if the accusations were accurate.

Well, the hearing finally took place and charges were all withdrawn. Ezell is now facing a summary harassment count.

Homestead police in August charged Tyrone Ezell, 23, of Munhall, with simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment after a 21-year-old woman accused him of punching her in the mouth July 30 during a fight also involving his relatives.

Homestead Cpl. Jeffrey Luptak said today the court told him he could file a summary offense against Mr. Ezell, his father, Albert, and their two accusers.

The elder Mr. Ezell, whose similar charges also were withdrawn Wednesday, now too faces the same harassment charge. Cpl. Luptak said he didn’t cite the accusers today, though, because he doesn’t have a complainant or victim.

Basically, we will not know. The family dispute appears to be settled. The police are portraying it as not having anyone willing to testify, not an issue of lack of evidence — such as medical records. But, once more, we don’t know. The only reality right now is that Ezell is mostly without worry of any significant criminal charges.

Ezell is also disputing this summary harassment as well, for what that is worth.

My (non-professional) advise is to keep on playing well and get your degree

Comment by wbb 11.01.13 @ 6:32 am

advice — don’t know why I even type at all before my 1st cup

Comment by wbb 11.01.13 @ 6:41 am

Pardon my ignorance of the law….but what does a summary offense mean? Does it just carry a fine? Does it even go before a judge/magistrate?

Comment by JCE 11.01.13 @ 7:14 am

Good article in PG today about Pitt-GT. First time we play them since “1976”. That’s the game Robert Haygood tore up his knee and Matt Cavanaugh took over. The glory year.

Comment by alcofan 11.01.13 @ 7:31 am

I want Ezell to be convicted of harassment! I would prefer that the accusing plantiffs be the Ga. Tech QB & RBs however.

Hail to Pitt!

Comment by Dr. Tom 11.01.13 @ 7:37 am

Meanwhile – In normal America, our family gathering consist of eating turkey and watching football and watching the Uncle Larry fall asleep on couch watching the Lions and Cowboys. No punching Grandmas and Fist Fighting over extra stuffing.

Comment by Upittbaseball 11.01.13 @ 8:45 am

My momma makes a good cornbread stuffin. It’s worth fightin fo.

Comment by TX Panther 11.01.13 @ 8:50 am

Well you are only 35 Minutes away so you better shoot ole Upitt an Invite!!

Comment by Upittbaseball 11.01.13 @ 8:51 am

Oops Upittbaseball, I think I see your ethnocentricity showing. The million dollar question is, “what exactly is NORMAL AMERICA” these days? The only thing that I’m sure of is it’s not the one I grew up in 50 years ago.

Comment by Dr. Tom 11.01.13 @ 8:57 am

Normal America has nothing to do with color…. I know just as many crazy white folks that would scrap at Thanksgiving. I’m talking about families that focus on loving each other, supporting each other and focusing on family, faith, etc. Never been one of those type of people Doc that looks at stuff through colors.

Comment by Upittbaseball 11.01.13 @ 9:10 am

adjective: ethnocentric1. evaluating other peoples and cultures according to the standards of one’s own culture.

Not necessarily a “color” thing. But definitely a cultural thing. Be aware, I’m not trying to stir your pot here, Upittbaseball, just raising the issue that dinosaur’s like me (and perhaps you) who still feel like, for example, that it makes sense to be married in a stable relationship prior to bringing kids into the world seems to be an antiquated notion, held over and internalized by old timers like yours truly. That’s my culture.

In general, America is going to hell in a handbasket, IMO, so just sayin, what IS normal today?

No offense intended.

Comment by Dr. Tom 11.01.13 @ 9:37 am

I guess I missed something growing up because I can’t ever remember a squabble at Thanksgiving. A lot of burping and dirty dishes, but no fights.

Comment by spiritofsection22 11.01.13 @ 9:39 am

The fights are the next morning at the department stores. That’s America today. Get yours before the other guy to celebrate Christmas.

Comment by spiritofsection22 11.01.13 @ 9:43 am

Doc, I gotcha… Yes, I agree with you man. It’s a different America for sure. No offense taken. I fear we are getting away form the values that made this a great country. I guess I’m becoming a dinosaur as well. Side Story, A kid rang my doorbell after I ran out of candy and turned off my lights at 8:50pm and I said to myself what is this kid thinking it’s 8:50. Then I laughed and said man you are turning into an old man. Mid 30’s going on mid 70’s. LOL

Comment by Upittbaseball 11.01.13 @ 9:46 am

I’m hearing you loud and clear.

Comment by Dr. Tom 11.01.13 @ 9:47 am

normal is as you say i am with you good food good times the easy chair tv football a good laugh or two and pie after dinner if there is room.
the hell with this new world the old times were the best. married 48 years what a good cook she is.

Comment by FRANKCAN 11.01.13 @ 9:51 am

Well I can tell you I’m tired of Pitt being normal…pooping the bed on national TV. I long for the early 80’s Pitt.

Comment by TX Panther 11.01.13 @ 9:54 am

@ Frankcan, Food football family, the best holiday there is. I am indeed thankful for all three. Isn’t Thanksgiving the week we used to play Penn St.

Comment by spiritofsection22 11.01.13 @ 10:01 am

Turkey always tasted better when we beat Penn State. Those were good times.

Comment by TX Panther 11.01.13 @ 10:04 am

If Family Feud is still on TV…..

…I think we got ourselves some contestants !

(provided of course they can figure out how to fit Ezell-Franklin-Pitts-Taylor-Williams all on the family name thingie)

Comment by EMel 11.01.13 @ 10:04 am

@ Tex

If we’re going to long for something, let’s long for 1976 again. Go for the gusto ! lol

Comment by EMel 11.01.13 @ 10:10 am

Thanksgiving memories, The Bus screwing up the coin flip in overtime at Detroit. I also remember an AFL Championship game from my teenage years being played at Thanksgiving. Blanda and the Oilers lost in overtime to the Dallas Texans quarterbacked by Lenny Dawson.

Comment by spiritofsection22 11.01.13 @ 10:16 am

I fear we are getting away from the values that made this a great country.
Comment by Upittbaseball 11.01.13 @ 9:46 am

That ship has long since sailed.

Wouldn’t you love to see Norman Rockwell paintings of today’s. God help us !

Comment by EMel 11.01.13 @ 10:18 am

I could be wrong but I seem to remember the Penn St game we lost 7-6 being on Thanksgiving at 3 Rivers. Carson Long missed a bunch of kicks the day after his wife gave birth to their 1st child. I think it was the 75 game.

Comment by spiritofsection22 11.01.13 @ 10:19 am

face it … isn’t the fact that we have an urban campus which attracts a certain culture makes Pitt more suspect to off-field issues? And maybe even more than culture, Pitt players are subject to much more temptations/bad influences than most other college environments.

I know I may sound like a racist but this is my impression.

Comment by wbb 11.01.13 @ 10:21 am

wow, Dallas Texans, never saw them play, still being in diapers or close to it, but they became the KC Chiefs.

And I believe the Steelers had Len Dawson and cut him or something, just like they did with Johnny Unitas.

The Steelers cycle of making boneheaded decisions seems to be coming around again.

Comment by EMel 11.01.13 @ 10:22 am

Emel, Please who wants to see a picture of someone having sex with a turkey.

Comment by spiritofsection22 11.01.13 @ 10:22 am

Ya I know. Just my memories of Pitt started when Pitt played the Domers the following year after that championship. The Sherrill days made me want to attend Pitt. I had to wait until the Gottfried era to do it but then got stuck with Hackett and that was when the world started going downhill for me.

I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. Will be back in da Burg for that one.

Comment by TX Panther 11.01.13 @ 10:24 am

@ wbb

With local kids being close to their family and old friends at PITT. That can either be a good thing
or it can be a bad thing..

Add that to your factors as well and yes we (PITT have much more to deal with than these ‘far-removed’ campuses in the middle of nowhere. Plus things can be covered up more easily in these places.

Look at what was covered up at Pedo State for over a decade, albeit COACH related not player.

Comment by EMel 11.01.13 @ 10:28 am

And the Pittsburgh media does Pitt no favors.

Comment by TX Panther 11.01.13 @ 10:31 am

lmao sos22

yea Good ole Norman would be painting some pretty lurid stuff these days.

I heard Miley Cyrus was hosting a Thanksgiving Nite Special.

Comment by EMel 11.01.13 @ 10:31 am

@emel , Dawson got beat out by Bobby Lane and then had a try with the Browns but couldn’t unseat Milt Plum so he ended up in Dallas with his former coach from Purdue Hank Stramm.

Comment by spiritofsection22 11.01.13 @ 10:32 am

Bad game Tex to begin your Panther career.

Cavenaugh breaks his arm early in that game, the great defense kept us in the game, but poor old Wayne Adams(?) couldn’t take a snap for the life of him.

Your indoctrination to Pitt football was a rough one.

Comment by EMel 11.01.13 @ 10:36 am

oh didn’t know the always nattily attired Hank Stram was at Purdue before his AFL/NFL coaching career. thx for the info

When they had him ‘miked up’ on the sidelines in those old Steve Sabol, ‘This week in the NFL’ shows, he was always a hoot.

Comment by EMel 11.01.13 @ 10:41 am

@ EMel, you’re on today pal, you got me on two LOLs already! The name thingie is no problem, just change the title of the TV game show. I can hear the MC asking now, “So are you ready? Let’s play The Kinda Families Feud”!

Then we have SofS22, being politically incorrect today as well, I spit my coffee all over my desk! Remember the Norman Rockwell painting of the little kid standing on the cahir checking out the Doctor’s diploma on the wall while waiting for his immunization shot with his pants halfway down? Today’s version would look kind of the same but it would be a cute little girl checking out the health department’s certificate on the wall of the local neighborhood’s tattoo palor while she’s waiting to get her tramp stamp tattooed on the top of her a$$. LMFAO.

Comment by Dr. Tom 11.01.13 @ 10:47 am

Emel ,Those two hooked up to win Super Bowl IV.

Comment by spiritofsection22 11.01.13 @ 10:48 am

Then you have movies like “American Pie”, funny movie for sure, but queered me on eating Mom’s apple pie at Thanksgiving ever since seeing that one.

Comment by Dr. Tom 11.01.13 @ 10:50 am

Why have sex with a turkey when all you need is to poke a hole in a pumpkin and add a litle warm water?

You don’t learn that in Oakland!

Comment by wbb 11.01.13 @ 10:54 am

of course, this what the offspring looks like

link to

Comment by wbb 11.01.13 @ 10:58 am

@ wbb, I’m not feeling the “temptations with the urban campus” thing so much. If you were Coach, what would you rather have PR fallout issues to deal with?, dealing with a Pitt football player’s moment of weakness that resulted in him succumbing to the charms of a local Pittsburgh prostitute or dealing with the wrath from a local Morgantown farmer after one of your WVU players, on a drunken binge, gets lucky with his prettiest sheep that was innocently grazing out in the back forty? Now that’s funny! I gotta get back to work!

Comment by Dr. Tom 11.01.13 @ 11:01 am

local prostitute, ok local drug dealer, not so much

Comment by wbb 11.01.13 @ 11:02 am

lmao Doc

Your on yourself Doc. Tramp stamp tattoo.

And if Richard Dawson tried to kiss Mama Ezell, I’m thinking Albert would have punched him out !

Comment by EMel 11.01.13 @ 11:10 am

@ sos22

yea I remember that game, they beat my Vikes with Joe Kapp, Mick Tinglehoff, Gene Washington, Carl Eller, Alan Page, Earsell Mackbee, etc.

I still have a football signed by the entire Viking team that year.

Comment by EMel 11.01.13 @ 11:15 am

I swear we only went to the strip clubs for the free pizza.

Comment by Upittbaseball 11.01.13 @ 11:15 am

lol upitt

What else, those chicks were pretty raunchy. haha

Though the ping ball trick was slightly entertaining.

Comment by EMel 11.01.13 @ 11:22 am

pong ^

Comment by EMel 11.01.13 @ 11:22 am

Can’t remember the names of those 2-3 places.

One was over on Baum Blvd. and another one was sort of on the corner of Centre Ave & S. Millvale.

Comment by EMel 11.01.13 @ 11:27 am

oh i just had a flashback.

I think was called The Cricket.

Comment by EMel 11.01.13 @ 11:29 am

Cricket had the free pizzas..

I also bartended at Mitchells back in the day and it was connected to Charlies…Had good wings and subs.. Next to Giant Eagle.

Comment by Upittbaseball 11.01.13 @ 11:46 am

Sure Mitchell’s, we owned the big round table back in the day.

The Centre Ave, rotation went like this; Haddon Hall, Luna, Chiefs, Thirsty’s and Mitchell’s.

Never met anyone who ventured into…..
‘The Name of the Game’. I think that was the name of it. Although we did get take-out at the,
House of Sauce .

Comment by EMel 11.01.13 @ 11:52 am

Atlanta paper article.

link to

Comment by Frank MD 11.01.13 @ 11:52 am

Thirsty’s was called something else before it.
That was also in the rotation.

I can still see Wes sitting outside of Luna on his stool.

Comment by EMel 11.01.13 @ 11:54 am

Thx for the link Frank MD

After looking over the team rankings in the various national team stats. This looks like a real mismatch.

Didn’t really realize how poorly the offense has played.

Total Offense
95th of 125 teams

Rushing Offense
92nd of 125 teams

Passing Offense
74th of 125 teams

And this is against scrub teams like New Mexico, ODU, UVA & Navy. Even if we call Navy middling, these rankings against this schedule is absolutely horrid.

Comment by EMel 11.01.13 @ 12:07 pm

@emel, I felt just the opposite. After seeing us run over against the Navy option I was certain we would get trampled by Tech who has a first rate option attack. Once I went to the GTECH statistical sites though I was surprised how bad their D has played and even more surprised how little confidence the Georgia press has in them. They seem to think it is a tough match for them. Go figure.

Comment by spiritofsection22 11.01.13 @ 12:43 pm

As I said earlier in the week, this game is winable if Pitt finally decides to get it’s $hit together.

The Ga. Tech offensive line has been hampered with injuries as of late and their pass defense is atrocious. We protect Savage, and he continues to improve on hitting the underneath receivers when looking through his progressions and this team is definitely beatable.

Add to that, our defense has a second week in a row to improve their option defense tactics and who knows.

That’s why they play the games!

Comment by Dr. Tom 11.01.13 @ 12:52 pm

DR Tom, It all sounds good but I am having a hard time buying the 2nd week to improve theory. “We protect Savage” sounds kind of like a novel idea too, we maybe should have tried it before.

Comment by spiritofsection22 11.01.13 @ 1:01 pm

Hey I’m all for us getting our $hit together.

I think we’ve all been waiting since the 2nd half of the UVA game for the offense to.

If we can figure out how to protect the QB for longer than 3 seconds, then the next step has to happen. Chyrst & Rudolph have to decide to call aggressive play calls. Air it out, take some chances down field. Don’t think we can win with the ‘dink & dunk’ approach to the offense.

It didn’t work against Navy, it barely worked against ODU, it would seem it most assuredly won’t work against a much better team than both of them.

But who knows, that’s why they play the games and I don’t make a fortune in betting ! lol

Comment by EMel 11.01.13 @ 1:29 pm

SofS22, You know the sayings, “practice makes perfect” and “nothing beats experience”.

We got a young team, don’t count them out yet. I haven’t seen them throwing in the towel yet in any games, although their execution realy sucked at the end of the Navy game to give that one away, so they could bounch back if they’re pissed off enough to get motivated to play up to their potential.

Comment by Dr. Tom 11.01.13 @ 1:30 pm

Yep their pass defense is pretty bad.

As I posted the other day, the UVA QB threw for over 370 yards on them but UVA only scored 3 TD’s with all that yardage. Maybe bend don’t break on GT’s part.

Now GT’s run defense is pretty good.

#18 out of a 125 teams
Allowing only 117 yards/game

Opposed to Pitt’s run defense:

#51 out of 125 teams
Allowing 148 yards a game

Now #51 doesn’t seem to bad. But then weigh in, who we played. ODU, Duke, New Mex, UVA and even Va Tech had a horrible run attack (#105 in the Nation).

If the 4rth quarter against Navy is any indication, tomorrow could be real ugly.

Comment by EMel 11.01.13 @ 1:58 pm

Dr Tom, I hope you are right and enjoy your enthusiasm. In regard to experience I posted yesterday that there are two types ,good and bad. The Navy game was surely the latter. Failure breeds failure while success breeds success. I don’t see anything picked up defensively at Annapolis aiding the cause in Georgia.

Comment by spiritofsection22 11.01.13 @ 2:00 pm

I definitely remember the Cricket. I found it quite tame compared to places in WVU. They didn’t need those pasties.

Comment by panther94 11.01.13 @ 7:04 pm

Didn’t mean WVU…meant WV, where I grew up.

Comment by panther94 11.01.13 @ 7:06 pm

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