Fooling around in public with a pellet gun that looks real is never a good idea. And it's really not a good idea these days in the state of Colorado.
But that's why two Colorado receivers have been suspended for the team's first two games of the season, and part of the reason a third, linebacker Jermane Clark, is leaving the program. (That link, by the way, includes video of coach Jon Embree talking about the incident).
The receivers, Jeffrey Thomas and DaVaughn Thornton, are suspended from playing against Colorado State and Sacramento State. The threesome were among eight players in two cars early Saturday morning that apparently were playing around with an Airsoft pellet gun.
From the Boulder Daily Camera:
According to a police report, CU football players Clark, 21, Thomas, 18, Thornton, 21, Jered Bell, 20, Keenan Canty, 19, Joshua Moten, 20, Paul Vigo, 22, and Derrick Webb, 20, were in the two cars. Paul Vigo's brother Moses Vigo, 18, also was in one of the cars but is not a CU football player.
No arrests were made nor any tickets given, but Boulder police, according to the report, planned to raise concerns with CU's athletic department about the athletes and the "impact their behavior had on police services throughout the entire city at the time of the incident."
Canty, Moten, Thornton and Webb all played in games for CU last season. Only Webb, a linebacker, and Moten, a cornerback, are listed as a starter on the post-spring depth chart, and Colorado officials view them as just passengers in the cars.
These suspensions won't likely damage the Buffaloes chances in their first two games. And there's certainly a "boys will be boys" quality to this. But there's also a clear lack of judgment -- including an antagonistic reaction to police -- that surely bothers Embree.
He's got enough to worry about without his players freaking people out around Boulder with a pellet gun.