Now that the horror of the 2008 Michigan football season is over, we can turn our attention to the pain of others, like the fact that Florida backup quarterback Cameron Newton was arrested Friday before the Gators game with the Citadel. He was apparently caught stealing a laptop computer from anther student. Newton (6-5, 240 pounds) is from Atlanta and was the rated the nation's No. 2 quarterback prospect of 2007, according to Rivals.com.
Newton was charged with burglary, larceny and obstructing justice. The burglary charge is a second-degree felony, and the larceny and obstruction charges are third-degree felonies.
According to an arrest report, a student reported his computer stolen from his dorm room on October 16th. An internal school investigation linked the computer to Newton, who used the machine to access the university's computer network with the username "cnewton.'' When detectives went into Newton's dorm they saw a laptop on Newton's desk. It had been painted black on the top and had `Cam Newton' written on the lid in white paint. For some reason the detectives then left the dorm to confirm that the laptop in the room matched the serial number of the stolen laptop (you would think they would have brought that with them) -- but when they returned to the room the laptop was gone. The report states that ''Mr. Newton threw the computer out of his bedroom window.'' The laptop was found later behind a dormitory dumpster. Brilliant.
Coach Urban Myer suspended Newton from the team after his arrest. He is still listed on the Gators roster. No word on the rumor that the Gators will be wearing a new logo on their helmets this week as they get ready to play in-state rival Florida State. Any Florida students looking to protect themselves from the Gator football team can purchase LoJack for Laptops on-line or from any computer store.