The Michigan football program dismissed running back O’Maury Samuels from the team Wednesday after he was in court for domestic violence charge.
Well, shortly after the news broke, we found out why, as Angelique Chengelis of the Detroit News reported that Samuels was in court Wednesday morning facing charges of domestic violence and malicious destruction of property.
These situations are always hard, but the University of Michigan and the Michigan football program acted exactly how you would expect them to in this situation. There should be no leniency when it comes to domestic violence and by dismissing Samuels, a four-star running back from 2017, Michigan sends a message of zero tolerance.
Here is a look at the tweet from Chengelis:
O’Maury Samuels per 15th District Court was in court today for hearing on one count domestic violence and a second count of malicious destruction of property. He has a pre-trial hearing Dec. 27th per a court spokesperson
— angelique (@chengelis) December 12, 2018
In his two seasons with the Wolverines, Samuels didn’t make much of an impact, carrying the ball just 13 times for 79 yards. However, he seemed to be in line for a bigger role with the graduation of Karan Higdon. Some even speculated he could see increased touches in the Peach Bowl if Higdon decided to sit out.
But no amount of talent is worth putting up with what Samuels is accused of doing. Obviously, it’s early in the process and we are still learning about what has happened. Yet, in this case, with the court already proceeding with the trial, the University had no choice.
It acted and it acted swiftly. It’s hard to say if Michigan has access to more evidence or if just being involved in this criminal matter was enough to kick Samuels off the team, but this is a reminder that there are more important things than football.
Winning matters in this day and age and it probably matters too much. So it was refreshing to see Michigan act in the way it did.
Certainly, Samuels deserves the presumption of innocence, but after getting hauled into court, he doesn’t deserve to be part of the Michigan football team anymore and as of Wednesday morning, he isn’t.