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Pitt player fights with police, tased four times

Posted on: March 2, 2011 1:38 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2011 3:52 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Maybe you read the story today on the amount of criminal activity and lack of background checks amongst college football players that CBS News and Sports Illustrated worked together on. If you have, then consider the following story to be very bad timing for Pitt. You see, the story began with the number of incidents that have taken place at Pitt in recent months, and it looks like the Panthers have a new case to notch on the arrest bedpost.

Fernando Diaz spent his 2010 season as a redshirt freshman on Pitt's offensive line, and it seems he spent his early Tuesday morning fighting with police and getting tased four times. Yes, that's right. Not once. Not even twice. Four times.
A redshirted freshman on the University of Pittsburgh football team on Saturday became the latest Pitt athlete to be arrested when city police said he was highly intoxicated in Oakland, blocked them from driving down Atwood Sreet, and resisted arrest and fought with them so much that he had to be Tasered four times.
The suspect, Fernando M. Diaz, 20, of Bronx, N.Y., was taken into custody after a cruiser on routine patrol at 1:56 a.m. had to stop on Atwood because Mr. Diaz was standing in the middle of street yelling at someone in an adjacent parking lot. He refused to move, police said. When he saw the police car, officers said, he responded "What the [expletive] are you going to do, hit me?"
Officers got out of their car but he became belligerent and yelled at them, police said, and a crowd gathered. A man who said he was on the team with Mr. Diaz told him to "shut his mouth" and accept the citation for being publicly drunk, cautioning him that former Pitt Head Coach Dave Wannstedt was not there any more and new coach Todd Graham would make an example of him.
I can only wonder what Diaz's teammate would have instructed him to do if Dave Wannstedt were still the head coach. Would he have told Diaz to fight?

Anyway, while being given the citation, Diaz tried to walk away from the scene twice. He also told the police he wouldn't sign it, and wasn't going to court. So when he tried to walk away again, the police attempted to handcuff him, which is when Diaz began swinging at the police. The police then had to tase him four times before he was subdued.
Comments

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 7:39 am
 

Pitt player fights with police, tased four times

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Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2011 12:13 pm
 

Pitt player fights with police, tased four times

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Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2011 9:47 am
 

Pitt player fights with police, tased four times

Hey Coreybower,

Thanks for setting the record straight.  Seriously.... at least the postgazette got it right with "former" Pitt player.  Let's go CBS Sports editors get it right.  Using the Pitt name to get readers to read your stories isnot right ...... it's a business but there are ethics and right/wrong values as well.  Where's your integrity?




Since: Oct 29, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2011 3:57 am
 

Pitt player fights with police, tased four times

"Mr. Diaz was with the team for training camp but left school in August 2010. He had hopes of participating in spring practice, but Pitt sports information director E.J. Borghetti said today that, 'in light of recent events,' he will not be rejoining the team."


So from this we have learned that CBS Sports does as poor a job of reporting the news as CBS News. I'm not surprised.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2011 10:24 am
 

Pitt player fights with police, tased four times

Just another example of the stupidity that reigns in todays colleges, when it comes to athletes.  If colleges required the same grade point averages and SAT scores from their alleged athletes, as they do for their non-athletes, idiots like this person would not be in college, and events like this would not occur nearly as frequently as they do.  It is about time that colleges start taking responsibility for their student athlete, and stop acceping students who can run, but have at best, a 6th grade mentality. 



Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2011 9:45 am
 

Pitt player fights with police, tased four times

can we spotlight guys that will be taken in the 2nd and 3rd rounds????? 


Like Jabaal Sheard.  Who threw a guy through a glass window and continued to pummel his bleeding body after the police told him to stop "In self defense"



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 10:09 pm
 

Pitt player fights with police, tased four times

What goes around comes around rv... I can only hope you get yours in spades for that low life comment.





Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2011 8:50 pm
 

Pitt player fights with police, tased four times

Story should be titled Ex-Pitt player fights with police tasered four times.



Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2011 6:02 pm
 

Pitt player fights with police, tased four times

Its a slow day in college football news when a redshirt kid from 2010 who isnt even on the team anymore makes the news....how about this...lets get some news on the players other than the consensus top 15-20 guys in the draft...can we spotlight guys that will be taken in the 2nd and 3rd rounds?????  its no wonder that when these rounds start were all scratching our heads wondering "they drafted who?? from where???"

way to go guys!



Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Pitt player fights with police, tased four times

dumb.


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