In most cases, motorized scooters, mopeds, whatever you want to call them do not tend to wreak havoc. They’re an economical, affordable and simple way to travel short distances. This is, of course, unless you’re the Florida Gators football team. In that case, they are the bane of your existence.
Earlier in 2013, Gators offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker was suspended from all team activities for stealing a motor scooter and riding it erratically through the Florida campus, eventually resulting in his arrest by university police right outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Dunker was charged with third-degree grand theft auto — yes, seriously — and missed the majority of spring practice for the Gators.
This time around, a scooter has actually caused an injury, not just some minor legal issues. Florida offensive tackle Tyler Moore has broken his arm in a scooter accident which occurred yesterday in Gainesville and will miss the rest of the 2013 season. Moore lost control of his scooter on a wet sidewalk, spun out and suffered a compound fracture of his right arm.
Moore is the ninth Gators player lost to a season-ending injury since the beginning of the season, and the sixth starter. Needless to say, Will Muschamp has a serious hill to climb through the rest of November just to keep his team’s head above water.
One thing’s obvious, however, his first step should be to make sure all scooters are banned, burned, torched, dismantled by all means necessary.
After all, they are a primary source of destruction for the Florida Gators nation.
Kris Hughes is a Senior Writer, Business Analyst and College Content Coordinator for Rant Sports.