The NFL Combine is highly publicized for its drills, but another important aspect is something the league doesn’t show on TV: the player interviews.
Teams meet with the NFL hopefuls and ask them a series of questions ranging from silly to serious. Franchises will be investing millions of dollars in some of these players over the next four years, so they want to make sure they’re drafting the right guys. During this process, teams do some deep dives into each player’s past.
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In the case of TCU defensive tackle Ross Blacklock, the Raiders went so deep they informed him of something he didn’t even know about himself.
Your first question is probably: What?
Your second question is probably: How did he not know?
Both are good questions, and we have some answers. Blacklock explained that TCU just took the money out of his account.
“They take them out of our checks. They pay for it at TCU,” Blacklock said. “I guess it’s a good thing because I don’t got no bad record.”
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That explanation solves one mystery about the tickets, but it doesn’t tell us why he kept getting them.
I went to TCU’s website to see if I could find more information regarding the parking ticket system. In my research, I discovered a section covering “excessive violations,” which applies here since 37 parking tickets is the definition of excessive.
1. An indefinite number of parking citations will not be tolerated.
2. Persons who have been charged with three citations may be notified that their parking privileges are in jeopardy.
3. Upon receipt of the sixth citation, parking privileges may be immediately suspended. At that time, the person will be notified to turn in their parking permit, and will receive another permit which will allow them to only park in lots 2, 3, or 4 for the remainder of the academic year.
4. Failure to comply with the terms of the suspension, or continued receipt of citations may result in an additional $100.00 fine along with the offense fine, immediate towing, and disciplinary action by the Dean of Students.
TCU considers six citations enough to warrant a suspension, so why wasn’t Blacklock in trouble at any point between No. 6 and No. 37?
Putting aside the issues with TCU’s system, this is a pretty harmless offense. He did end up paying the tickets, and there are worse things than having parking violations.
Hopefully Blacklock will have a better grasp of the parking rules for his NFL team.
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