â†µâ‡¥He wasn't looking to get in to any trouble, he said, but he ended the night in handcuffs. â†µâ†µStory of my life, Ike. Story of my life. Ike Whitaker, the Virginia Tech WR in question here, has had an erratic career at Virginia Tech: lack of production on the field, an alcohol-related arrest as a freshman, and now this extremely ill-advised interview following an arrest for public intoxication where Whitaker blew a .33 BAC. It's an impressive number, but not nearly as impressive as the fact that a) the reporter didn't stop Ike from burying himself eyeball-deep in self-justifications, and b) that Whitaker really doesn't seem to think any of this is his fault. â†µ
â†µIn fact, as Chas points out at Fanhouse, Whitaker seems to be blaming the suspension imposed by Frank Beamer for his headfirst plunge into Drinkyland and the public intoxication charge. â†µ
â†µâ‡¥I was talking to the cops, explaining to them how hurt I was that I had been suspended ... So I'm explaining to the cop that honestly I'm mad, I'm frustrated and the way I dealt with it was going downtown with some of my friends and trying to enjoy myself as much as possible. And then I got a drunk in public." â†µâ†µ"As much as possible" is right. Whitaker weighs 220 pounds, meaning just getting to .33 takes (according to our crack team of physiologists) somewhere in the neighborhood of eight-to-ten drinks per hour. I've been drunk for months at a time in my life at around 200 pounds, but never, ever have I been able to keep this kind of pace, not even in my most glorious Peter O'Toole bender phases. Whitaker's a bigger guy, but the instant reflex to go and put down that much booze in that little time certainly should ring alarm bells. That's a drinking problem firing up on the launchpad, ready to go if I've ever seen it.â†µ
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