As SB Nation’s Iowa Hawkeyes blog Black Heart Gold Pants reminds us, this is not the first time Anthony Tucker has been arrested for public intoxication. Because it’s not, Iowa head coach Todd Lickliter has free reign to discipline Tucker as he pleases.
This arrest, though, is substantially more troubling. While his first was just plain overserving to the point of passing out in public—highly inadvisable, but we can chalk that up to an isolated incident of “kid being kid”—this has the potential to be a very serious disciplinary issue for Tucker. Getting a cab back from downtown to the west side of town isn’t easy or cheap, and Iowa City cabbies are pretty hit-and-miss when it comes to manners (just ask Adrian Clayborn). Still, it got so heated that someone called 911, and that’s definitely not a situation you want your players associated with. Yes yes, we know, innocent until proven guilty, and he pled not guilty. It’s still Todd Lickliter’s team, not the judge’s. Most people get second chances. Not many get thirds.