Lives Ruined at CMU
A child is dead. A couple football careers lie in ruins.
It makes no sense. This sad story takes place on the campus of Central Michigan University where I attended school two decades ago.
CMU football players Jerry Seymour and Spencer Lewis were indicted for the second degree murder of DeMarcus Graham. James Edward Cooper, a third CMU player was also indicted on two counts of perjury.
How do you get in trouble in Mt. Pleasant? What was the argument about? What happened that caused the death of a young man.
Besides the dead young man, the person we are most concerned about is Seymour who is an outstanding tailback that reminded some of a mini Barry Sanders. He had a shot at the NFL and a shot at making something of himself.
But all of that is on hold until the courts have their say.
This began June 25, 2004 when Graham was beaten unconscious outside Shaboom’s Pub Club. He died at St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw July 14.
It makes no sense. A young man is dead and at least three others are in serious trouble.
I often don't understand how people blow opportunities in life. I wish I were good enough to play football or basketball at a Division I school. I'd milk that for all its worth.
It is an honor to play for any school. All you have to do is play, study and have fun and you are made in the shade.
I hope a young athlete reads this. You don't know how lucky you are. Think about that when trouble brews.
It is ok to walk away. It is ok to have friends call you a wimp for not sticking around and handling business.
It will be the most important cowardly act of your life.