DWI Costs Arkansas OT Oden His Roster Spot

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on July 18, 2011

As a result of his second drunk-driving incident in the past year, Arkansas Razorback’s offensive tackle Anthony Oden has been dismissed from the team.


On the morning of July 9, he was arrested on numerous (yes, numerous) charges. Take this all in and really digest it before continuing: driving while intoxicated, possession of a controlled substance, driving left of the center line, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, no proof of ownership, driving on a suspended/revoked driver’s license and no driver’s license. Quite a rap sheet, and that’s only one incident. Last July, he was arrested for driving while intoxicated, which led to a one-game suspension.


Razorbacks’ head coach Bobby Petrino clearly wasn’t willing to give Oden another chance, as he bid farewell to what appeared to be a promising young talent.


Oden, the younger brother of Greg Oden of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, was considered a likely candidate for one of Razorback’s starting tackle positions during the 2011 season. Now, however, that won’t be too much of an option considering he won’t be a part of the team.


According to Petrino, Oden will still be receiving support from the Arkansas athletics department, although it’s unclear as to what exactly this “support” involves. I would assume that they’ll continue to pay for his academics until he either transfers or finishes school, but again, that’s an assumption.


So sad to see a 6’8’’, 328 pound mountain of football talent go to waste.

Gil Alcaraz IV

Gil is the owner of the Minnesota Vikings blog, The Viking Den, and an editorial writer for Lakers Nation. Having followed the NFL Draft for years, Gil has had a knack for naming some of the big surprise players to make it in the NFL. Gil is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America.

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