There’s much ado about Niles Paul—a football receiver attending Nebraska has turned many heads in the Big 12 Football world. He was the Huskers’ best receiver a year ago and has had a big role in five of Nebraska’s eight longest plays. He averaged nearly 28 yards a kickoff return—the best number of its kind in almost two decades.
However, on the day he turned legal drinking age, Paul was making public apologies for his second alcohol offense. He has been sentenced to community service for underage drinking—pleading guilty to being a “minor in possession of alcohol.”
Niles Paul said, “It was me making another silly mistake…I know I made a mistake, and I try to move past that.” Another charge for public urination from May 28th was dropped. At the time, his BAC was a high .104, though, not charged with DUI.
“No matter what everybody believes, I don’t drink a lot…that night, guys convinced me, ‘Let’s go out.’ I let that get to me. I went somewhere I wasn’t supposed to be. I went down there, got into some trouble, and the hardest thing was apologizing to my teammates, coaches and my dad. You feel like you let them down,” Paul said.
Paul’s Coach, Bo Pelini, has yet to announce any disciplinary action against him. There might not be any. The young football star went on to express his wish for a team “no alcohol” policy throughout the season. “I got to college, things didn’t go my way and kind of put a damper on my dreams,” Paul said.
“I get in trouble, mistakes happen on the field that normally don’t happen. It’s just a whole growing-up process for me, maturing and becoming a man.” One can’t help but wonder if the same treatment would be given to another young person, in Paul’s shoes—who is not the talk of the college football world.