Edit. Front Pag'd.
The soccer equivalent of trying to lob the keeper from 60 yards out.
This is not the usual BC story, this is something you'd expect from say, UConn. We have all made poor judgements in the past, some of them alcohol played a major part in, but for the most part the consequences were at worst a walk of shame or repeated trips to Lower for some Powerade. This was not the case for Charlie Davies who on October 12, 2009, broke curfew for the US Men's National Team for a night out.....but it didn't stop there. He attended a private event at a DC Area night club, and then got into a car with a person who was intoxicated. From there we are all aware of the tragic events that took place.
Charlie Davies has had a difficult road back, and the BC community can take great pride in seeing Davies playing in the MLS, after suffering such horrific injuries. Let's not forget that everyone loves a comeback story, and we shouldn't downplay the hard work and determination that Davies put in to get back to this point. Full disclosure, I'm a big Charlie Davies fan, and although my national ties are to England, I'd have been happy to purchase a Davies' US National Shirt. While comebacks are great, there were some poor decisions he made to get to this place. 1. Breaking Curfew 2. Going to a club during training/international matches 3. Getting into a car with an intoxicated driver.
This isn't an advertisement deterring drunk driving, but we all have heard horror stories about what can happen. Here is a perfect example of drinking and driving and the "it can happen to anyone", even to superstar athletes. Fast forward 2 years, Charlie Davies just filed a $ 20 M lawsuit against the DC Area club and Red Bull who was sponsoring the bar event, on the basis of overserving a visibly intoxicated person, who happened to be his driver. Now I won't try to be BCI's Roger Cossack, but let's be honest, how much you consume is on you, no matter what the District's act says. Yes there were damages, but causation is where the line gets blurry. A quick law lesson, anyone can sue anyone, but that doesn't mean a court will hear the case.
This lawsuit is the fourth mistake in a chain of events that can't be undone. Is this a statement Charlie is trying to make against bars and overserving? A quick conversation with the great mambino, also brought up this question, is this Charlie Davies' backup plan, realizing soccer won't take him very far- time to try playing the lottery?
Charlie Davies, your decisions led to your situation, don't try to pawn it off on other people. Learn from your mistake and let it be. Let people remember you for learning from your mistake, owning it, and then making the best of a bad situation.