Mids, alums not happy with perceived double standard

Obviously, Marcus Curry didn't smoke an eight ton blunt, but figured this would be a good chance to post a photo of eight tons of marijuana. Well done, Coast Guard.

We figured this would be a good chance to post a photo of eight tons of marijuana. Good catch, Coast Guard. Has Nate Newton taken to the high seas? (Coast Guard photo)

Wondering how the rest of the Naval Academy community feels about Marcus Curry failing a drug test and being allowed to stay in Annapolis? Check out this week’s print edition of Navy Times, where reporter Phil Ewing examines the reaction by academy alums and midshipmen to the news that the star football player was allowed to remain because he said he did not realize he was smoking marijuana.

There’s been widespread discontent with the Curry situation. Some folks associated with the academy said it’s another example of a double standard when it comes to the conduct of star athletes. Ewing talks to former Mids who were kicked out for drug use, including a tennis player who tested positive for marijuana. Not surprisingly, the ex-Mids that Ewing tracked down were confused that Curry was allowed to stay at Annapolis.

From the story:

Curry’s story has reawakened an old complaint among the Brigade of Midshipmen and some Naval Academy alumni, made new again by Navy’s dominance on the gridiron: Star athletes skate by with honor code and conduct infractions that would get lesser athletes and regular midshipmen kicked out.

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