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By on February 14th, 2014 in Football 10 Comments »

Auburn keeps a great cornerback signee.

     War Eagle, everybody! After a bit of bad post-signing-day news, it appears that Auburn football signee Kalvaraz Bessent will likely be joining the team after all. After reports surfaced last week that Bessent had been arrested on felony drug charges,  things did not look good for his future. Today, all charges have been dropped! Evidently, common sense prevailed, and Auburn is plus one in the secondary. We’re relieved for Mr. Bessent’s sake, and glad to have another good Auburn man on the team!


  1. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    Good news for Mr. Bessent and hopefully for our secondary!

  2. uglyjoe says:

    Someone please change my mind on this……I don’t think we should be celebrating. This young man was in a car with several others. Reportedly, there was enough pot to get a small country high, a gun, a scale. Either they were on a medical mission trip to Colorado, or they were making some illegal business transactions while armed, and I’m betting he was not being held against his will. I am all for second chances, but could he at least get out of high school before he requires the second chance.

    Obviously I do not have any knowledge of the situation, but I have confidence that our staff will completely investigate and vet all of this (as they should) before we welcome him back with open arms. If I’m being harsh I apologize and please straighten me out.

    • KungFuPanda9 KungFuPanda9 says:

      UglyJoe, yours was my first response. But then I thought about it some more. I thought Bessent had only one way to wiggle out of the situation. If he had been walking along the road and was picked up and given a ride by these guys, maybe he didn’t know there was a gun and half a pound of marijuana in the car.

      I had read that the owner of the car was the 16 year old kid in the back seat. Why would the owner be in the back seat? Maybe they were in a two-door and when the 16 year old got out of the passenger seat he got in the back seat so Bessent could sit up front. I don’t know, that’s all I got.

      In any event, there’s some doubt as to whether Bessent was smoking weed or not. Just being around kids who smoke grass is difficult to avoid these days, apparently. But that does not necessarily mean Bessent was smoking, too.

      If Gus allows him to remain on the team, I suspect Bessent will be on a one and done type of contract. He’s already had his one, so his permanent probation period should keep him on the straight and narrow if he wants to play football at Auburn.

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      Prospects are pretty thoroughly vetted before being offered a scholarship. If our staff missed some obvious signs during the course of their due diligence, shame on our staff, cut all ties now. My gut feeling is that the kid used poor judgment by getting in the car with guys that he knew smoke weed, but I doubt he knew what was in the car. I work in a industry that conducts very rigorous and frequent drug screens, yet l was recently surprised by conversation with a very responsible person and I’ll leave it at that.
      If the kid doesn’t have a history, give him a break.

  3. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..The problem is that we don’t know his relationship with others in the car. The police and D. A.’s office in a Florida town saw fit to drop charges. That’s good enough, for me. It’s not like some Lee County office decided to cut a football player a break.

    …..When I was at Auburn years ago, I didn’t have a car my first couple of years. Snagging a ride back to Birmingham was always an adventure. I met some great people that way, but there was one trip I vividly remember. No one I knew was going home late one Friday, so I literally managed to get a ride by offering to help pay for the gasoline from total strangers. Well, about the time we got onto US 280, out came the joints, and passengers and driver “toked” all the way to the Tragic City, doing 90 MPH when possible. If we had been pulled over, I’d have been in the same fix Mt.Bessent was.

    …..In this day and age, I’d have demanded to be let out of the car immediately. When was 19 years old, I stupidly went along and made the trip to Birmingham in less than an hour and a half. I’m willing to file the episode above away to “youthful indiscretion.”

    • uglyjoe says:

      Acid, I 100% agree that we don’t know the relationship, and further, I should have kept my big mouth shut. But since it’s open now, the difference between your analogy and the story at hand is the presence of a scale and a gun. Again, I don’t know the relationship between the parties, and as you point out, the law enforcement saw fit to exonerate him. I am a cynical guy, and when I smell smoke I sometimes yell fire too quick. I will hope for the best case, which is an innocent young man, a smart coaching staff that will investigate and do the right thing, and some lessons learned. I want the good guys to win.

  4. longkick says:

    He’s in the same car that smells of drugs, has a loaded gun, and has 3 other questionable gentlemen as occupants. There better be a whopper of a story here or this young man is guilty of running with the wrong crowd. Should be interesting to see what Gus does here.

  5. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    I dunno. I’m kinda with ugly joe on this one. But there was a lot that was weird about that story. Seriously, why would the owner be in the back seat? Why would you consent to a search if you knew you had contraband? Bizarre. I hope that Mr. Bessent will stick to the straight and narrow, appreciate and use this opportunity to get to better things.