Judge issues arrest warrant for ex-U. football player

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  • Mugabe ACWORTH, GA
    Aug. 8, 2013 9:01 a.m.

    Why is everyone dogging out sports over this incident? We really don't know what happened between Laota and his wife. It is always popular to beleive that the husband is the one in the wrong, but there are plenty of court cases that show some domestic violence cases was just self defense. We should wait for all of the facts before we crucify this guy, and refrain from criticizing college athletic programs.

    I wonder if the wife is polunesian?

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 2, 2013 4:18 p.m.


    "showed a study that utah's pac 12 membership benefitted the community as a whole about 5 million dollars in revenue"

    My post wasn't about the PAC 12, it was about college sports programs as a whole. I can guarantee you that Utah football alone provides more than $10 million dollars in revenue to the local economy. You chose to cherry pick one survey that says the PAC 12 membership benefits the economy by five million dollars. What you chose to ignore is that it is $5 million MORE! That is a bump above and beyond the revenues already generated.

    If you look at the economy as a whole, what Utah gives back, what the graduates from the Utah athletic programs do for the economy, the revenues DIRECTLY generated by the Utah programs, there is no way it is a loser. People are too short sighted and don't want to see the big picture. Most byU fans don't want to admit that their economy is directly helped by Utah sports programs. It is easier for them to complain that their tax dollars are wasted on the enemy.

    GO Utes!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 5:40 p.m.

    @vegas ute

    "As far as economics go - the financial gain to a community of sports programs (direct jobs, tax revenue created, support of local businesses, indirect jobs) FAR exceeds the cost to said community."

    That isn't exactly true either. Just a month ago we had this discussion and one of the utah fans on here showed a study that utah's pac 12 membership benefitted the community as a whole about 5 million dollars in revenue. Considering utah athletics is subsidized 10 mil and runs a 4 mil deficit it would appear that its overall affect is not a money maker.

    We need to look at sports for what it really is, and then decide if spending more than it generates is worthwhile. I tend to land on the we benefit more than it costs side of things but those benefits are not all financial. There is also community pride and also the common bond sports provides. There are benefits to kids that play them beyond the game, there are a lot of benefits. We just need to decide if they are worth more than the financial cost because for the most part they are a financial loser.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 1, 2013 11:37 a.m.

    "PG #1 FAN
    Lindon, UT

    We, the taxpayers of Utah pay for college sports in Utah, except BYU. As a private university they get no money from the State."

    We appreciate your support!!

    Go Utes!!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 1, 2013 11:33 a.m.

    JSB: While what you wrote has NOTHING to do with the article, I will play along.

    Here is just a minor few charitable foundations that were created by the "swelled egos":
    Smith, Alex: The Alex Smith Foundation
    Flutie, Doug: Doug Flutie Foundation for Autism
    Tomlinson, LaDainian: LT Gives Back
    Jackson, Bo: Bo Jackson’s Give Me a Chance Foundation
    White, Reggie: The Reggie White Sleep Disorders Foundation
    Young, Steve: Forever Young Foundation
    Manning, Peyton: PeyBack Foundation
    Light, Matt: The Light Foundation

    Here is the mission statement of just one of those foundations: "The Alex Smith Foundation provides foster teens with the tools and resources needed to transition to successful adulthood by developing and promoting Mentoring, Education Housing Internship, Job and Advocacy programs."

    There is good and bad in everything. Some people choose to ignore the good to promote a personal vendetta.

    As far as economics go - the financial gain to a community of sports programs (direct jobs, tax revenue created, support of local businesses, indirect jobs) FAR exceeds the cost to said community. You can cherry-pick facts all you want - but I choose to see positive with the negatives. I live happier that way.

    Go Utes!

  • PG #1 FAN Lindon, UT
    July 31, 2013 11:14 p.m.

    We, the taxpayers of Utah pay for college sports in Utah, except BYU. As a private university they get no money from the State. Go Cougars.... BTW this guy needs some serious help and jail time

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    July 31, 2013 10:12 p.m.

    Studies have shown that students who participate in extra curricular activities are generally more successful than students who don't. But of all the different extracurricular activities in which students can participate (debate, drama, music, clubs, student government, yearbook and publications, inter school sports), the poorest predictor of long term success in life (college degree, good job, etc.) is athletics. It's also the most expensive. I know people who have held their kids back in school so they can be bigger for the football team! Kids in the other activities are more likely to get good grades, graduate high school early, earn academic scholarships scholarships, and graduate from college. Lets put our time and money where the most good can be done for the most people. Not put it where a few gifted athletes and students with the right political connections get all the glory. If athletic competition is such a good thing, then why not have a comprehensive intramural program where all the students who want to participate can benefit from it. It would cost a lot less and there would be more kids involved. And probably they wouldn't have such swelled egos as current athletes do.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    July 31, 2013 7:30 p.m.

    @brave sir robin

    While I do not in anyway agree with jsb you are completely incorrect in your assertion that "colleges make money on sports". Most not only don't "make" money most actually lose money. utah is a great example of this. They bring in about 30 million in real revenue, are subsidized approximately another 10 million by students and tax payers, and then proceed to deficit spend another 4 million dollars on top of that. And utah is not unique in that respect, most colleges are exactly like utah, or even worse.

    So jsb does have a point, while utah's sports do bring in approximately 30 million they are subsidized and lose about 14 million more so we can realistically say that 14 million dollars could be spent on the things jsb described rather than being spent on sports.

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    July 31, 2013 5:38 p.m.

    About 15 years (minimum) of hard labor (don't work . . . don't eat) would help "rehabilitate" and "correct" this guy and those like him. But of course that would be "cruel and unusual" punishment, unlike what he administered to his spouse and the mother of his child. When are we going to wake up and make people ACTUALLY be responsible for their behavior--instead of just free room, board, medical, dental, and legal with their like-minded associates?

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    July 31, 2013 5:36 p.m.

    @JSB Sugar City

    You sound like someone who never saw the field of play and quite frankly, bitter about it. Sports teaches many great lessons, but cannot supplant lessons not learned at home.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 31, 2013 4:36 p.m.


    You do realize that colleges make money on sports, right? In fact, for most state schools it's one of their most significant sources of income, and that profit goes back into the school to do things like decrease class sizes, etc. But don't let the facts get in the way of a good rant.

  • OnlyInUtah Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 31, 2013 4:29 p.m.

    Sounds like he received a great education while attending the U. I'm not saying the U is any worse than any other university. I'm just pointing out that a college "education" doesn't necessarily make one "smart."

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    July 31, 2013 4:15 p.m.

    Wow. Only really, truly tough guys can do what he did. Wow, this is disgusting.

    July 31, 2013 4:12 p.m.

    JSB, because that's what is taught in sports, right? And surely only athletes are capable of such atrocities, right? Get a clue.

  • Frankenberry Saint George, UT
    July 31, 2013 4:10 p.m.

    JSB: And that has what to do with this story? Are you saying without interscholastic sports this guy wouldn't have stomped a mud hole in his wife? One has nothing to do with the other.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    July 31, 2013 3:58 p.m.

    @ JSB
    Don't sugar coat it, tell us how you really feel!

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 31, 2013 3:57 p.m.

    Perhaps we could all dress in grey Mao suits and take part in a cultural revolution banning all entertainment as evil and bourgeoisie. Is that the way it is in Sugar City, ID?

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    July 31, 2013 2:40 p.m.

    Other than the violence, aggression, cheating, arrogance, selfishness, sexual promiscuity, poor sportsmanship, etc. I really appreciate the how inter school sports develops people with good character. Isn't it wonderful that our schools spend money on inter school sports that would otherwise be wasted on decreasing classroom size or other inconsequential, unimportant educational diversions.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    July 31, 2013 2:05 p.m.

    This is not only a horrible reflection on the poly community but it's also sad that he gave the Ute program a bad name too. Glad the coaches rid themselves of that looser. So glad he's an exception not the rule in the poly pipeline. And to think that we just lost 3 great young men while this lunatic lives on to probably abuse again.

    Good luck Utes! and go Cougars!

  • splitme2 West Jordan, UT
    July 31, 2013 2:05 p.m.

    Dumb move to not show up. He could have gotten off easy. Now I hope they add all the charges back on and he gets sent to prison for a long time!