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Posted on Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 9:43 a.m.

Michigan wide receiver Darryl Stonum is ticketed for driving with a revoked license

By Lee Higgins

Michigan wide receiver Darryl Stonum, who is on probation for operating a vehicle while visibly impaired second offense, was ticketed this morning in Ann Arbor for driving on a revoked license, 15th District Court records show.

Stonum, 21, was stopped by Ann Arbor police after he checked in at the court's probation office on East Huron Street at 7:03 a.m., said Steve Hill, Stonum's probation officer. Hill said Stonum was not taken into custody.



A probation violation form is being completed, but so far Stonum has not been charged with violating probation.

Court records also allege that Stonum lied to Hill prior to the traffic stop. Records say when Stonum checked in at the probation office he told Hill that a female friend had dropped him off on nearby East Washington Street.

Stonum is scheduled to appear in 15th District Court tomorrow at 8 a.m. for a hearing in front of Judge Charles Pope that was previously scheduled to ensure Stonum is complying with the conditions of his probation. It is likely the issue will be raised at that hearing. Records show Stonum was stopped today by Officer Bill Clock, who Hill said is the police department's liason to the sobriety court program. Stonum was pulled over shortly after leaving the probation office, Hill said.

Stonum's attorney, Doug Lewis, declined comment this morning.

In June, Stonum was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to operating while visibly impaired second offense. He also received a suspended sentence of 365 days in jail, meaning if he violates probation, he could have to serve a portion or all of the jail sentence. The day before he was sentenced, he was ticketed for driving with a suspended license, but that charge was later dismissed.

Since being sentenced, Stonum has had 12 satisfactory reviews in court, meaning he has been complying with the conditions of his probation. Ann Arbor Police Chief Barnett Jones could not immediately be reached for comment this morning.

Stonum was suspended indefinitely from the Michigan football team in May for "behavior that is unbecoming of a Michigan football player," coach Brady Hoke said in a statement. Hoke has said Stonum must fulfill all his commitments to the legal system and football program being considered for reinstatement.

Stonum, who is from Stafford, Texas, was Michigan's second-leading receiver in the 2010 season with 49 catches for 633 yards and four touchdowns.

Lee Higgins is a reporter for He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at


Lee Higgins

Fri, Jan 6, 2012 : 4:48 p.m.

Stonum was sentenced to jail today: <a href=""></a>


Fri, Jan 6, 2012 : 1:06 p.m.

Mr. Stoning has shown repeatedly that he cannot learn a lesson. He should be permanently dismissed from the team and any scholarships revoked immediately. Any teammate that knew of Stonum's driving should also be punished for not reporting it to police.


Fri, Jan 6, 2012 : 1:47 a.m.

Self control and self regulation: required for success in any field. The ability to divert from, defer or otherwise resist the temptation to follow one's errant desires is key to character as well as success and a better life overall. For Mr. Stonum: the prognosis is not good. His status with the Michigan football program is almost moot at this point: he's already let down on his responsibility to Michigan and his fellow players. Studies done around the world confirm: children with little or no self control become adults with little or no self control. Massive follow up studies show such people are much more prone to become spouse abusers, alcoholics and more likely to end up in low-end jobs -plus being over 3X more likely to end up in jail. This is regardless of IQ or any other attribute like athletic ability. Michigan's recruiters in all sports would do well to put &quot;has self control&quot; at the top of their check lists. Are you listening, Coach Hoke?

Old Salt

Fri, Jan 6, 2012 : 1:15 a.m.

There is only one way to prevent persons with a suspenended or revoked liscense from driving and that is to impound their vehicle


Fri, Jan 6, 2012 : 12:04 a.m.

I want to see Stonum on the football field next year! Come on Darryl, step up and show us all that you are trying to do what needs to be done. Learn from this and get on track. Be the BEST you can be! I have Faith that you can do this!

Ed Kimball

Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 11:18 p.m.

Does anyone else wonder why Stonum's article gets a photograph of him that looks like a graduation photo in which he's wearing a coat and tie, while Dr. Weinblatt's articles all get a photograph of him that looks like a mug shot in which he's wearing a black t-shirt? Can't find any other photos of Weinblatt?


Fri, Jan 6, 2012 : 2:36 a.m.

Seems to me: Weinblatt's attorney could offer to provide a more flattering photo of him. That way, acceptance or refusal by would clear up the matter of possible prejudice on their part.

Michigan Man

Fri, Jan 6, 2012 : 1:28 a.m.

It obvious - thinks more highly of M football players than criminally charged Ann Arbor pediatricians.


Fri, Jan 6, 2012 : 12:06 a.m.

How petty is this!


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 9:07 p.m.

What a buzzkill Mr Stonum is after the victory a few days before and in making a fool of Mr Hoke. Nevertheless, if it is what it is then hasta la vista, Mr Stonum, but please respect the law and your life will get better.


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 8:22 p.m.

Is he still on an athletic scholarship? If so, that is asinine.


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 7:47 p.m.

So one of our Firefighters was killed this morning and this is the top story of the day? You've got to be kidding me. On another note if you have Steve Hill for a probation officer you follow all conditions of your probation because what doesn't come out in the wash, comes out in the rinse. That man has connections ALL over this area.


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 7:38 p.m.

I would prefer this young man stay out of the jail, we should leave the cells open for people who are potnetially dangerous to society, and although he lacked judgement driving drunk twice, and most recently driving on a suspended, he in my opinion, is not a threat to the well being of our community. With that being said, I would instead prefer that he return every single cent that has been given to him, the food, books, education, housing, plane ticket to the NOLA, clothing, shoes, all of it.

David Vande Bunte

Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 7:20 p.m.

This is Michigan. We need to have higher standards than our little brothers in East Lansing. Hoke needs to boot Stonum off the team. He has used up all of his strikes.


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 9:08 p.m.

Excellent point.


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 7:18 p.m.

This is not good - either for Stonum or for the U-M football team. I'd guess there's a pretty high likelihood that Stonum will be dismissed from the team. The combination of lying and driving with a revoked license will be too much to justify giving him another chance. If this happens, it will be a tremendous waste of a football career with a lot of promise. Hopefully, either way, Stonum will finally learn an important lesson that will help him in his post-football career, whatever it is.

Wally the Wolverine

Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 6:30 p.m.

It was just this past August when coach Hoke granted him a redshirt season to get his problems resolved. I questioned it at the time, but gave BH the benefit of the doubt. A more cynical person could say it was just a means to keep him on a team that would be in need of some starting receiving talent this fall. Whatever the motive, it now looks like Stonum betrayed himself and a coach who stuck his neck out for him. So, does Brady boot him, or risk losing the moral high ground?

Wally the Wolverine

Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 6:44 p.m.

On further thought, the judge just might make Brady's decision for him. After giving an individual more breaks than you and I would've ever received, I don't expect the judge to be feeling very charitable at the moment. Depending how personally the judge might be taking it, Stonum could end up spending more than a few days behind bars.


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 6:30 p.m.

Apparently motivation only goes so far: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>

Robert Granville

Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 6:30 p.m.

Sounds like we're gonna be &quot;short&quot; on receivers again next year. He's are only 6'2&quot; guy. Hello Darboh and Chesson I guess...


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 5:56 p.m.

Stonum has lost the privilege of wearing the winged helmet. Jeremy Jackson is ready to take his spot.


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 6:41 p.m.

I don't necessarily agree with your Jeremy Jackson assertion, but Stonum definitely has not shown he's accountable to his teammates. So long, Darryl.


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 5:51 p.m.

what an incredibly news-worthy story - completely worthy of being the LEAD story on in related news, the same thing happened to a hundred other students this week across Ann Arbor and Ypsi and save me the tired &quot;he is a public figure&quot; nonsense this is a minor story - nothing more


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 9:11 p.m.

Sheer nonsense. Stonum brought it upon himself. So the football team isn't public, huh..duh!


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 5:36 p.m.

I was looking forward to this kid coming back. Sometimes you just can't fix stupid. Pending the outcome of this, I figure Brady Hoke will deal with it accordingly. If convicted, he can always sit out another year and suit up for misdemeanor state in least lansing or red/grey in c'bus......... GO BLUE!!

r treat

Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 5:27 p.m.

I just saw him at the new orleans marriott with the team. I would think someone else deserved the trip instead.

Matt Patercsak

Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 5:24 p.m.

screw me once, shame on you. screw me twice? shame on me. this man no longer needs to be on the team. bring in Arnett. chesson and darboh will get their chances

Buster W.

Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 4:58 p.m.

Enough is's time for him to go.


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 4:57 p.m.

Will Hoke keep his word and cut this kid loose? Enough is enough, he's lost his chance to play football in the Big Ten. Some things are more important than the depth chart and we'll see what decision Hoke makes here. If Stonum was going to be 5th on the depth chart next year, he'd be gone for sure.


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 4:47 p.m.

Darryl, Darryl, Darryl. You've proven yourself uncoachable at the collegiate level, perhaps it would be easiest for all concerned if you declared for the NFL draft. Likely they'll not want you either but that way you can stop wasting everyone's time and devote yourself to the Michigan judicial system.


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 4:43 p.m.

Hoke has done everything to turn this kid around; with integrity. I was looking forward to Stonum play next year. Sad, but he just doesn't get it. Two strikes and thrown off the team for a year and he just doesn't get it. I doubt he ever will. Hoke should say goodbye. The program's integrity is at stake and he is a loaded gun waiting to go off.


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 4:23 p.m.

OK, fess up. You guys had someone following Stonum's every move, didn't you? The traffic stop happened at 7:03 this morning and you've written and posted the story 2 hours and 40 minutes later? I understand the importance of expediency in your line of work.... but for this story? Come on. Fess up.


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 9:14 p.m.

Not humorous at all!

Ron Granger

Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 4:14 p.m.

&quot;The day before he was sentenced, he was ticketed for driving with a suspended license, but that charge was later dismissed.&quot; Why was that one dismissed? It seems like that was a huge break that us regular folk would not get. Driving to court on a suspended license? Really? Events suggest that he continues to drive and lies about it. Driving to probation? He is not taking his TWO impaired driving offenses seriously. This is all just a big joke for him. So I guess we are to believe that he isn't also drinking and driving? That he somehow holds himself to a higher standard on that point? He has not demonstrated the judgement, or respect for life and the law, that are essential to operate a motor vehicle on the public roads. As a Wolverine fan, it pains me to say that they have given him too many chances. Revoke his probation and put him in jail for two years. Otherwise, what's to stop him from continuing to drive without a license, or drunk? What does it take to keep him from killing someone? If they let him walk free, history shows he'll keep driving.


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 9:15 p.m.

Well said. He certainly got a big break and that stinks.


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 4:03 p.m.

All he had to do was call a cab. Or not lie. Cops and probation officers hate being lied to, especially after they have gone to extra effort to help a person out, to be lenient. My guess is that if he had just told the truth they might have let him slide. I really like Stonum, but I hate to say it, it's time to cut him loose. Beyond the past, he committed two additional acts that violate Michigan standards - breaking the law (driving on a suspended license) and lying to an officer of the law. Michigan has to uphold higher standards.


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 3:58 p.m.

The story is not complete because we'll need to know the outcome of the court hearing Friday. After that, we'll need to find out what else Brady Hoke will do. In the end, very sad Stomun even drove to a probation session.

cornelius McDougenschniefferburgenstein jr. 3 esq.

Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 3:51 p.m.

i wish i was a football player.when i was stopped without valid license i was handcuffed,taken to jail,car impounded,etc.i couldnt get it dismissed either.+lying to glad aapd doesnt practice selective enforcement.


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 5:51 p.m.

Your screen name reminds me of the Cheech and Chong comedy skit of the 1970's with &quot;The Right Reverend Maharishiomulliganstein&quot; :-)

Michael Mancari

Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 3:46 p.m.

Sometimes the system isn't very flexible. Yes, he is accountable for another poor decision but, sometimes it isn't fair especially when the cop in question was liaison between the program to the sobriety court. I bet they set up people all the time. Hey, give the kid a little break. Now, I'm less tolerant for the lying bit though. I think he will come out of this a better man. Positively speaking


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 7:03 p.m.

I walked everywhere as a student. I couldn't afford a car, let alone afford to park it or the gas. It is not hard to walk from campus to the courthouse.


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 4:47 p.m.

When I was a student in AA I didn't even have a car. please, he could just walk or get a buddy to drive him for gas money. &quot;He'll come out a better man&quot; isn't that what they said after strikes one and two?

Michigan Man

Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 3:56 p.m.

MM - Disagreed - early in life I was taught not to lie, cheat or steal - Standing tall and orienting oneself to the highest standards in life = best way to go! If Stonum can adapt - and move in the circle I just painted - he will experience many successes in life!


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 3:03 p.m.

What a shame. Kid needs to grow up and stop lying.

Craig Lounsbury

Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 3:02 p.m.

Driving a car to a probation check in whose terms include a prohibition on driving is A. brazen B. stupid C. all of the above D. none of the above


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 2:59 p.m.

I guess it wasn't worth violating NCAA rules for this guy. When they had him doing early AM conditioning drills for two hours a day, it was a violation of NCAA rules against using conditioning drills as punishment. It was also problably a violation of rules that make it illegal to have any mandatory work outs during 8 weeks that have to be scheduled off but when I asked for the schedule of weeks under FOIA the UM claimed the schedule was a &quot;trade secret&quot;. The UM took some risks for this guy and it doesn't look like it was worth it.


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 5:02 p.m.

@trespass: There is no NCAA rule against using conditioning drills as punishment. The NCAA report alleged that Michigan violated the rules because the drills were conducted during a summer period when no mandatory conditioning of ANY KIND was allowed to take place. The fact that the drills were for purposes of punishment was true - but it's the fact that the drills were REQUIRED that made it a violation. During the regular season, conditioning drills can be required, and can be used as punishment, so long as the maximum number of countable hours per day and per week aren't exceeded.


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 3:51 p.m.

Not the first time Michigan has used early morning workouts as punishment. Lloyd Carr had Adrian Arrington running the stairs at Michigan Stadium every morning after I think his off field incident with his girlfriend or something. Arrington publicly acknowledged this in news articles back then, too, so it's not like the NCAA couldn't have hit them with a violation (if it is one).


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 3:39 p.m.

@Rob- After I called and asked the athletic departments compliance office for the schedule of 8 weeks, the work outs stopped. The NCAA report on last years violations said that one of their violations was using conditioning work outs as punishment so they not only violated the rule but it was one that they were cited for violating last year. I called and asked one of the NCAA compliance officers if that was a violation and they said it was. However, I could not get them to show it to me in the rules.

Rob Pollard

Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 3:20 p.m.

I've seen you note this previously and it's interesting - can you provide a link to the part of the NCAA rules (which, I know, are IRS-like in their complexity) which covers &quot;conditioning as punishment&quot;? I'd be interested to see what the wording is. Thanks.


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 3:15 p.m.

So Brady Hoke pulled a Rich Rod? Tremendous.

Rob Pollard

Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 2:53 p.m.

If the allegations are true (i.e., he did, in fact, violate his probation by driving with a revoked license), that should be it for Stonum as a Michigan football player. He's had more than enough chances. Too bad -- seemed like a decent kid and they could use him next year with Hemingway graduating, but Stonum apparently does not know how to following the motor vehicle laws.

Rob Pollard

Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 6:15 p.m.

Well, Brent, if this was his first or second offense, I would agree with you, but as noted in the paragraph above starting with &quot;In June, Stonum was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to operating while visibly impaired second offense....&quot; this would now be Stonum's FOURTH offense. Even if you don't count the dismissed charge, he (allegedly) did a two-fer this time (committing the offense, then lying about it) Unfortunately, based on past performance, I would not take any further risks on Stonum as he's a habitual offender and can't seem to follow simple rules. Three strikes (plus another) and you're out.


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 5:21 p.m.

I hardly doubt that this would get him kicked off the team. Not a major violation in terms or a coach's eye.


Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 2:52 p.m.

Ahhh...GEEEZ!!! As I've gotten older I've learned that there are certain people in life who make things very difficult for themselves no matter the circumstances....perhaps Mr. Stonum falls into this category.

Craig Lounsbury

Thu, Jan 5, 2012 : 2:55 p.m.

&quot;...perhaps Mr. Stonum falls into this category.&quot; a distinct possibility.