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Posted on Mon, May 9, 2011 : 5:10 p.m.

Michigan wide receiver Darryl Stonum expected to be arraigned Friday

By Lee Higgins

Michigan wide receiver Darryl Stonum is expected to be arraigned on a charge of operating while intoxicated-second offense at 8 a.m. Friday in 15th District Court in Ann Arbor, according to University of Michigan police spokesperson Diane Brown.

As of 4:40 p.m. today, no charges had been filed by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office, chief deputy assistant prosecutor Steve Hiller said.


Michigan wide receiver Darryl Stonum, above, is expected to be arraigned on a charge of operating while intoxicated-second offense on Friday. file photo

Stonum, a senior-to-be from Stafford, Texas, was arrested early last Friday morning after a traffic stop in Ann Arbor. On Saturday, he was suspended indefinitely by Michigan football coach Brady Hoke.

A second offense of an operating while intoxicating charge is punishable by up to one year in jail.

In September 2008, Stonum’s freshman year at Michigan, police charged him with operating a vehicle while visibly impaired and he was subsequently jailed for three nights in July 2010 for multiple probation violations.

In a statement announcing his suspension, Hoke left the door open for Stonum’s return to the team saying he must first "fulfill all his commitments he has to the legal system and our program."

Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at



Thu, May 12, 2011 : 12:57 p.m.

In corporate America we would send Darryl Stonum to get the very best medical treatment and support; a diagnoses will confirm the illness. Now we have drive by idiots giving their unfounded medical opinion about matters that I thought were by law, private. That said, how many chances will you need to recover from cancer or a heart condition or herpes (oh , there is no known cure yet a major concern on all college campuses). Coach Hoke, get Darryl the medical care he needs; his actions are screaming "I have an illness and I need help!" In the interim the REAL FANS pray that this STUDENT ATHLETE at The University of Michigan with its world renowned medical practitioners and researchers can give him the care to overcome his illness - what ever it is diagnosesed to be.


Tue, May 10, 2011 : 5:35 p.m.

This fellow needs to change his attitude to turn his life around. Just like with Miguel Cabrera it is obvious that this young athlete needs some guidance.

Cindy Heflin

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Jerry Rabe

Tue, May 10, 2011 : 1:45 p.m.

I do not know all the detail, but this is a second offense and violated probation. I don't want him on the street. This is a legal issue. If Brady dismisses from team, I look for consistency between programs- Mike Floyd @ ND has already had his third similar offense. Will he play?


Tue, May 10, 2011 : 1:28 p.m.

This one is a tough pill to swallow but I don't see how Stonum can come back from this. He was given a second chance and he blew it. This is NOT the senior leadership anyone would expect at Michigan and anyone that has listened to Coach Hoke (not to mention AD DB) knows he is a no nonsense guy (like Bo) and will not tolerate that type of behavior. I was very disappointed to read this because I have always liked Darryl for his ability on the field and the lightheartedness he brought to interaction with the media especially his hilarious taste for fashion (bringing style to geekdom). No one is laughing now though. I hope he'll stay in school, get his degree, and become sucessful at whatever he pursues in the future. GO BLUE!!! Hmmm....I thought only Rothstein did the negative stories about UM athletics? Must have disappointed him to not get this scoop.


Tue, May 10, 2011 : 1:11 p.m.

The only way Stonum should ever play for Michigan again is if he admits to a problem and asks to go to rehab the minute finals are over. He either has a severe problem, no respect for the privilege of playing for the University of Michigan, or is criminally ignorant. I would hope it is just a sense of entitlement, but there is a good chance that he has a problem. If he does, he needs to take care of it now before it gets worse. When I first heard about this, I was for kicking him off the team immediately. But if he does have a problem, admits it in front of the entire team and coaching staff, and gets help, I would think a &quot;second second chance&quot; with a very short leash is appropriate. The only thing in his favor here is that DUI isn't a violent crime. It has the potential to be tragic, but potential doesn't count for anything in the real world: only results do. So, what we have here is a kid who either has a legitimate problem or just &quot;doesn't get it.&quot; Even if he does admit to the problem and gets help, a fresh start, or the proverbial/metaphorical &quot;new sandbox,&quot; may be best for everyone all around. But it probably isn't as cut and dried as I originally thought it was, or as many people think now.

Blu n Tpa

Wed, May 11, 2011 : 2:16 p.m.

Hey Ghost, 1st, et al, How about we combine the two, Man Crush Crowd and the Worst Coach in Michigan Football History to WCC? So from now on it could be the (W)orst Coach in Michigan Football History (C)rush (C)rowd. I'm sure Dusty, tater, PLB, and the rest of 'the Omegas' would appreciate the change. TiM Go Blue!


Wed, May 11, 2011 : 1:35 a.m.

Who or what is &quot;MCC&quot; and &quot;WCiMFH?&quot;

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Tue, May 10, 2011 : 1:48 p.m.

I do love the way the MCC has started to demand incredibly stiff penalties for any player who has problems under Hoke's watch. Such demands were noticeably absent, however, during the tenure of the WCiMFH. Wonder why? Good Night and Good Luck

Blu n Tpa

Tue, May 10, 2011 : 1:32 p.m.

I agree with part of your comments, because alcohol/drug abuse is a known disease state. But DUI is really a crime where the burden of proof is on the defendant not the STATE. In most states you lose your license on being arrested even though it's not a &quot;violent&quot; crime. That's because it is assumed that if you weren't stopped by the police you would/could have caused personal injury/property damage before you got home. I also don't feel him offering a public/private 'mea culpa' is necessary because having to witness someone elses pain isn't that entertaining to me. Let's wait for all the facts before asking someone to &quot;confess&quot;. TiUSA Go Blue!


Tue, May 10, 2011 : 12:51 p.m.

It's always sad to see a young man (or woman), with so much potential, fail. Alchohol (or drugs) is not &quot;cool&quot; - especially when it turns out that you're addicted and unable to understand when it's time to stop. I can't imagine what it's like to come from a high school and find yourself in the midst of the UM football fan base. The pressure to perform, the pressure to be great, the pressure to walk on earth like a saint... this is a young man in trouble. There needs to be serious consequences for his actions (thank goodness he didn't kill anyone while driving drunk). Hoke made the right decision (sends a strong message to all the players). But Stonum is one of ours. He doesn't need jail time, he needs professional support and help for alcholism. I hope he gets help and I hope he is strong enough to turn his life around.


Tue, May 10, 2011 : 3:08 p.m.

MJC: It is obvious to me that this young man has a problem with alcohol and while I do not condone his actions, what he needs is the support of his family, teammates and the coaching staff to receive the proper help he needs. Its amazing how so many people are so willing to &quot;throw&quot; away these athletes when they encountered problems. Sometimes a &quot; second'second&quot; chance is needed in order for the person to make the necessary changes. I hope the parents of potential recruits are watching how this plays out so that if they send their sons here, they will know what to expect if their son encounter difficulty. While some may consider it a privilege for a young man to have the opportunity to play for M, I think it is equally beneficial for M to have these young here so they can make millions of dollars off them.


Tue, May 10, 2011 : 1:53 p.m.

Whoa ... I think its an overreach to conclude that he's an alcoholic, he may have been drinking two times in his life and stupidly drove both times (unlikely, I know). Plus, my personal pet peeve are people talking on cell phones, which I think is almost as bad as the impairment form low level alcohol consumption. But as far as I know its still legal to drive while talking on cell phones in Michigan.


Tue, May 10, 2011 : 12:49 p.m.

There goes his one dollar a day DUI insurance for a good driving record...................


Tue, May 10, 2011 : 5:02 a.m.

Time for Brady Hoke to show the cops who's boss.


Tue, May 10, 2011 : 4:02 a.m.

I have to agree with those who think this is a borderline case. There are only two reasons charges aren't filed quickly in a case like this. The first is the prosecutors office is so overworked, a realitively minor case (considering other cases they are working on) like this gets delayed. The second is the case has some serious questions that need to be answered before prosecutors will file the charges. Washtenaw County hasn't had such a crime spree, and isn't such a high crime area that the prosecutors office wouldn't have time to file if this was as easy as most similar cases are. I think Hoke is doing the correct thing in suspending him. If he is found guilty I agree with those saying to cut him loose. If he isn't charged he needs to be reinstated to the program with some possiblity of punishment from the team for putting himself in position to be arrested in the first place (dumb decisions).


Tue, May 10, 2011 : 3:59 a.m.

U of M officers should realize that their salaries are partly paid by the millions of fans in the stadium going to watch players like this man and be more lenient. I'm not supporting drunk driving but I do support the rebirth of Michigan football.


Tue, May 10, 2011 : 12:37 p.m.

I support Michigan Football too but come on look the other way when an athlete is breaking the law? Get real. Are they supposed to look the other way if a football player is beating someone up? Or stealing? It's thinking like that that makes these kids think they can get away with anything.


Tue, May 10, 2011 : 10:39 a.m.

So you're advocating that they shouldn't have arrested a drunk driver because he's a football player? Really?


Tue, May 10, 2011 : 1:42 a.m.

So many loved BO, and I agree that nothing good happens after 11 p.m. I don't see where this is a border-line case. I think Darryl has crosssed the line. (too bad it wasn't on the field).


Tue, May 10, 2011 : 12:14 a.m.

The use of alcohol by college students continues to be a problem--not just football players, but college aged young adults. Handling yourself, making good decisions, etc--all of it is impaired when drinking any amount, but particularly when under the influence. Bo used to say that nothing good happens after 11:00 at night (or so) and I think he is right. How many of these awful things do we read about so late at night. Part of the maturing process for all of these students is learning how to say &quot;enough&quot; and asking for help. Alcohol education is one of the things that is sorely lacking on college campuses--and even if it's present, the students all feel it is hogwash and don't take it seriously. How many more similar incidents do we have to see to make it finally stick? Thankfully Stonum was just stopped rather than in an accident. But these are the types of concerns I have raised over the upcoming night game and I hope that we don't learn tough lessons on that night.


Mon, May 9, 2011 : 11:33 p.m.

This is obviously a very borderline case. Obviously, Stonum has made some very poor choices and he is on the precipice right now. But, I think the coaches need to be the ones who make the call here based on what Daryl does or doesn't do. Whether he ends up playing again for Michigan or not, let's all pray he makes the right choice.

Blu n Tpa

Mon, May 9, 2011 : 10:47 p.m.

He hasn't been ARRAINGED yet but the three &quot;Wise Men&quot; have already from him guilty and sentenced him. Coach Hoke has set the terms of any return to the team. I'm not being soft, if he's found wrong, he's gone. It costs nothing to be fair, you can't fill spot now anyway.

The Black Stallion3

Mon, May 9, 2011 : 10:37 p.m.

Stonum should not be allowed to ever put on the Michigan uniform again, he obviously does not take his free ride at the U of M very seriously. Give his scholarship to a young man that will appreciate it.

Jerry Rabe

Tue, May 10, 2011 : 1:50 p.m.

Jesus said, &quot;whoever is without sin, cast the first stone&quot;, Anyone who has driven after having a couple, should not cast an opinion. Just lucky that were not caught!


Mon, May 9, 2011 : 10:25 p.m.

I think it is time to part ways. I believe in second chances, but Darryl has received more than a couple chances. As a prospective senior, he needs to be a role model for the many younger players on the field, if he likes it or not. So far, I have been very happy with everything Coach Hoke has done. However, we will be no better than some of these other schools if Stonum is reinstated back on the team.