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Franks Tanks

Mercado

Per today's Express times, Mercado was arrested for forcing his way into a college owned student residence that was not his own.  He faces a few charges, and is no longer in school per the article.  Our kids do dumb things at times, but Frank and the college deliver swift and proper punishment, unlike our buddies in Bethlehem where many of the accused appear to have revived no punishment at all.
SIDELINER

Re: Mercado

Franks Tanks wrote:
Per today's Express times, Mercado was arrested for forcing his way into a college owned student residence that was not his own.  He faces a few charges, and is no longer in school per the article.  Our kids do dumb things at times, but Frank and the college deliver swift and proper punishment, unlike our buddies in Bethlehem where many of the accused appear to have revived no punishment at all.


The E-T story mentions summonses. Then the writer, Tony Rhodin, blindly links the Mercado incident with the one where the Lehigh kid beat up a guy and had a bunch of serious charges levied against him. That's ridiculous. Mercado is not in school this semester because he has to drop out a semester in order to play a medical red-shirt season in the fall. Did Rhodin try to check on that?

Obviously Mercado did SOMETHING stupid, not thing kind of thing we'd like to see from, an academic all-star, and he will undoubtedly be punished for it if and when he comes back in the fall.
Franks Tanks

Rhodin hates Lafayette.  He takes any shot he can when he can.
NewXbo

Franks Tanks wrote:
Rhodin hates Lafayette.  He takes any shot he can when he can.


He lives near the college and complains about the noise on the weekends. Hell to get old Tony. Remember what it was like when you were at Moravian?
Lafalum

Rodin is the resident jerk on the ET staff. Totally anti-Lafayette. Hey….. don't live on the Hill if you don't like college age students.
Andy

Franks Tanks wrote:
Rhodin hates Lafayette.  He takes any shot he can when he can.


I was going to post earlier that this guy seems to relish these anti-LC stories he does.  You guys have confirmed my suspicion.
Franks Tanks

It appears that Mercado will be back in the fall semester for his 5th year.  He made a mistake and will suffer the consequences, but he is an excellent student and seems to be a good kid.  Life lesson, and hopefully he will learn from the ordeal.
LeopardBall10

Franks Tanks wrote:
It appears that Mercado will be back in the fall semester for his 5th year.  He made a mistake and will suffer the consequences, but he is an excellent student and seems to be a good kid.  Life lesson, and hopefully he will learn from the ordeal.


I'll speak to his character personally. He is a great kid from a terrible area/high school. Has matured leaps and bounds over his career at Lafayette. Is the definition of a coach's dream: plays like an animal, wants to learn and improve, wants to lead. Not sure what mistake he made, but I hope he learns from it and goes on to graduate and lead this team in his 5th year.
Andy

LeopardBall10 wrote:
Franks Tanks wrote:
It appears that Mercado will be back in the fall semester for his 5th year.  He made a mistake and will suffer the consequences, but he is an excellent student and seems to be a good kid.  Life lesson, and hopefully he will learn from the ordeal.


I'll speak to his character personally. He is a great kid from a terrible area/high school. Has matured leaps and bounds over his career at Lafayette. Is the definition of a coach's dream: plays like an animal, wants to learn and improve, wants to lead. Not sure what mistake he made, but I hope he learns from it and goes on to graduate and lead this team in his 5th year.


Amen to that.
Zeus

it's pretty sad a grown man would fire off a propaganda piece against a college kid. A mistake was made, no doubt, and i'm sure there will be a penalty. That said, his " article" was poorly researched and just another example of people just waiting around to pounce on athletics.
bethlehempard

Zeus wrote:
it's pretty sad a grown man would fire off a propaganda piece against a college kid. A mistake was made, no doubt, and i'm sure there will be a penalty. That said, his " article" was poorly researched and just another example of people just waiting around to pounce on athletics.


So when a Lehigh or Colgate student is charged, it's an outrage, a crime and a reflection on an entire school and its alumni, living and dead.

At Lafayette, though, reporting a matter of public record is an outrage, media bullying and poorly reported.

I get it.

Lafayette: some fans are always ready with an excuse. The FOLF scholarship, administrators long gone, WEISS!, bloated budgets for diversity, the admissions office, an inattentive board -- and did I forget, WEISS!

The excuses are disgusting. This board is going to hell.

Lafayette: last in football, last in basketball but first in excuses.
Lafayette: first in excuses, first in whining, and last in the Patriot League.  
Grow up.

By the way did I mention -- WEISS!!!!!!

I have no doubt that posters here are great fans and great people and great Lafayette supporters. More so than I am. But why do you check the concept of accountability at the door? Why is there so much deflection and misdirection?
Why can Lehigh and Bucknell win in the NCAAs and Lehigh and Colgate win in the FCS and I think our last post-season win was in the 1970s or earlier?
How many FCS and NCAA wins do our current coaches have? Zero? After all these years?
LC Fan

Bethlehampard is spot on. Our entire sports program has been an embarrassment for decades but 1-10 with schollies and two currently dreadful basketball programs reinforce the fact that no one (other than Weiss) is ever held responsible.
LeopardBall10

LC Fan wrote:
Bethlehampard is spot on. Our entire sports program has been an embarrassment for decades but 1-10 with schollies and two currently dreadful basketball programs reinforce the fact that no one (other than Weiss) is ever held responsible.


Look, I am one of the largest critics of the department as a whole. Agreed that we lose, a lot, and it sucks. But you and bethlehampard are really missing the whole point. This article has nothing to do with the athletic department, but rather the fact that a journalist is attacking a 22 year old kid who had too much to drink, tried to get into what he thought was his house, broke in, and annoyed the rightful occupants. Sure it was stupid and no one on this board is condoning his actions. But for this journalist to 1. Insinuate that Mercado is no longer in school because of this incident without even a quote from the AD or Head Coach and 2. Compare the issuance of several summary offenses to the multiple felonies committed at Lehigh is just inexcusable.

What Mercado did was dumb, and there will be consequences. But the tone and context of this article is slanderous in my opinion. The reporter is making assumptions without even a single quote from the Easton Police, campus Public Saftey, or the court other than the summons documents.
adcs2

Please dont call Rhodin a journalist. A hack is more like it. After all, this is a guy who tried to make a connection between obesity rates in NJ to Gov Chris Christie before his editor had the common sense to rework the story.

For the few folks who still actually possess an ET subscription, please just let your subscription lapse when it ends. It is filled with two day old stories anyway.
bethlehempard

Great idea! The one paper that actually covers Lafayette sports.
I'm sure the New York Times will pick up the slack.
Excuses, excuses and distraction and deflection. That defines the Lafayette sports community.
BTW no there is nothing "slanderous" in the item about the player.
Andy

Latest from Rhodin:

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/e...layer_who_allegedly.html#comments

Mercado (back in school) charged with summary offenses - disorderly conduct, defiant trespass and public drunkenness.

•A summary offense is the most minor type of criminal offense in Pennsylvania, and is often called a “non-traffic citation.”
•Summary offenses can include disorderly conduct, loitering, harassment, and low-level retail theft, among others.
•A conviction for a summary offense usually results in a fine. You may have never gone to court after getting a summary citation.

Rhodin calls the incident a  "HOME INVASION" - and compares it to the Lehigh incident where a person was beaten and his refrigerator urinated in.

Rhodin - "The citations are for non-traffic, not crimina, acts, but the trial in Grifo's court will proceed in the same form as a criminal case, according to Pennsylvania court rules."   He forgot this part of the "court rules" he cites: will proceed in the same form as a criminal case in the courts of common pleas when jury trial has been waived. Good job, Tony.
The Maroon

I'm a fan of the ET - but Rhodin is a joke.  Read virtually any story he posts - they're all over the place with attempted connections and often look like they're written by a high school sophomore.

And yes, he does have an ax to grind with the college.
Andy

The Maroon wrote:
I'm a fan of the ET - but Rhodin is a joke.  Read virtually any story he posts - they're all over the place with attempted connections and often look like they're written by a high school sophomore.

And yes, he does have an ax to grind with the college.


Yeah, thought it interesting that nowhere in this article on an incident involving forced entry into a residence by 6 people who assault a resident, punch holes in walls, and urinate in the refrigerator, resulting in police investigation, photo arrays, at least one arrest on a felony charge, confessions, and bail being set, does Tony use the term "HOME INVASION."

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/b...high_football_player_charged.html

Rather it's reserved for a Lafayette student (not at the time of the alleged offense) who is issued a citation for what is by definition a "minor offense."
bethlehempard

While this is a trivial matter of semantics, the term "home invasion" was used at least twice in reference to the Lehigh case. I kept a headline and two stories for a colleague and the term was there.
What really matters is that any young man intent on entering a home that is not their own, remember, this is Pennsylvania.
Close to half of the homes, more in some areas, are armed and ready, and there are quite a few people eager to blast away, unfortunately.
The deflection here is ridiculous. Imagine if you had a son or daughter who lived in the house that was entered.
Anyway, go to the Express website and look up "home invasion" and Lehigh and if you don't find an item or two, you win.
Andy

bethlehempard wrote:
While this is a trivial matter of semantics, the term "home invasion" was used at least twice in reference to the Lehigh case. I kept a headline and two stories for a colleague and the term was there.
What really matters is that any young man intent on entering a home that is not their own, remember, this is Pennsylvania.
Close to half of the homes, more in some areas, are armed and ready, and there are quite a few people eager to blast away, unfortunately.
The deflection here is ridiculous. Imagine if you had a son or daughter who lived in the house that was entered.
Anyway, go to the Express website and look up "home invasion" and Lehigh and if you don't find an item or two, you win.


Not looking for a winner, loser.  Show me a piece by Rhodin where the incident is called a HOME INVASION.  You teaming up with Rhodin in comparing the two incidents and the use of inflammatory language somehow doesn't surprise me.
bethlehempard

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/b...more_lehigh_football_players.html


http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/b...maining_lehigh_football_play.html

Neither by Tony Rhodin nor do I know if he covers that region. Nor do I care,
but if that means I was wrong: I was wrong. No excuses. The newspaper identified the Lehigh event as a home invasion, which is common sense. So was the Lafayette incident.

The Lafayette sports program is putrid. What any particular writer says about school incidents is not meaningful compared to that.

If either incident involved a home one of my children was living in, with a large drunken man barging in, I'd be demanding punishment.
Young men will do stupid things. How the school handles it is what matters.

*In short, I think the blame-the-media tactic is a losing strategy. For politicians and anybody else.
Andy

Wait it gets better!:

The Lafayette Feb 5 Kathryn Kelly doing some digging and reporting:


Associate Director of Public Safety Jeff Troxell believes Mercado may have walked through the house and left through the back door. It is unclear whether the door was locked or unlocked, he said. Troxell reported no damage to the property, though one occupant of the house, Larisa C ‘17 said that the locks on the door had to be changed.

According to Troxell, Lafayette College Public Safety responded to a call from the owner of the house “in less than a minute,” but by that time, the trespasser was already gone.////

So, no damage reported during the entry and possibly 15 second walkthrough, but locks have to be changed. Is it at least possible that SM entered with a key? Is it possible that in his allegedly drunken state he entered his prior residence? Is it possible that he entered via an unlocked door a college owned property he thought was that of a friend he was staying with?

With the above information reported by Ms. Kelly available to Rhodin for a full week, he chooses to label this trespass a "Home Invasion." A searchable article forever linking SM to a "Home Invasion." Without even doing some simple due diligence, checking with the authorities involved as a student reporter did. Good God, Tony.

https://www.lafayettestudentnews....respassing-and-two-other-charges/

Let's not forget that Rhodin links this drunken "simple trespass" to an incident with the following elements (my opinion based on newspaper reports):

A premeditated forced entry and assault seeking retribution by 6 individuals
A man pummelled while sleeping requiring a trip to the hospital. Concussion and facial injury
Walls punched in
Refrigerator urinated in
Several cheering on the main attacker
Felony charges filed against all 6, one already on probation for prior underage drinking
At least 2 refusing to talk to police.

Yeah, that equates pretty well with the "simple trespass" incident. Yikes, Tony.
bethlehempard

I looked again too. The newspaper cited the police report. As for the student involved, he'll get his day in court if he chooses. That end of the process, that's it not a criminal trial, was made clear.
If it all comes down to the term "home invasion," based on the police report, it's used correctly. That's my opinion, of course. If a non-resident entered my home at 3 a.m. With or without shouting, that's a home invasion.
There could be other reasons to replace locks but I'm not going to play detective.
*BTW I think this thread is getting a bit far out in right field to the good of nobody. I disagree with circling the wagons and blaming the media. Others don't see that as the case here. So it goes. I'm done.
Andy

Right, I've chosen to focus on how the incident was reported by the press.

Maybe spending 60 something years living and working in NYC and watching/reading crime dominated news pieces my definition of a "HOME INVASION" differs from someone who's lived in the Valley.  I have an understanding of, an image of, a HOME INVASION and an inebriated college kid stumbling into a college property, very possibly by accident, possibly thru an unlocked door, apparently with no malicious intent whatsoever and leaving within seconds, ain't it.  Now, the ugly incident in Bethlehem described above with 7 facing felony charges does come a little closer to my definition of a HOME INVASION, but curiously the reporter in question didn't choose to label that incident a HOME INVASION.  He saves it for an incident w/out arrest where a young man is mailed a citation.  Sensationalism by the reporter IMO to curry favor with his little band of Lafayette haters on the hill.

I'm looking forward to the truth coming out, and for that I'll be looking to Ms. Kelly at the school newspaper. If the young man intended to harm someone or to steal, I will look for stiff punishment.  If the police thought that were the case I imagine the incident would not have been handled with a citation being mailed.

I'm glad Steve was able to take the fall semester off, allowing him to partake in spring ball, coming off injury.  Of course, this being LC the punishment wont fit the "crime" and he'll be forced to miss it and games.  We'll be watching.
SIDELINER

Steve didn't take off the fall semester. He played in three games. He is off THIS semester, which then makes him eligible for his eighth semester next fall.
Andy

SIDELINER wrote:
Steve didn't take off the fall semester. He played in three games. He is off THIS semester, which then makes him eligible for his eighth semester next fall.


Thanks, sideliner.  I thought perhaps he had dropped out after early injury.  The following seemed to support my idea:

Troxell said that the charges were not filed until Jan. 22 for Mercado’s benefit, to “ensure that he got his citations properly,” ....

The citations were mailed to Mercado’s on campus mailbox for him to sign, but were returned to their sender, .....The clerk said that the citation papers are being sent to Mercado’s home address in Florida, where he said he was staying until roughly a week or two ago. The papers will also be re-sent to his mailbox at Lafayette, "

Why resend to his campus mailbox if he's not enrolled?  Whatever. I'm glad he's chosen to stick with us. I see Brockman is playing for Colorado School of Mines.
SIDELINER

The Mercado situation seems to be like a revolving door. He apparently has now decided NOT to drop out and accept the medical red-shirt that was available to him. Instead, he will finish and get his Lafayette degree on schedule in May.  If that is, indeed, true, then Nick Zataveski is the only one of six eligible players to accept a medical red-shirt. His return in the O-line in the fall should be a plus (if he can stay healthy, which hasn't been easy for him).
RichH

Lafayette requires possible rddshirts to take off a semester to qualify? If so why?
Kpard

RichH wrote:
Lafayette requires possible rddshirts to take off a semester to qualify? If so why?


No grad school.
RichH

Dont need a grad school to reddhirt in PL. Sole requirement is that student was unable to participate in his shis sport.  We had a rash of knee injuries this past year. 2 went home for a semester, 4 others did not.Both of our 5th years stayed in dchool attending class.  Guess it may cost us some additional money for the extra semester.
SIDELINER

RichH wrote:
Dont need a grad school to reddhirt in PL. Sole requirement is that student was unable to participate in his shis sport.  We had a rash of knee injuries this past year. 2 went home for a semester, 4 others did not.Both of our 5th years stayed in dchool attending class.  Guess it may cost us some additional money for the extra semester.


Lafayette gives aid for only eight semesters. A student-athlete using a medical redshirt must take off his final semester of his senior year, often doing an internship of some kind. He is not permitted to participate in spring practices. If Lehigh is paying an extra semester, isn't that akin to the kind of red-shirting the CAA and others do (unless he is in grad school, perhaps)?
RichH

No SIDELINER.  CAA et al have unrestricted redshirting .  In PL we dont. A 5th year undergrad in PL needs a qualifying medical reason and additional credits to finish their degree requirements.
Franks Tanks

Let's stop with the grad school excuse.

Holy Cross has no grad school.  Bucknell and Colgate (especially Colgate) have limited grad school programs. Gathering a few post grad credits would be a nice bonus for a 9th semester, but I don't think that is the primary motivating factor one way or the other when a young man makes his decision.  I understand it is a little weird, and a bit of a hardship to leave school for a semester, but I understand Holy Cross does the same thing.

Most kids want to graduate with their class.  99% or our kids are not getting a reasonable shot at the NFL.  If they want to move on with life despite having one additional year of eligibility I understand.
RichH

To echo FT, over the last 10 yrs or so most players eligible for a 5th dont take it.preferring to graduate on time.
SIDELINER

RichH wrote:
To echo FT, over the last 10 yrs or so most players eligible for a 5th dont take it.preferring to graduate on time.


So, are we saying that, if a Lehigh student-athlete has a legitimate medical reason and has only one course remaining to get his degree, the university would give him a ninth semester of aid for that ONE CLASS? If that's true, a kid could get hurt in his first, second or third game as a freshman and get the fifth year of eligibility even if he had only ONE undergrad class to complete? I'm confused, I think.
RichH

Dont think so. To participate in intercollegiate sports you must be a full time student..  I think you need to be taking at least 9 or 12 credits. Dont recall which and not that motivated to look it up Smile
NewXbo

All charges dropped. He will graduate next month.
Andy

NewXbo wrote:
All charges dropped. He will graduate next month.


Recall the disgraceful "home invasion" articles from Rhodin. Now he's nowhere in sight.

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/e...pped_for_drunken_la.html#comments

Good luck to Mercado. Unfortunately he struggled with injuries and we didn't get to watch him as much as we'd have liked. Wish he were taking his redshirt.  Congrats to Steve for taking on our challenging curriculum and making league honor roll.

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