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Nebraska's Purify Finds Trouble Again, Cited for DWI

Jun 8, 2007 – 1:55 PM
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Jeff Adams

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Nebraska senior wide receiver Maurice Purify was cited for DWI after being stopped by the Nebraska State Patrol at 12:25 a.m. Friday morning. This marks Purify's second run-in with the law this off-season. In May Purify was arrested on suspicion of two counts of assault and one count of resisting arrest after a disturbance at a downtown Lincoln bar. He had been offered pre-trial diversion for the earlier incident. His latest citation could certainly affect his current legal situation.
"It'll be something that needs to be put into consideration," [Purify's attorney, Jon] Braaten said.
Purify looked to have gotten a break with the diversion program after his first offense. The lack of a trial might have reduced the incident's impact on his standing with the team. He could have considered himself lucky and chosen to be on his best behavior. Unfortunately the link between college and cogent life choices is often spurious at best.
Reached late Friday morning, the 21-year-old Purify said he hadn't spoken with Nebraska coach Bill Callahan about his latest arrest. Asked if he expects to remain a member of the team, Purify said, "I hope so." He declined further comment.
This is why the off-season can be such a nightmare for coaches. Purify's offenses only add to the latest list of off-field troubles, which also includes the DWI arrest of fellow Big 12 player Henry Melton of Texas.
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