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Cam and Hootie: The recent news of charges being dropped against Alabama football players Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones might not have surprised some, but the wacko reason given by the district attorney had to floor all of us.

DA Jerry Jones (not the Cowboys owner) stated, "I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and their teenage years, working and sweating, while we were all home under the air conditioning."

The original charges included possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a controlled substance.

For those who think these guys got a break because they're football players, I'm among you. This fella did say they were "sweating" while we were in the "air conditioning."

Just because you don't play college football doesn't mean you didn't come up the hard way, "working and sweating." For the record, I didn't have air conditioning coming up, just a fan.

Even though some have tougher upbringings, it shouldn't give the DA the prerogative to dismiss their cases? Because you came up through the school of hard knocks, you still ought not break the law (even if you did perspire a lot).

If Mr. Jones had prosecuted the two Bama boys and they had been found guilty, I doubt it would have "ruined" their lives. My guess is they would've had the opportity to get back in the good graces at Alabama.

Now that the duo are cleared legally, they are not exactly exonerated on the UA campus.

Charges or no charges, there was still wrongdoing that Nick Saban is well aware of. How he handles their punishment is proabably already in the works. Will there be game suspensions? That's up to him.

"Discipline is not necessarily punishment," said Saban.

The damage has been done especially when you look at Robinson. He won't be able to shake this completely. It will come up again and again when he's reviewed by NFL teams.

A surefire early first-rounder, Robinson's stock might have already dropped (*see Laremy Tunsil). NFL players are multi-million dollar gambles.

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