As more details continue to emerge on the latest Stephen Garcia saga there appears to be more and more evidence that Garcia may have been at least somewhat provoked at the SEC event last week.
From what we were told a portion of the event was on branding and how players should present themselves to the public. Allegedly one of the moderators, or someone affiliated with the event, used Garcia as an example of how not to brand yourself. Garcia apparently took exception to this leading to the loud confrontation that ultimately led to him being asked to leave the event.
So, what does all this mean? It certainly does not excuse Garcia for his behavior and the fact he admitted he was drinking before the event doesn’t help his case. It also didn’t help that Garcia was just coming off a suspension and fair or unfair your past always follows you.
According to a source close to Garcia, the fifth year senior quarterback has been walking around with a chip on his shoulder for a while. He’s resented the fact that his past is always brought up and feels like he often gets singled out as the bad apple. For example, he wasn’t the only one in that hotel room in Atlanta. Also, the public criticism Steve Spurrier and the pressure of being the quarterback at a major football school were also eating at him.
The same source said as a way to cope with these stresses Garcia turned to alcohol as a release. It is no coincidence that alcohol has been a factor four of his five suspensions. We noted on this
Again, this by no means excuses Garcia for any of his transgressions, including this most recent one. He is not a kid anymore. He’s a 23 year-old. He has a four year old kid. Garcia’s self destructive behavior has created these problems.
However, there are two sides to every story and there are signs Garcia wasn’t the only one that acted inappropriately at this event. Garcia, to his credit is seeking help for the problems that have plagued throughout his career. He’s also been suspended. If in fact there was someone from the SEC or an administrator at this event that provoked Garcia, he too should face some discipline.