Per many sites, here’s the story on Ropati:
Warrant issued for Coug
A warrant was issued for the arrest of Washington State University defensive tackle Ropati Pitoitua after he missed a Whitman County court appearance on Monday, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reported.
The report said Pitoitua, a graduate of Clover Park High School, was arrested early Saturday on a drunken driving charge and was released hours later after signing a form pledging to appear in court, according to Pullman Police Sgt. Dan Dornes. The county prosecutor’s office said he failed a field sobriety test and was pulled over for driving without headlights.
Here’s the kicker:
WSU coach Bill Doba spoke to Pitoitua, 20, late Monday and said the 20-year-old is in Hawaii visiting family until May 18. He said Pitoitua would cooperate fully when he returned.
Let’s hope this is all straightened out and all will be well. Hopefully we don’t have another Jerramy Stevens on our hands? Hate to compare the two, as Stevens has a long history of arrests, even beating up a kid in high school with a baseball bat, but still, I’ve read that this isn’t the first time Ropati has been in trouble. He’s such a huge key to the 2005 season, let’s hope this is dealt with and over!