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Bryce Miller: Patience with Peter Jok wearing dangerously thin

[ 0 ] July 15, 2014 |
Peter Jok's second arrest this basketball offseason is putting the former West Des Moines Valley star and Iowa sophomore to be on considerably shaky ground, writes sports columnist Bryce Miller. (HawkCentral)

Peter Jok’s second arrest this basketball offseason is putting the former West Des Moines Valley star and Iowa sophomore to be on considerably shaky ground, writes sports columnist Bryce Miller. (HawkCentral)

Peter Jok: First of all … stay … off … the … moped.

Second of all: You’re treading dangerously close to that old baseball phrase, “Three strikes, you’re out.”

No matter how good you are as a basketball player, no matter how many 3-pointers you can drain, no matter how many minutes Iowa hopes you’ll play, there’s a limit.

Your arrest and charge for OWI while driving your moped in April is one thing. Getting busted for driving while your license is revoked – two and a half months later – is another.

Your athletic director (Gary Barta) said in a news release that “I’m very disappointed to learn about this, especially in light of the fact that Peter had a previous incident earlier this summer.”

Trust us, that’s a message sprinkled with very little subtlety, cemented by Fran McCaffery’s decision to indefinitely suspend you later in the day.

“We support Peter, but we’re not happy with his recent pattern of behavior,” McCaffery said in a statement released by the school Tuesday afternoon.

A college student making a mistake is understandable. It happens all the time. It’s happened to almost all of us who’ve tried to navigate the decision-making road as adults away from home for the first time.

The true test, though, is whether a lesson is learned and it sticks.

The police report, stunningly, tells the same story: Missing safety flag. Again. Improper lights. Again. Arrested. Again.

A trip back to the police station so quickly sends a signal. And it’s not the kind of signal an athlete wants to send to a coach or athletic director.

This should go without saying, but perhaps not in this case: Patience is wearing thin.

That’s two strikes …

Bryce Miller can be reached at 515-284-8288 or brmiller@dmreg.com. Follow him on Twitter: @Bryce_A_Miller

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