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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Bobby Gonzalez is all smiles

By Eamonn Brennan

The story behind former Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez's recent arrest for shoplifting is inherently funny. The circumstances -- Gonzalez allegedly stealing a $1,400 Ralph Lauren tote bag before handing it over to a bar hostess at a New Jersey shopping mall -- are packed with whimsy.

It's never fun to laugh at someone else's misfortune. But when that person is Gonzo, whose post-Seton Hall months have been a whirlwind public relations campaign seemingly designed to do the exact opposite of what most public relations campaigns are supposed to do (i.e., make people dislike you less, not more) it's hard to hold back the man-purse-induced chuckles. Sorry, but it's true.

Fortunately, we don't have to feel guilty. Because Bobby Gonzalez seems to be enjoying himself, too.

That's the lesson in today's runaway photo of the day winner, this New Jersey Star-Ledger photo of Gonzalez at his arraignment for the shoplifting charge. Gonzalez pled not guilty to the charge, but not before trying to elicit a laugh or two from a nearby sheriff's officer. I'm sure that went well.

The photo is just weird enough to be a perfect encapsulation of Gonzalez's summer: Look at it, and you won't know whether to laugh or cry.