Video shows Cliff Harris getting pulled over

August, 16, 2011
8/16/11
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This will be embarrassing to Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris and quarterback Darron Thomas. And to the Ducks and coach Chip Kelly.

It's details of the dashboard camera footage from an Oregon State Police patrol car, acquired by KATU News in Eugene, during the June 12, 4:30 a.m. traffic stop of Harris for driving 118 mph.

The first revelation is Thomas was Harris' passenger. It seems Thomas has bad luck being a passenger with teammates, see previous incidents with safety Eddie Pleasant and former QB Jeremiah Masoli.

The second revelation is this exchange:
Patrolman: “Who’s got the marijuana in the car?”
Harris: "We smoked it all."

Cliff, not the best choice of response.

At this point, it's worth emphasizing that on the video Harris takes and passes a the field sobriety test. He wasn't charged with an alcohol or drug-related offense.

Harris is, however, under indefinite suspension -- he will miss at least the opener against LSU -- while Thomas hasn't been -- and won't be, according to Kelly -- penalized for being in the car.

Harris was was driving a rented 2011 Nissan Altima with a suspended license. He has since paid fines for the driving violation. The car had been rented by an Oregon employee.

During the traffic stop, Harris said the car belonged to his "girlfriend."

Oregon has made no statement on potential NCAA violations, other than announcing an indefinite suspension of Harris and that it was conducting its own investigation to see if rules were broken. The woman in question previously told The Oregonian that Harris and a friend paid her in full for the rental.

More details from The Oregonian.

Of course, this is mostly water under the bridge. Kelly told reporters after practice Tuesday that he knew about the marijuana suspicion and that he wasn't going to punish Thomas "for being a passenger" (per Tweet from Chris Courtney of EDuck).

Still, seeing the video won't make anyone associated with the program proud.

The state trooper asks Harris, Thomas and his other passengers: “How do you think [Kelly would] like it if I called and told him you guys are doing 118 miles an hour down the freeway -- the star football players on the team?”

The reply from an unidentified voice, “No sir, he wouldn’t appreciate it.”

That's the truth.

Ted Miller | email

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