In a three-page report, Damon Evans is rendered ridiculous

Damon Evans meets the press. Note red backdrop. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

Damon Evans meets the press. Note the red backdrop. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

At 11:54 on the final night of June 2010, the head of Georgia’s athletics department was described by a police officer as having “watery” and “bloodshot” eyes. His speech patterns were “slow” and “mumbled.” His behavior was characterized as “crying” and “talkative.”

Then this, from Officer M. Cabe: “I also noticed that the subject had a red pair of lady’s panties between his legs.”

Later in the police report: “I asked the subject what the panties were doing in his side of the seat and he said, ‘She took them off and I held them because I was just trying to get her home.’ ”

And there you have it, the reason Damon Evans cannot be allowed to remain in place: Because every future mention he might make of red, as in Red & Black, will evoke the memory of June 30, 2010, and the image of red underwear belonging to a woman who was not his wife. Because a program as proud as Georgia cannot allow itself to become an ongoing cheap joke.

The police report – which, it must be stipulated, represents only the officer’s view of events — is a sad and unseemly document. Near its end we read this: “The subject began crying uncontrollably before I took him into the jail.”

And surely that was because Evans, even in an allegedly diminished capacity, knew what he’d just forfeited: His dream job at his alma mater; his position as a leader not just in Athens, Ga., but in the community of intercollegiate athletics; a salary due to rise — only six minutes from the time he was stopped at Roswell Road and Chastain Drive — to $550,000 per fiscal year.

Napoleon, who met his own Waterloo, once said that “power is never ridiculous,” but ridiculous is how the powerful Damon Evans is made to appear. “I don’t want to use who I am,” he’s quoted as saying, and also that he didn’t “want to use my influence.” And also: “I am not trying to bribe you, but is there anything you can do without arresting me?’ ”

And the man who taped a public service announcement imploring Sanford Stadium customers not to drink and drive had this rather different message for his arresting officer: “We go through life and we all drink and jump in a car.”

The woman in question, Courtney Fuhrmann, tells Officer Cabe she and Evans have been seeing one another “only a week or so,” but apparently she knew full well who he is. “Just to let you know,” she’s quoted as saying, “[the charge] will be erased because he’s the athletic director at UGA and he has that power.”

Whatever power Evans wielded is about to go away. Because president Michael Adams cannot read these three damning pages and see anything but red. Red, as in a woman’s unworn undergarment. Red, as in the color of ongoing embarrassment.

On Thursday night Evans referred to the Red & Black as “our storied program.” Sad to say, his part of the story reads like a bad pulp novel.  His part of the story needs to conclude.

1,212 comments Add your comment

David

July 2nd, 2010
6:15 pm

First?

This is just sad. Even we Tech fans are cringing. I’m actually embarrassed for UGA.

Mr Charlie

July 2nd, 2010
6:18 pm

He’s toast.

Mr Charlie

July 2nd, 2010
6:19 pm

Can you imagine the abuse he would take if he tried to attend a UF game? You can already bet that the Gainsville Walmart will have a run on red panties come late October.

Not Don Waddell

July 2nd, 2010
6:21 pm

UGA Alum…will NEVER, NEVER, NEVER give another dime to my alma mater unless Evans is removed IMMEDIATELY. This is pathetic and disgusting, and is not the behavior of one for whom this is the first time acting in such a disgraceful and pathetic manner.

CMill

July 2nd, 2010
6:23 pm

Not to defend AD Evans, he royally screwed up and should be fired, but was it really necessary to include the details of panties in the driver’s seat and to question Furhmann about how long they’ve been dating?

Talk about abuse of power, by Evans and the cop.

Mr Charlie

July 2nd, 2010
6:23 pm

Don, exactly, he seemed like he had talked his way of a situation like this before.

Mr Charlie

July 2nd, 2010
6:25 pm

CMill, it is a fair question by the cop. He is investigating a drunk driver, and when he was a pair of red panties sitting on his lap, a question was in order. In addition, asking what their relationship was, and how long they had been dating was relevant when the woman injected herself into the conversation.

Paul in RDU

July 2nd, 2010
6:25 pm

Sad, sad, sad

Me

July 2nd, 2010
6:25 pm

Uglyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!! Real ugly!!!!!!!!!!!!! This one is going to hurt, big time…..

jp

July 2nd, 2010
6:25 pm

stupid is as stupid does. cmr is the reason that uga has a profitable program not d evans. let him go “improve our brand ” some where elese .

wiley

July 2nd, 2010
6:26 pm

CMiLL…the cop is instructed to get as much evidence as possible. Its called the 5th amendment and Evans should have used it more effectively. He answered the questions….which is a choice not an abuse of power.

Bob Horners steely gaze

July 2nd, 2010
6:26 pm

Dude is so fired.

Mr Charlie

July 2nd, 2010
6:27 pm

How is CMR to dicipline a Football player for an alcohol related offense if he keeps his job?

Mr Charlie

July 2nd, 2010
6:29 pm

He needs Ben Stein.

jaxdawg

July 2nd, 2010
6:29 pm

Have to include all the details in the report.

And are you telling me a guy making over half a million dollars a year cant afford a cab from the bar? Hell or a driver for that matter. What an idiot.

Lumpkin Street Larry

July 2nd, 2010
6:30 pm

Yeah, he’s sorry: sorry he got caught. I could “forgive” most guys a DUI. But that other stuff? Shows how much he really values “commitment.”

asheville dawg

July 2nd, 2010
6:30 pm

For the good of the program, Mr. Evans needs to tender his resignation immediately. Or we can just expect to see the red panties flying at all UGA games.

Major Kong

July 2nd, 2010
6:31 pm

At least they were “red panties”….can imagine the howling if they’d been yellow or orange….yikes!!!!!
YeeHaw!!!!

CMill

July 2nd, 2010
6:31 pm

Indeed, Evans should have refused to answer the question about the panties… Asking about the relationship while booking her into jail and including it in the police report is unnecessary.

Maybe I’m just young and naive but I can’t help but feel sorry for the guy… however, he did bring it upon himself.

Paul ( You doesn't have to call me Johnson)

July 2nd, 2010
6:32 pm

Tell it like you felt it and not like you smelt it!

chris

July 2nd, 2010
6:32 pm

everyone should know by now its bad luck to drive drunk if you’re from UGA. you are destined to get caught

JeJe

July 2nd, 2010
6:33 pm

Bruce Mac

July 2nd, 2010
6:33 pm

Damon sir, you are not the first to think with your other head but you are in the wrong job to be doing such things. You sir, are an embarrassment to the University and you need to go ahead and start packing now. You are so done.

Will

July 2nd, 2010
6:34 pm

Hate it for the man, but I believe you have this one pegged. I don’t see how he can stay on at UGA.

Paddy O

July 2nd, 2010
6:34 pm

I told you folks this would get interesting as soon as a few public information requests were made. Where are all you folks supporting this loser now? Sabrina? lgoody? Cheating on his wife for a week or so. How much of a habit was this? This loser knew what was in the police report – he should have resigned immediately.

Mr Charlie

July 2nd, 2010
6:34 pm

It does not say the cop asked how long they had been dating, he says the girl told them they have been dating a week. It did not say he asked.

A.J.

July 2nd, 2010
6:35 pm

And he’s done. Looks like we’ll be having a new Uga and a new AD this football season.

Sandyspringsjacket

July 2nd, 2010
6:35 pm

At least she was wearing DUIDawg Red, well maybe not actually wearing red

Mark Bradley

July 2nd, 2010
6:35 pm

I beg to disagree, Mr Charlie. The officer asks the question.

Mr Charlie

July 2nd, 2010
6:36 pm

I bet they have been dating longer than a week.

Paddy O

July 2nd, 2010
6:36 pm

CMill – you are so naive you might actually be a danger to yourself. Do not feel sorry for the foolish, unless the circumstances were beyond his control. this is only the FIRST TIME THIS LOSER HAS BEEN CAUGHT!!!

Delbert D.

July 2nd, 2010
6:36 pm

This is going to be embarrassing for a long time, to anyone from the state of Georgia who travels or even talks to anyone out of state.

CMill

July 2nd, 2010
6:37 pm

Charlie-

It says “I asked Ms. Furhmann how long they had been seeing each other, and she stated ‘only a week or so’”

He definitely asked

Dumbo

July 2nd, 2010
6:37 pm

Sting ‘Em….go hang out at your favorite bar right off campus….what’s the name ..of yeah “Swingin’ Richards”!!!

Timbo

July 2nd, 2010
6:37 pm

How embarrassing. He didn’t even go down with any dignity. How embarrassing. I feel bad for him. I’ve done worse so I’m not going to throw stones, but I had to pay the consequences. I expect that he will as well. At least he didn’t kill anybody.

Mr Charlie

July 2nd, 2010
6:37 pm

Mark, is does not say that in you story, it just said she tells him. I got the feeling she was running off at the mouth the entire time. But regardless, if she gets in the conversation, she is fair game.

OBX Dawg

July 2nd, 2010
6:37 pm

He’s done. Let’s start talking about his replacement. He needs to have AD experience, ties to UGA and a famous last name. Dooley anyone? As in Derek.

"Chef" Tim Dix

July 2nd, 2010
6:38 pm

I keep red panties of female passengers other than my wife as handy as a roadmap and a flashlight. Doesn’t everyone?

Damon=done.

country boy

July 2nd, 2010
6:38 pm

Hello Marky boy. I admire your guts to post this read. Some will hate on you forever.

CMill

July 2nd, 2010
6:39 pm

I agree with the gist of Mark’s post though, UGA has no choice but to fire him now- and it should be done soon

Mr Charlie

July 2nd, 2010
6:39 pm

Mill, where do you get that quote?

TampaGator

July 2nd, 2010
6:39 pm

The only thing for Adams to do at this point is to get the school’s lawyers to finalize the “termination language” to add to his contractional agreement(associated with the character clause portion of his contract). Having character is everything…and Evans doesn’t have it, obviously, from the police report. But I am sure all this will still end up in civil court somehow as a unjustifiable firing.

CMill

July 2nd, 2010
6:39 pm

bottom of the last page in the police report, link to the report on ajc front page.

"Chef" Tim Dix

July 2nd, 2010
6:41 pm

Mark will now be known as the guy that got Ray Goff AND Damon Evans fired!!!

LOL

Dawgs2010

July 2nd, 2010
6:41 pm

“Evans had a pair of red panties in between his legs.”

What else can you say?

His poor wife and kids.

What a low-life!

Mr Charlie

July 2nd, 2010
6:41 pm

Oh, I was just looking at the article, I did not see the police report. But regardless, the police officer has every right to ask questions, they have the right to refuse to answer it

TampaGator

July 2nd, 2010
6:41 pm

Mark…why would an officer of the law ask that kind (how long have you been dating) of question? How does that question apply to the situation? Makes me kind of think the officer was trying to make Evans lie or look bad….but Evans obviously didn’t need much help with that aspect, did he?

Paddy O

July 2nd, 2010
6:42 pm

I have a slight urge to feel sorry for him – but this was just so utterly contemptous and pathetic, it makes you wonder how long he’s been doing this. It is a bit surprising the Adams does not simply call him, say “I’ve read the media reports – any accuracy? Yeah? You need to give me your resignation before the July 4 BBQ, OK?”

Art

July 2nd, 2010
6:43 pm

I hear Tiger Woods is looking for someone to carry his ball bag.

The Grinch

July 2nd, 2010
6:43 pm

I was in favor of letting him slide on the DUI, but now that the rest of the stuff is out it’s just too embarrassing to the program to keep him.

That said, can you imagine what a monumental d-bag that cop had to be to include the panties in that police report knowing what it would do to this guy’s marriage? The DUI was already there and counting towards his quota; any reasonably cool cop would have chuckled, handed the panties back to the woman and said something like “Ma’am, you might want to take these with you” or something to that effect. The fact that he was such an @$$ about it makes me wonder if he doesn’t care much for interracial couples. You can’t possibly come up with a situation where he’s getting a DUI and she’s getting disorderly conduct for running her mouth and the panties needed to be mentioned at all, unless she actually wadded them up and threw them at the cop.