NORMAN — Josh Jarboe won't be getting a third chance at the University of Oklahoma. Sooner coach Bob Stoops dismissed the freshman wide receiver from the team Friday after a video of Jarboe's obscenity-laced rap about shooting people made its way around the Internet. "We are disappointed in this outcome, but our complete review and this final decision is in the best interest of our program,” Stoops said in a statement. Jarboe had also been arrested in the spring for bringing a stolen gun to his Georgia high school campus. He pleaded guilty on two felony gun counts that a judge reduced to misdemeanors under Georgia's First Offender's Act, allowing Jarboe to initially keep his scholarship under OU policy. Stoops indicated to The Oklahoman on Thursday that he didn't plan to remove Jarboe from the squad because of the video. But by Friday, the head football coach had decided otherwise. "We outlined for Josh the expectations we had for him when he arrived and, unfortunately, those expectations have not been met,” Stoops said. "Josh needs to learn from this experience. We hope he can move forward in a positive manner.”
What's in the video?In the video, Jarboe makes several references to carrying guns and killing people with them. Among the lyrics in his freestyle rap: "Shoot you in the head and you might be dead with a halo. So hold on, don't beg for your life. And hold on, don't ask please.” "Best believe I'm from Atlanta, from Atlanta, where they tote guns and tote AKs and AKs.” "I'll shoot you're a— up like a damn pool table.” The video was first posted on the Web site YouTube on July 23 under the username "habe35.” Jarboe's rap and a highlight video of Sooner freshman center Ben Habern were the only two videos posted under "habe35” before the Jarboe video was taken down Tuesday and the YouTube account later closed. Habern briefly pokes his head in the background of the video, which was filmed inside the Bud Wilkinson House, an all-male dormitory comprised largely of athletes. Though it was posted more than a week ago, the video only began to gain attention Monday as it circulated through the Internet. By the time it had been removed from YouTube, the video had been copied onto several other Web sites.
What led Jarboe here?Jarboe was rated as one of the top recruits in OU's 2008 signing class after totaling more than 1,200 receiving yards during his senior year at Cedar Grove High School. After also considering Florida, Georgia and LSU, Jarboe committed to the Sooners in January on national television during halftime of ESPN's Under Armour All-American game. But in March, his status with OU was jeopardized when he and James Davis were arrested at Cedar Grove and charged with possessing a stolen gun and carrying a gun onto school property, both felonies. According to police, Jarboe was caught walking to the back of Davis' car, pulling out a loaded .380 caliber pistol and tucking it into the waistband of his pants. Jarboe was expelled from school, though he was able to earn his diploma by finishing his high school work online. Charges against Davis were later dropped, while Jarboe pled guilty on both counts in May.
‘Lot of growing up to do'A spokeswoman from the DeKalb County district attorney's office, however, said several administrators from Cedar Grove attended the hearing on Jarboe's behalf, which had an impact on the judge reducing the sentencing to two years of probation. That included one of Jarboe's biggest advocates throughout the ordeal, his high school football coach Ray Bonner. "He's got a lot of growing up to do,” Bonner said Friday. "When you get a second chance in this life, you have to take advantage of it. It's not hard.” Bonner understood OU's decision, but expressed frustration with Jarboe being singled out in the rap culture. "My players rap,” Bonner said. "It's a cultural thing.” Bonner pointed to rap artist and Atlanta native Ludacris, whose new song "Politics as Usual” made headlines this week because of disparaging lyrics against political leaders. "Ludacris can say whatever he wants to say, he doesn't care and he's a man,” Bonner said. "To Josh, he (thinks he) didn't do anything (wrong) because he wants to be a rapper. Bonner said Jarboe has been in Atlanta since late last week and was preparing to return to Norman this weekend for OU's first practice on Monday. "When he came in my office to talk about it, he dropped his head,” Bonner said. "He feels like he's let his family down, his friends down, the Oklahoma coaches down, but he ain't letting me down. To be human is to err. "We just need to close this chapter and move on.”