It's official — women's sports are going the way of men's sports. Not that it's a good thing. News broke this week that Oklahoma point guard Jenna Plumley had been arrested for trying to take make-up from a Wal-Mart in Norman. According to the arrest report, she is accused of putting a compact, eyeliner and two eye shadows in her purse after removing their bar codes, then trying to leave the store without paying for them.
Their total value: $34.65. Thursday, Sooner coach Sherri Coale slapped Plumley with an indefinite suspension, saying that she won't play next season. With such severe punishment, I have to believe there was much more to Plumley's problems than shoplifted make-up. This was the thing, though, that pushed Coale over the edge. And here I thought male athletes were the only ones silly enough to pull something like this. The truth is, the guys don't have a monopoly on knuckle-headed behavior, but for decades, we haven't been as attuned to the gals who screwed up. As women's sports become more and more popular, we're bound to hear about even more flub ups by female athletes. Heck, the story about Plumley's arrest was the most read story on our Web site earlier this week. Welcome to the big time, women's sports. You've made it here whether you like it or not.