We’re not saying you should, but if you decided to write off the U.S. striker completely after this most recent episode, well, no one could hold it against you.
That episode, in case you hadn’t heard, came to light this past Friday, almost one year to the day after Charlie Davies was nearly killed in an awful late-night car wreck, and it involved—ready?—Davies being pulled over for going 125 mph on a French highway.
If that wasn’t eyebrow raising enough, the story took a weird turn on Saturday: That was when Davies told the Associated Press that teammate Jacques Faty was in fact behind the wheel and that they’d switched places (the car had tinted windows, allowing a switch before the officer got to the driver’s side window, presumably) because Faty was worried about going to jail for driving with a suspended license.
Faty then backed up this revised version of events.
That’s their story and they’re sticking to it.
But let’s take a closer look at their comments in the AP article:
Davies said he was lying down in the passenger seat of the Audi Q7 as they drove.
“Everything seemed fine. I knew he was driving a little fast but didn’t know he was driving as fast as he was,” Davies said. “Then I saw a blue flash from a police car.”
Wait, Charlie, you were lying down in the passenger seat? That thing reclines British Airways–style? We did not know that.
We also did not know that the Audi Q7 is smoothest-running car ever made. Because you were in the front seat while it was doing 125 and “everything seemed fine.” You had no idea “he was driving as fast as he was.” You, who came within inches of your life less than a year ago in fast-moving vehicle!
Audi has clearly attained the pinnacle of German engineering.
Let’s move on to Faty:
Faty said he “was in a panic and afraid” as they pulled over to wait for the police van to reach them on a highway in France’s Jura region.
“I asked Charlie to take my place,” Faty said. “Charlie is an American, in France. I thought it would be easier.
We never studied law, and we’re not completely up to date on French immigration policies, but the line “Charlie is an American, in France. I thought it would be easier” does not have the ring of truth, or logic, to us.
We could be wrong, but “Charlie is an American, in France. I thought it would be much, much more complicated” seems to make more sense.
And if you add Charlie’s baggage, you get: “Charlie is an American, in France, who is a well-known footballer famous for almost being killed in a high-speed car wreck just last year. Can you imagine what a nightmare it would be if he were arrested for driving at 125 miles per hour?”
So … Did these guys switch places, or just switch their story?
Considering everything Davies has been through, would Faty even think of asking him to switch places and take the rap for a 125-mph speeding violation? And would Faty really drive that fast with a recent car-crash survivor in the passenger seat next to him?
Then there’s this: Yesterday it was reported that Davies had been fined $1,040 and had his license suspended in the wake of the incident—and police said that neither man had “officially contradicted the original version of events [Davies driving] to police.”
Clearly, Davies is still struggling with his recovery—both on the field and off it.