Joey Fitzpatrick actually placed second and third at state meets. He’s well known in Florida as a distance runner seeing as he was also a top middle school runner. Point blank doesn’t matter If the charges got dropped so could the ones against cooper. Issue is he was arrested for a violent crime against a female (this was his second arrest) a month earlier he was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident) and it was never reported. Yet Tyrese coopers was. I think she has a point here.
Fitzpatrick's alleged offense was definitely the worse crime of the two, but it was not newsworthy from a T&F perspective. Fitzpatrick had already gone MIA a couple times during his career due to injury and other things, so him not showing up at meets in February wasn't a big deal. And plus, it was February.
Cooper, on the other hand, had just come back from injury, and was all set to defend his 200/400 titles for the second time in the State Meet that starts tomorrow. What were we going to do, not wonder what the hell happened in the week between Regionals and State? People were already talking about it before it even hit the press.