Jeff Dantzler's arrests may be the best thing that ever happened to him

THis has next to nothing to do with Oconee County with the possible exception of the location of his former office, but a former colleague of mine on the radio got popped today for four counts. Any one who has listened to 960 the Ref AM sports talk radio or heard the UGA Lady Dawgs or men's baseball team has surely heard the encyclopedic knowledge of one Jeff Dantzler. Jeff and I are pretty much diametrically opposed poltically, but today he was arrested on four counts including DUI. I hope he gets the help he needs following his incarceration. I work for a lawyer who could help him out if he does not having someone already representing him. This man is a great broadcaster and I hope this arrest serves as a wake-up call for him and his rock and roll lifestyle. I live a far from perfect life myself but long ago and far away I learned how and when not to drink. Now we will be without he dulcet tones on Lady Bulldog broadcasts as well as on Georgia baseball games and also on the afternoon sports talk show on Cox Broadcasting's afternoon talk radio show 4-6 pm. Jeff was many people's pick to ultimately replace Larry Munson and he certainly had the pipes and knowledge. I see the damage daily of DUIs and it is not a nice or easy road to hoe. Perhaps Jeff can use this sad incident as a catalyst to get his life together. I would have thought his 2003 incident where he asked three Georgia coeds the color of their underwear and subsequent termination would have woken him up. The rare times he mentioned that previous incident were only rarely tempered with remorse and often times were instead angry diatribes against the previous administration at the Southern Broadcasting ownership. Cox Broadcasting can make up their own mind about the future of Jeff on their airwaves, but I hope this 36 year old broadcaster decides instead to save his liver and his life instead of drinking away all that talent. I hope the best for him and his family and offer nothing but support in his recovery. There are plenty of meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous he should attend to start that road to recovery, many in the building I work in every day at noon. I hope he gets visited by Vince Dooley or Mark Richt or whomever can convince him to straighten out his life. The Bulldog nation will miss him; we miss Munson, but we will get along fine without them. Whether Jeff decides to improve his situation is entirely up to him and I strongly encourage him to do so.

Comments

scott said…
You are so right about how he needs to get sober and straighten up and grow up. I like Jeff, but I do not believe he should be the heir apparent to Larry. There are many reasons, but first and foremost Jeff is a loose cannon. Now, his drinking issues may be to blame for all of that, but they exist nevertheless. He is not professional. And that is really sad because he is very knowledgeable. I have heard him spout off about how knowledgeable he was, and this was to a live audience after a UGA men's basketball victory against Florida several years ago. He went on and on about how he could speak about any subject. The last thing Munson's successor needs to do is brandish his arrogance. Larry was a lot of things, but he never tooted his own horn. Maybe Jeff will learn some much-needed humility during his time off the air. It will serve him well on his road to recovery.
Anonymous said…
Dantzler is the reason I do not listen to 960 any more on my way home from work. He is certainly arrogant, and sometimes forgets that the show is about sports news and not himself.

If he has a problem, I hope he gets help, but I do not think that has much to do with his on-air personality.
Mike said…
Let me hurry to the defense of Jeff Dantzler. Although I do not agree with drinking and driving, the other posts of arrogance and being a loose cannon could not be further from the truth. I have spent several years working essentially along side him, and I have to think you are basing your opinions on a isolated incident. Jeff is very approachable, and I have never felt talked down to. And, as far replacing Larry Munson...those comparisons were never made by Jeff. He'd be the first to tell you that Larry has no equal, and he is honored to simply know him.

Jeff made a mistake. I don't think that this mistake should erase the brilliance he spits over the radio waves. Jeff is a professional, and I am sure he will resurface better than ever. We are all here for your, Jeff, and we can't wait to listen once again.
Rob said…
Dantzler is still going, baby! Haters gonna hate! Best UGA baseball announcer of all-time. If you can find a better call than that Jeff Keppinger NCAA Tourney 3 run jack I beg you to show me.

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