More details have emerged about George Huguely, the University of Virginia lacrosse player accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love, who also played UVA lacrosse. Apparently the pair had broken up in recent weeks and on Sunday evening, police say Huguely entered Love’s apartment through an unlocked front door and then kicked down her locked bedroom door. Huguely admitted to police that the pair had an argument and he shook Love and slammed her head against the wall. He allegedly grabbed Love’s computer and retreated to his place, leaving his ex-girlfriend with a bruised face and a swollen eye, where she died lying face down on her bed in a pool of blood on her pillow.
Not surprisingly, police are investigating reports that Huguely had been drinking on Sunday when he allegedly killed Love. But I so very much hope that Love’s murder does not get chalked up to “a hard-partying lacrosse lunkhead drank too much and killed his girlfriend.” On the contrary, Huguely’s behavior was textbook: it is a fact acknowledged by advocates for domestic violence victims that a woman is most at risk when she tries to leave an abusive relationship. And, lo and behold, George Huguely had a history of violent behavior and disrespect for women: In November 2008, a female officer picked up Huguely, who was drunkenly stumbling into traffic. Huguely told Officer R.L. Moff that he was headed to a frat party and she asked him if someone could pick him up so he could avoid going to jail (presumably for public drunkenness). Huguely told Officier Moff, “‘I’ll kill you. I’ll kill all of y’all. I’m not going to jail,’” she told The Washington Post — adding that he called her racial, sexual and other vulgar words. (Charming fellow, this one.) Huguely resisted arrested and fought her for “three or four minutes,” Moff recalled, before she used her Taser on him. The Taser, however, made the lacrosse player “a lot more aggressive.” Moff said she was able to get him into handcuffs, but he continued to cuss her out as she walked him to a squad car. Later that evening in court, Huguely could not remember that he had been Tasered or that the officer who arrested him was a woman. He plead guilty to public intoxication, public swearing, and resisting arrest, for which he served 50 hours of community service and 20 hours of substance abuse education, among other punishments.
It’s terribly sad to think that Yeardley Love might have realized Huguely was bad news and yet he still took her life away from her, weeks before graduation. But you know what else is sad? Apparently resisting arrest, threatening to kill a cop, and calling the cop racial, sexual and vulgar terms is not enough to get someone kicked off the lacrosse team — or kicked out of UVA entirely.