Zaven, Budda and Hollywood did nothing similar to what Carter did. I can understand still wanting to draft Carter, but trying to downplay his situation to simple speeding genuinely makes me angry.
Zaven, Budda and Hollywood weren't going > 100 in a 35 while weaving into oncoming traffic, after leaving the strip club, on a residential street. That's what Carter was doing. I went to UGA and that street is regarded as one of the most dangerous road on campus because of how it curves. Zaven, Budda and Hollywood didn't watch their friends go flying off the road and decide to ditch them. Carter did because of wanting to save his own skin. Carter left two teammates and and two other friends injured on the side of the road. It's confirmed he saw the crash. There's no way they told him to go home either. One was dead on impact but two of them were still alive and had serious injuries. One died after reaching the hospital. He would have been the first responder if he stayed, instead he called his teammates and asked them to drive over and check on the victims.
Carter can still be a great player and yes he was in a scary high pressure situation that won't always leave people thinking straight. It's very possible this was a mistake that won't be replicated. But his situation is not close to Zaven going 70 in a 35 10:00 AM on a Sunday morning. I'd say a better comparison for Carter is Henry Ruggs.
I'm sorry but absolutely none of that is in evidence.
The police haven't said what speed he was doing. What roads they were racing on. Whether Carter saw the crash. If on seeing the crash he left the scene or tried to help. This is pure conjecture.
All we know is that at some point they were racing and at some point later one of the cars crashed. It could just as easily be that Carter felt the other car was going crazy and slowed, or turned off to go a different way. We have no idea.
I find it hard to believe that had he just "left his friends" and drove off that they would not have said something before now and that wouldn't have spread around the football program and campus.
Right now it's a couple of misdemeanors and I'll base my judgement on that until evidence says otherwise.