From the Virginian Pilot’s Stephanie Heinatz and Kyle Tucker.

SUFFOLK ““ Marcus Vick, the former Virginia Tech quarterback who was dismissed from the team last week after various troubles on the field and with the law, was arrested and charged Monday with three counts of brandishing a firearm, a misdemeanor.

The 21-year-old turned himself in at the Suffolk magistrate™s office Monday afternoon, where he was later released on a $10,000 bond. Sunday night, shortly after 9 p.m., police were called to the parking lot of the McDonalds at 6201 College Dr.

The mother of a 17-year-old boy reported that Vick œhad pointed a weapon at her son and two others during an altercation, said police spokeswoman Lt. D.J. George.

I realize this news will lead to more predictable piling on, references to elder brother Ron Mexico, sneering remarks about sex with a minor, etc., all really intelligent responses. But who amongst us hasn’t pointed a loaded pistol at a 17 year old in the parking lot of a Suffolk, VA McDonald’s?

The weekend’s other unfortunate college football story has the Pennsylvania N.O.W. President Joanne Tosti-Vasey calling for the resignation of Penn State coach Joe Paterno. Speaking of the sexual assault allegations against FSU linebacker A.J. Nicholson, Paterno was quoted as saying, “There’s some tough — there’s so many people gravitating to these kids. He may not have even known what he was getting into, Nicholson. They knock on the door; somebody may knock on the door; a cute girl knocks on the door. What do you do? Geez. I hope — thank God they don’t knock on my door because I’d refer them to a couple of other rooms. But that’s too bad. You hate to see that. I really do. You like to see a kid end up his football career. He’s a heck of a football player, by the way; he’s a really good football player. And it’s just too bad. ”

The ever enlightened Will Leitch submits that “any coach over the age of 80 is forgiven for offensive comments and, in fact, credited simply for still being alive.” This is the same brilliant mind, by the way, that made note of the “almost impressive casual racism of the porn industry” earlier today. Shame that the casual sexism of the sports blogging world isn’t nearly as impressive.