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Big Faty liar
by Paul Kennedy, October 8th, 2010 7:40PM

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TAGS:  americans abroad, france, men's national team

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[AMERICANS ABROAD] On Saturday, Jacques Faty, Charlie Davies' Sochaux teammate and close friend, came forward and said that he, and not Davies, was driving Faty's Audi Q7 at 125 mph early in the morning on Oct. 3 when they were stopped by French police and Davies was cited for speeding.

The incident took place almost a year after the car accident near Washington, D.C., that almost took Davies' life and killed another passenger.

According to French newspaper Le Progres, Davies was stopped on the A36 freeway near the town of Dole in eastern France and had his driver's license confiscated on the spot. The maximum speed limit in France is 78 miles per hour.

After Davies called Faty in Senegal, where he is with that country's national team for African Cup of Nations qualifying, to tell him news of the incident had been reported in Le Progres, Faty the called the paper's regional bureau near where they were stopped and said he was at fault.

"I panicked," he said. "I said to myself that with his American nationality, Charlies was going to have less problems."

Faty was born in France and captained France to the 2001 Under-17 World Cup title but now represents Senegal at the senior level.

Faty was driving to Paris, so Davies, who was flying Boston during Sochaux's international fixture break, asked for a ride. He said he was lying down in the passenger's seat and didn't realize how fast Faty was driving.

Davies told the Associated Press that he reluctantly switched seats with Faty in their tinted car.

"I was like, 'Jacques, I don't think I can do this.' He was like, 'No, trust me, it'll be easy. If you don't, I'll go to prison and you'll be stranded here,'" Davies said.

Faty -- mistakenly -- thought his license was still suspended and would be jailed for driving with a suspended license.

"That's not possible for me to go 120 mph on the road after an accident and think everything will be fine," Davies said. "If a kid survives such a serious accident and then almost exactly a year later is driving at a reckless speed, it's like, 'This can't be serious.' ... If someone has a second chance like I do, to take advantage of something like that, it's not something I could do. I learned too much from whole experience to let something like that happen."

French prosecutor Virginie Deneux told the Le Progres that switching seats and making a false statement to the police were criminal offenses. According to Le Progres, Davies and Faty could face six months in prison and a 7,500-euro fine ($10,400).

A rising star of the U.S. national team who had scored four goals and recorded two assists in 17 games for the USA by age 23, Davies was slated to play a key role in the U.S. attack at the 2010 World Cup. But he did not recover in time for the World Cup. Nor has he been able to return to first team action with Sochaux, although he is playing with its reserve team.

The driver of the accident that took place on Oct. 13, 2009, escaped with minor injuries. Passenger Ashley J. Roberta, 22, died. Davies required seven operations. His injuries included a lacerated bladder, fractured right tibia and femur, a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, a fractured elbow and face fractures.



8 comments
  1. Ted Hartwell
    commented on: October 9, 2010 at 12:45 a.m.
    Wow...this is really tragic to hear. Sounds like he is in need of some serious counseling. To survive a crash that claimed the life of another young person and come back from extremely serious injuries in the manner that he has, and now to be engaging in similar behavior just a year later that is likely to kill him or another. Very, very sad. I wish him the best, and hope he can find a path forward that doesn't involve engaging in this type of lifestyle.

  1. Brian Herbert
    commented on: October 9, 2010 at 9:11 p.m.
    If Faty's confession is true I am thinking, "Charlie, with friends like that who needs enemies." First, Faty putting Charlie in that position where they could have both been killed and second, to make your friend take the hit for you. Faty's a real jerk in my book.

  1. Ian Plenderleith
    commented on: October 10, 2010 at 9:01 a.m.
    Great headline. I think young Charlie needs to learn the French for, "Hey dude, can you slow down a bit? I'm getting some flashbacks here that are kinda freakin' me out."

  1. Robert Buckley
    commented on: October 10, 2010 at 11:18 a.m.
    There is NO WAY you could be in a car going 125 mph and not know it! Hey Charlie and Faty real men race on race tracks. A..holes race on highways. Grow up!

  1. Scott O'connor
    commented on: October 10, 2010 at 2:15 p.m.
    Geez. This guy does need to grow up. He has probably ruined his career by being involved in his after-curfew crash last year and now is out with another crazy driver. The driver was probably drunk and that's why they had to switch seats, to save the other player from a bigger crime..... C'mon Charlie your judgement is SEVERELY lacking. I'm done caring about your comeback.....

  1. Margaret Manning
    commented on: October 10, 2010 at 2:36 p.m.
    Does Davies think he's playing for Harchester United? This is a script for how to ditch an otherwise promising career.

  1. David Huff
    commented on: October 11, 2010 at 4:16 p.m.
    More poor judgment by Mr. Davies, its too bad than one with talents will let it go to waste.

  1. Kelly O'Connor
    commented on: October 15, 2010 at 7:33 a.m.
    I choose D. All of the above. These comments hit it on the head. As an outright supporter of Davies thus far, I wish continued good luck to him on the pitch and hope he can get some smarts to make that happen.


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