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When Jeremy Vuolo started courting Jinger Duggar back in 2016, he received an unprecedented level of pushback from her father, Jim Bob Duggar.

At first, fans were baffled by the patriarch’s resistance.

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After all, on the surface, Jeremy seemed to possess all of the qualities that Jim Bob looks for in a son-in-law.

But with time, the sources of Jim Bob’s concerns began to reveal themselves.

Jeremy is a former pro soccer player, and he began to distinguish himself as an athlete while still in college.

The Vuolos In 2020
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Unfortunately, it was also around that time that Jeremy fell into the hard-partying lifestyle that ensnares so many student athletes.

Vuolo was arrested on drunk and disorderly charges while still in college.

For obvious reasons, the incident is not his favorite topic of conversation.

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So fans were shocked when Jeremy opened up about his arrest and his wild youth during Tuesday’s episode of Counting On.

Jinger and Jeremy live in LA these days, and the episode found them meeting up with a new friend at a local skate park.

The guy had a lot in common with Jeremy — a former pro skater and LA transplant who turned to religion when he felt that his life was spiraling out of control following a divorce.

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(Jeremy has never been divorced, but rock bottom looks different for everyone.)

Together, they discussed the challenges of transitioning from the world of professional sports to a quieter, more domestic life.

“For guys who stop playing, they’re on a contract or they get injured, the rest of their life they’re aching to play,” Jeremy said.

Jeremy Comes Clean
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“For me, it was like God took that passion for soccer and just relocated it into ministry."

In an interview segment Jeremy opened up about his past with admirable candor.

“I was consumed with playing soccer but I was also living a life that wasn’t honoring Christ,” Vuolo said.

Jeremy and Jinge
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“I ended up getting arrested. I was drinking, I was partying in college, just being a foolish young guy and it was really that night when I got arrested out late at night, three o’clock in the morning," he added.

"I realized, I can’t live like this and call myself a Christian.”

Jeremy says the incident presented him with a clear choice — either continue drinking and partying, or give himself over fully to Christianity.

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"It was really that night when I got arrested, out late at night, 3 a.m. in the morning, I realized I can’t live like this and call myself a Christian," he said.

"I either need to go into the world and do what I want to do or I need to live for Christ, but I can’t call myself a Christian and live like this."

The incident occurred more than a decade ago, but given Jim Bob’s ultra-conservative belief system, it’s not surprising that he would still hold it against his son-in-law.

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The Duggars don’t allow drinking at all, and if Jim Bob feared that Jeremy would challenge his authority … well, he’s been proven right.

After all, it was Jeremy who gave Jinger permission to wear shorts in defiance of the long-standing family dress code.

And it was with Jeremy that Jinger moved to LA, an act that got her temporarily disowned by Jim Bob and Michelle.

Jinge and Jer on the 'Gram
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So while Jeremy may have put the wild life behind him, he hasn’t lost his rebellious spirit.

It’s a quality that his wife clearly admires.

If only her father felt the same.