Tag:Police Blotter
Posted on: May 16, 2011 1:11 pm
Edited on: May 16, 2011 1:51 pm

Nutt 'probably' going to boot suspended Rebs

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Friday morning two Ole Miss players were arrested for public intoxication and suspended indefinitely by Houston Nutt. Considering it wasn't the first offense for either Delvin Jones or Clarence Jackson, many Ole Miss fans were wondering whether or not Jones or Jackson would ever play another down of football in a Rebels uniform. Well, if a radio interview Nutt gave on Friday afternoon is any indication, probably not.

Nutt was on The Chris Vernon Show in Memphis on Friday afternoon and said that this latest incident "probably (means) they're going to be removed from the team."

Nutt then talked to the Clarion-Ledger's Kyle Veazey, and while he backed off the talk of booting the players a bit, he was still pretty angry about their arrest.

“We’ve had such an unbelievable offseason,” Nutt told Veazey. “We’ve had a really good January, February, March, April, this May. We’ve got two selfish guys that just make a wrong terrible decision that embarrasses the 98 percent that do it right, that’s what makes you so mad. These guys have been talked to repeatedly. That’s what bothers me.” 

As of now, before making any decision, Nutt wants to talk to both players on Monday and then figure out what their futures with Ole Miss will be.

Thanks to an injury to D.T. Shackleford, Jackson was expected to earn a starting linebacker spot this year after being suspended four games in 2010. The reason for Jackson's suspension was that he allegedly possessed a flat-screen television, television stand and DVD player that belonged to Ole Miss' math department. Jones, a reserve defensive lineman, was suspended two games last season as well. 

UPDATE: Probably no more, as Nutt has gone and dismissed both Jackson and Jones from the team

Posted on: May 16, 2011 12:42 pm
Edited on: May 16, 2011 1:15 pm

Oregon State DT facing litany of charges

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Oregon State has suspended defensive tackle Castro Masaniai indefinitely following an arrest over the weekend. Masaniai was arrested over the weekend and booked on counts of second-degree kidnapping, coercion, disorderly conduct, harassment and criminal mischief. While details are still a bit cloudy about what happened, according to the police report, it all started at a local McDonalds.

According to reports the incident happened at the downtown McDonald's restaurant. The second-degree kidnapping charge comes into play as Masaniai's apparently attempted to pull his girlfriend out of the restaurant.

Masaniai had been projected as a starter for the Beavers this season, but odds are that his suspension will have an impact on that as will the judicial system. He played in seven games last season and made four tackles before suffering a shoulder injury that ended his season early. The shoulder injury also kept him out of spring practice, and the team wasn't expecting him back before August. 

Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:29 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2011 11:48 pm

Miami DT Jeffrey Brown accused of sexual battery

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Al Golden's most challenging day of his young tenure at Miami has just gotten immensely worse. Earlier today there was a report that the Hurricanes would be suspending four players stemming from two separate instances, but that pales in comparison to the accusations facing Miami defensive tackle Jeffrey Brown.

According to the Associated Press, Brown, 19, was arrested Wednesday on sexual battery charges for allegedly raping a fellow student on campus:

Miami defensive tackle Jeffrey Brown was arrested Wednesday and accused of forcing sex on an intoxicated female in her dorm room.
Police say the alleged incident took place in the early morning hours of April 30. Brown surrendered to police Wednesday afternoon and was charged with one count of sexual battery about an hour later.

According to the report, a female friend of Brown's showed up at his dorm room on April 30 after a night of drinking. After she threw up in his bathroom, Brown walked her back to her room. That's when the trouble allegedly began. 

Police say Brown took her back to her room after she became ill and passed out in his bathroom, then helped her into her bed, doing so "under pretense that he was concerned for her well being," according to the affadavit.
Police said the alleged victim fell asleep, only to be awakened by Brown allegedly removing her "comforter and underwear." Police said Brown then had sex with the woman, despite her pleas for him to stop.
Police said Brown initially denied having sex with the alleged victim, then acknowledged doing so under further questioning.

Making matters worse, while being interviewed by the police on Wednesday, Brown reportedly sent several text messages to his roommate asking him to dispose of his underwear. The police recovered Brown's underwear and took them into evidence.

The University of Miami has suspended Brown indefinitely following his arrest, announcing in a statement that it "has become aware of the serious charges made against a student athlete," but not naming Brown specifically.

If the details of the allegations listed in the arrest report are even close to true -- often but certainly not always the case -- Jeffrey Brown will have much larger problems to face than trying to regain his football eligibility.

This makes seven players currently believed to be suspended for Miami's season-opener against Maryland.

UPDATE: In Brown's defense, Chicago-based law firm Durkin and Roberts released a statement asserting that Brown "did not engage in any criminal conduct whatsoever on the evening in question," and that he broke no team or university rules. Brown is a native of Evanston, Illinois.

Posted on: May 2, 2011 12:43 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2011 1:53 pm

Oregon's Kiko Alonso arrested

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The 2011 season could have been a new year and a fresh start for Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso, one that wiped the slate clean after a bad 2010 campaign. Alonso was arrested for a DUI last February which came with the requisite suspension from the team. To make matters worse, Alonso then injured his knee in spring practice and had to miss the entire 2010 season, which went rather well for Oregon.

Now there's news out of Oregon that the 2011 season is starting off a lot like 2010 did, as Alonso has once again found himself to be on the wrong side of the law.

Pending Alonso's release from jail, corrections officials could not confirm the charges the lineback was arrested for. The Oregonian reported Sunday that Alonso was arrested and charged with burglary, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

While 2011 rosters have not been set, Alonso would have competed for a starting spot on the Oregon defense to replace recently drafted Casey Matthews, who was picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round.

Following this arrest, it's not likely that Alonso is going to earn that starting spot to replace Matthews. In fact, he'll probably be lucky to keep his spot on the team at all. Oregon and Chip Kelly have yet to make a statement on Alonso's future with the Ducks, but I would think he doesn't have much of one left.

UPDATE: In a move that doesn't come as much of a surprise, Oregon has suspended Alonso indefinitely.

Posted on: April 28, 2011 5:31 pm

Jenkins: "No option" to stay offered by Muschamp

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

In the end, the details of Janoris Jenkins' departure from the Florida Gators are just that: details. Whether Jenkins had any say in the matter, or whether he was simply dimissed by Will Muschamp following his second marijuana-related arrest in a matter of weeks, Jenkins will be playing his football somewhere else in 2011 regardless (if he plays at all).

But that doesn't mean Jenkins didn't deserve to offer the record his side of the story, as he emphatically did in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel Wednesday. Muschamp had tweeted that he and Jenkins "both felt" it was best for Jenkins to "move ahead to the next stage of his career." But according to Jenkins, it was only his coach who felt that way: 
"The only thing he said was I was dismissed as soon as I walked in the room," Jenkins said. "He washed his hands of me" ...

"They know he didn't give me no option to make. … There was nothing else I could have done or said."
Jenkins mentor Sandy Cornelio, who said he had also been present for Muschamp's meeting with Jenkins, claimed that the coach had offered Jenkins "no explanation" for his decision.

Of course, Muschamp didn't really have to spell things out for Jenkins, did he? Given his public mandate to put an end to the Gators' string of arrests under Urban Meyer and instill a greater sense of discipline in the team, Muschamp couldn't really let a three-time arrested star go unpunished without appearing to be as "soft" as Meyer was frequently criticzed for being. Jenkins may complain, but the conflict here really shouldn't be about Muschamp's decisions regarding his team.

That said, if the decision was entirely Muschamp's, he should be honest enough to present it as such. (A Florida athletic department spokesman said the school "stand[s] by" the earlier statement.) Besides: there didn't seem to be much doubt in the reaction to the news that Jenkins hadn't really left by choice anyway. The only functional difference in claiming the decision was mutual and admitting it wasn't was making an already acrimonious situation more acrimonious ... and while Jenkins might have deserved the dismissal he got, we're not sure he deserved that, too.

Posted on: April 25, 2011 10:55 am

Two more Gators cited for marijuana possession

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Will Muschamp may have an image problem on his hands.

His Florida team has already been embarrassed by cornerback Janoris Jenkins' pair of marijuana-related arrests this offseason, the most recent coming just this past weekend. And now the Palm Bech Post has reported that it's not just Jenkins that's been caught by law enforcement with pot this spring; redshirt freshman defensive end Chris Martin and sophomore reserve linebacker Kedric Johnson were both arrested on possession charges this past January. The details:
The Gainesville Police Department arrested Martin, who is expected to compete for a starting job at defensive end or linebacker this summer, on Jan. 29 after officers detected the scent of the drug coming from a vehicle. Martin was in the car and revealed approximately two grams of cannabis when the police confronted him, the report said.

Johnson ... was arrested on Jan. 9 after an officer pulled him over for speeding and smelled marijuana. He produced two grams of it from his glove compartment, the police report said.

Both players agreed to deferred prosecution, and the cases did not go to trial.
Combined with Jenkins' missteps, that makes four marijuana-related arrests for the Gators in 2011 alone.

At a program with a better track record, these incidents might be easily brushed off. But Florida under Urban Meyer became (in)famous for its string of petty (and not-so-petty) arrests, a record Muschamp has promised to change with an emphasis on the "Florida Way."

Though Muschamp will ultimately be judged on wins and losses and virtually nothing else -- for all the griping about the Gators' arrest record under Meyer, his two national championships meant he could have continued in Gainesville almost indefinitely had he not retired -- the "Florida Way" talk will quickly become a punchline if his Gators can't stay out of headlines with "marijuana" in them.

It's early and Muschamp deserves the benefit of the doubt for now -- Martin's and Johnson's arrests occurred within days of his hire -- but it's also a problem the new Gator head honcho will need to nip in the bud* for the sake of his program's already-dicey image.

*Yes, pun intended.

Posted on: April 23, 2011 8:08 pm

Janoris Jenkins busted with pot again

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins has once again been busted by Gainesville police for marijuana possession. Barely more than a month after Jenkins appeared in a courtroom to deal with an arrest for marijuana possession, Jenkins was caught with a joint in his car early Saturday morning. According to the St. Petersburg Times, Jenkins had been smoking a cigar in a car parked in a parking lot. When Jenkins saw the police, he put the cigar down, got out of the car and walked away.

The police then found the cigar in the center console of the car and found that it was not filled with tobacco. According to the Gainesville police department, Jenkins was given a notice to appear in court for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.

What remains to be seen is how this will be handled by Florida. Jenkins did not serve any kind of suspension due to his first marijuana arrest, as he was already missing spring practice following shoulder surgery. Still, new head coach Will Muschamp has said that he plans on instilling a new culture in Gainesville, and one that doesn't turn a blind eye as often as Urban Meyer seemed to.

Another factor to keep in mind, while Jenkins has been nailed with weed twice in the last three months, this is his third arrest since coming to Florida. He was also arrested for resisting arrest and getting into a fight outside a Gainesville night club in May 2009. I'm not sure Muschamp will take that offense into consideration seeing as how it took place before he came to Florida, but you have to think that being arrested twice in three months is not the best way to introduce yourself to your new head coach.

There's a good chance that if Muschamp decides to make an example of somebody, then it could be Jenkins.

Posted on: April 22, 2011 12:06 pm

Rice has 4 players arrested in 3 days

Posted by Tom Fornelli

I don't know if you pay attention to the Fulmer Cup over at Every Day Should Be Saturday, but if you do, then you already know that there is no way anybody is going to catch Auburn to take the title this year. Still, that doesn't mean some schools aren't going to try, and you have to give Rice some credit. Having four players arrested within 72 hours is nothing to sneeze at.

Which is exactly what happened, as four players from the school were arrested in two separate incidents. One last Saturday, and then another on Monday.

Reserve defensive end Cody Bauer and offensive lineman Cade Shaw were arrested on Saturday for possession of a firearm in their on-campus residence, according to Harris County court records.

Both posted a $5,000 bail bond and were released from custody.

Cornerbacks Kevin Gaddis and Phillip Gaines were arrested in a separate incident Monday.

Gaddis was charged with a pair of misdemeanors — theft of property valued between $50 and $500 and possession of two ounces or less of marijuana, according to the case summary. He posted a $500 bail bond on both charges.

Gaines was arrested on a misdemeanor possession of two ounces or less of marijuana. He posted a $500 bail bond.

“We are aware of the allegations. We take these seriously,” Rice athletic director Rick Greenspan said. “Obviously, we have some investigations to do, both with the campus and off-campus (authorities), and when we have more information we’ll share it.”

The school has yet to make a decision on whether or not the players will be suspended, but I suspect the players will be at some point. As nebulous a description as the famous "violation of team rules" is, I'm pretty sure that being arrested is a violation of just about every team's rules. 

Phillip Gaines is the only starter of the bunch, as he started ten games for Rice at corner last season and finished third on the team with ten tackles. While not starters, both Bauer and Gaddis played in all 12 games last year, while Cade Shaw saw limited action in 2010.


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