Wednesday, August 17, 2005
THE RAP SHEET
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Wherein SMQ chronicles eligibility-crippling issues, legal, academic, institutional and otherwise...
Unless you're Arkansas State's coach, headlines don't get much better than this: "Ark. State QB charged with beating up girlfriend, stealing milk":
JONESBORO, Ark. -- Arkansas State backup quarterback Devin Hollins has been practicing with the team while facing court appearances stemming from two arrests this summer -- including one after he allegedly beat up his girlfriend.
According to police reports, Hollins was arrested and cited for third-degree battery by campus police July 4 and for shoplifting by Jonesboro police Aug. 5. The unrelated events are misdemeanors. He faces court appearances Monday; coach Steve Roberts has allowed him at practice since drills opened Aug. 7.Well, maybe it's not so funny for Shaquita, either, or the store owner who had to eat the $1.49.
Hollins and his girlfriend, Shaquita Y. Butler, got into an argument July 4, but their accounts on what happened after that differ.
"He pushed and hit me numerous times," Butler said in a statement to police. "I begged him to stop but he didn't. ... He threw me down on the concrete and drug me by my leg through Dean Street and finally he dumped me in a muddy puddle of water near the curb."
Hollins said he dropped only a little bit of water on Butler ... "and she kicked my driver side door. During that I pushed and pushed her several times away from my car door and she kept trying to throw rocks and other things she can find to throw at my car. Then I left."
On Aug. 5, Jonesboro police said, Hollins drank a $1.49 pint of chocolate milk at a grocery store without paying for it, then threw the empty container away on Aisle 19.
Hollins appeared in five games for Arkansas State last season and attempted 26 passes.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gunday has dismissed his ninth player since taking over in January, including potential star running back Seymore Shaw. Another player, a backup offensive linemen, also recently quit.
Reasons for the dismissals vary from low grades to failure to meet team requirements to off-the-field issues.
"I'm actually pretty soft," Gundy said. "I'm easy to get along with as long as they're paying the price."
Maybe Gundy should hire Toothless George as a motivational speaker: Live the life, pay the price!
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