THE RAP SHEET - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The week in eligibility-crippling issues - legal, academic, institutional and otherwise...
Our campus heroes were enjoying summer break and voluntary, loose, fun, come-as-you-are, no-pressure-whatsoever-man workouts in relative decency and civil behavior this week, with little to no law-breaking to found anywhere.
What the week lacked in criminal quantity, though, it made up in grisly severity: former Montana State player John LeBrum and ex-MSU basketball player Branden Miller were charged Thursday with kidnapping a cocaine dealer outside a restaurant, shooting him and dumping his body in the school's agronomy farm last week. Official charges are murder, kidnapping and destroying evidence in a murder:
At least Clark - a former assistant? This happened last week, what's he doing around the locker room? - didn't go the Dave Bliss route to salvage the school's rep, already mangled, the article notes, by a 2005 rape case involving a basketball player and a 15-year-old girl and a former football assistant sentenced to four years in prison and eight on probation in 2004 for his role in a "methamphetamine distribution conspiracy."
- - - - - While their on-field/court counterparts are livin' da Thug Life in Bozeman, the NCAA's 2005 tenth-place cheerleading squad in the hip hop division proves that at least some crimes committed by Montana State students are only aesthetic
PLED, not guilty of assault in a bar brawl last weekend, teammate of the very mild-mannered Marshawn Lynch, Cal quarterback Steve Levy, who is not a generic SportsCenter anchor but is accused of hitting an employee of a San Francisco bouncer in the face with a pint glass (insert invetitable 'must have been a short thow LOL!!!' crack here, the standard of which was set by Bill Curry's - or was it Ray Perkins'? - "We know it wasn't our quarterback" when someone tossed a brick through his office window during one of the coaches' beleaguered stints at Alabama). Levy was originally released on $40,000 bail, which - as SMQ knows for reasons fortunately not related to his own or close family members' incarcerations - is an inordinately high amount for assault with a non-deadly weapon. His pre-trial hearing is July 18. Levy was suspended indefinitely immediately following the charge by Jeff Tedford, but no further word on his status as it relates to the Bears' starting job entering the fall or for the opener at Tennessee.
That's all, folks! Other than gruesome, drug-related murder, players behaved nicely this week...or were just sneaky about it? - - - - - Permalink 11:42 PM
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