Too bad Garrett Wolfe’s not a baseball player or we could say he “hit for the cycle” with arrests for retail theft, disorderly conduct, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest with violence.
Some things just never make sense. Like why they insist on making movies out of old TV shows that weren’t really that popular to begin with. And, this case, of Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike “Five Finger Discount” Leake who was arrested for shoplifting shortly before a game on Monday. Leake’s big haul? Diamonds? Jewelry? IPads?
He got caught cutting the tags off of six T-shirts at Macy’s with a value of less than $60. No, really. A guy who reportedly makes $425,000 a year and received a signing bonus of $2.27 million back in 2009. Of course, he and the team have apologized and hope this will all just go away, but something is wrong down in Southern Ohio and we don’t think this is the last time Mr. Leake will be on the pages of BadJocks.
Details on this major heist from MLB.com:
According to the arrest report obtained by the AP, Leake removed the price tags from six American Rag T-shirts at a downtown Macy’s store and tried to leave without paying for them. Police told WCPO-TV that Leake was caught on security camera leaving the store. If found guilty of the charge, Leake faces a maximum of 180 days in jail.
Less than two months ago, Andrew Bartley, 18, of Firestone High School in Akron, Ohio was on top of the world, winning the Division I 100-yard breast stroke for the second straight year. Word was that he was going to get a college scholarship to swim and from there, who knows? Today, Andrew sits in an Ohio jail in what started as a complaint at Firestone that he was trying to intimidate or bully fellow students. The school’s “resource officer” questioned Bartley and found that he was carrying around with him a shell casing for a semi-automatic rifle. Not something most kids carry around at school, so the officer then asked the swimmer if he had any weapons in his car.
Along with an SKS 7.62-mm rifle, 10 rounds of ammunition, cops also found 1 gram of marijuana, a marijuana pipe, a pill crusher, as well as brass knuckles and a butterfly knife. The last two items not typically used by hunters to go after small game, but you never know when you might get into a brawl with a couple of drunk deer in the woods.
Bartley was charged with conveyance of a deadly weapon into a school safety zone, possession of a deadly weapon, drug abuse of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. And he likely won’t be getting that scholarship now because he likely won’t be graduating from high school any time soon.
Do prisons have swim teams?
Auburn University’s football team must be cursed or they do most of their recruiting from juvenile hall. Just last Monday, running back Eric Smith was dismissed from the team after being charged w/ 3rd degree domestic violence and today 4 more players have been arrested. The charges consist of robbery in the 1st degree, burglary in the 1st degree & theft of property in the 1st degree … gold star to anyone who can differentiate those 3 charges.
All 4 have been “permanently dismissed” from the team for not adhering to the university’s “high standard of conduct” that they expect from their athletes. Again, 5 arrests … perhaps they did not tell their recruits about these high standards?
On a positive note, a former player gave them a shout out on Twitter.
OANOW has the details:
Police say they responded to a report of a robbery on the 2300 block of Wire Road at approximately 12:25 a.m. Friday, where five victims reported that “three black males entered the residence with one displaying a handgun.”
Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs backed Chizik’s decision to dismiss the four players from the team.
“This type of behavior will not be tolerated at Auburn,” Jacobs said in a statement. “I fully support Coach Chizik’s swift and decisive action to dismiss these four student-athletes from our football team effective immediately.”
Former Auburn safety Zac Etheridge expressed surprise over the arrests via his Twitter account Friday afternoon. “In total shock!!!” Etheridge tweeted. “Prayers going up for those guys hate to hear that happened. Not like them to do that!!!”
We could have told you that. Most of YOU could have told Sports Illustrated that an increasing number of college football players on scholarship have criminal records. But, the fact that this vaunted publishing institution actually took the time and did the research (something we have been too lazy to do in 11 years) is great for everyone. Now the debate about whether there are actually more jock criminals these days will end, but our guess as to why it is happening and what to do about it is only just beginning.
The real surprise is how few Top 25 football schools have any kind of policy in place to screen recruits for anything beyond their athletic ability. True, some young men–given a second chance–rise above their past mistakes to become a shining example for everyone. Then again, more programs are finding out that a bad seed can not only turn into bad fruit, it can spoil a whole program.
Here’s more from the story in the issue of SI currently on the newsstands:
Few football programs had a more difficult season in 2010 than the University of Pittsburgh. Led by running back Dion Lewis, a Doak Walker candidate, the Panthers were the preseason pick to win the Big East and go to a BCS bowl. But things quickly began unraveling — on and off the field.
In a span between mid-July and late September, four players were arrested for four separate, violent crimes.
First, senior defensive end Jabaal Sheard was charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest after allegedly throwing a man through the glass door of an art gallery. Authorities told SI that even after an officer arrived on the scene, Sheard continued to punch the victim in the face as he lay on his back, bleeding. Sheard was suspended from the team. But after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct on Aug. 4, 2010, he was reinstated for the 2010 season.
In an interview last month, former Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt, who resigned after his team finished a disappointing 8-5, defended Sheard, saying he was just trying to come to the aid of another player and break up a fight.
On Sept. 12, redshirt freshman running back Jason Douglas was charged with aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence. According to court records, Douglas hit a male pedestrian, whom police found lying in the street, bleeding from open wounds to his head and throat. As Douglas was handcuffed he said: “Hey I play for Pitt football … please don’t arrest me.” He was suspended from the team and has pleaded not guilty.
On Sept. 18, sophomore offensive lineman Keith Coleman was charged with aggravated assault and harassment. Police records indicate that in an incident on the street near the Pitt campus he beat up one man and body slammed another who attempted to intervene. One of the victims was treated for a broken shoulder. Coleman was suspended indefinitely. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and is awaiting trial.
Finally on Sept. 22, police responded to a 911 call reporting that a man was choking a woman at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. Officers found Donna Turner bent over on a porch, crying and vomiting. She identified her attacker as Jeffrey Knox, a freshman defensive back at Pitt.
“Knox … open handed slapped Turner in the head with such force that she was thrown to the ground,” the police report states. “Knox then jumped on her, grabbed her by the throat, picked her up by her throat and slammed her head into the wall. He held her against the wall, continuing to choke her.”
When two female witnesses tried pulling Knox off Turner, he allegedly threw punches at them and knocked them down. He then left the scene before authorities arrived. A day later, Knox was dismissed from the team after being charged with assault and reckless endangerment.
“The charges are garbage,” Knox’s attorney, Martin Scoratow, told SI. “They don’t reflect the incident. There was something between the two of them. But it was like a teenage spat.”
When asked about Knox, Wannstedt said, “He did things he never should have done and was dismissed from the team.”
Knox will be formally arraigned on March 3 and could stand trial later in the spring.
Before this rash of arrests, Pitt had no procedure for screening football recruits for past trouble with the law. But after Knox’s arrest Pitt’s athletic department implemented a new policy requiring coaches to seek more detailed background information on potential recruits.
It would take too much time to do an individual post for each of the college football players arrested since this past weekend’s games ended, but to suffice it to say, it looks like a record haul for the cops. The real question is: who will be left to play this Saturday?
Furman Football Player Arrested for Attempting to Run Out of Walmart With Case of Beer: Ryan Lee (pictured right) – Unfortunately, as an offensive lineman, speed was not Ryan’s friend.