Thursday, August 21, 2008

Basketball scholarship in California or prison in Wisconsin? I'll take prison

This has been quite a week for college basketball players, specifically those that enjoy the company of law enforcement agents, as noted in the last BIAH Some Links, Some News post. First, it was Dominic Tilford of South Alabama (cocaine possession). Next, it was Markieff Morris not quite of Kansas (underage drinking and assault for shooting a woman in the arm with a BB gun from his dorm room window; this is the third time I've written about the incident and I still can't figure out why anyone, even after about 12 beers, would think this is a good idea. I'm no stranger to doing dumb things, but c'mon, are you kidding me? Why does he even have a BB gun in a dorm?). Both facing charges and possible suspensions.

But now news is coming out of Minnesota that 7'1" Cal Poly San Luis Obispo recruit Anthony DiLoreto was arrested in his parents home just one short month before he left for CPSLO on a full ride. What was he arrested for? Robbing a bank. Yea, that's smart. A 7'1" basketball star deciding to rob a bank. At least he was smart enough to rob a bank far from his home - he committed the crime in Wisconsin. He also, apparently, was seen driving away from a gas station without paying right before he robbed the bank. Maybe that's why he robbed it.

But there is more to this story, which is where it gets crazy. At the same time that DiLoretto was robbing the bank, some guy across the street killed himself when he crashed his ATV and another guy in the area was having a heart attack. What the hell is going on up there?

Back to the point, by all accounts DiLoreto was a pretty good kid with no previous record. What would motivate someone to risk a scholarship to a school in California for the couple hundred bucks you get out of a bank robbery? I have no idea, but I do know that regardless of where CPSLO is in Cali, it is a hell of a lot better than anywhere in Wisconsin during the winter - especially prison.

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