Saturday, January 31, 2009

Players Behaving Badly

-Suspended Miami FL point guard Eddie Rios was arrested for grand theft and burglary early this week. Rios, who if you remember was suspended earlier in the season as well (both times for violating team rules), apparently stole $3,400 worth of electronics from people in his dorm. From the Miami Herald:

When police searched Rios' dorm room they discovered an Xbox 360, a power charger, HD cables, two wireless controllers, a Sony laptop computer, and 12 DVDs inside a white pillow case under Rios' desk. Rios was also found to have a concealed-weapons license that belonged to someone else.
He also stole a credit card and an ID that wasn't his. Rios started four games early in the season for the Hurricanes.

-Fresno State point guard Dwight O'Neil was arrested last Thursday night for driving with a suspended license. It looks like he is going to have to spend up to a week in jail after police learned he had an outstanding warrant for the same offense from back in May 2007. It has been a tough couple of weeks for O'Neil. He was suspended for the Bulldogs game against Louisiana Tech after arguing with coaches during a Jan. 17th game against Nevada. He also missed a game on Wednesday after his uncle died in a fire (seriously).

-Ok, so this isn't a player, but it is quite the meltdown. I'll set the stage for you. South Alabama took a one point lead over Louisiana-Lafayette with two seconds left, but Randall Daigle of ULL hit a three at the buzzer to win the game. Apparently, ULL (the home team) didn't have a monitor to review whether they got the shot off on time. USA coach Randy Arrow was none too happy about it, and it just so happened to be caught on tape.

-South Florida's Mike Mercer and Anthony Crater were arrested for marijuana possession last week. For Mercer, it was his second arrest in four months and he was kicked off of the team. It won't be too big of a loss for the Bulls as he was already out for the season after tearing up his knee. Anthony Crater, who is sitting out until next December after transferring from Ohio State, will remain with the team.

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