Fact File: UVA Football Player Trouble Details
March 3, 2008 - UVA Football Player Charged with Larceny
A University of Virginia football player faces serious charges. Police say defensive back Michael Brown stole thousands of dollars worth of items from a car and then tried to sell them. When he was arrested, they say he was carrying marijuana.
Brown is the same UVA player connected to a break-in and fight at the Delta Upsilon house in March 2006. He plead guilty to trespassing.
The third-year student is out on bond. Police are accusing him of stealing more than $3,000 worth of electronics from a car about three weeks ago in the Central Grounds Parking Garage. UVA police are charging him with three felonies, including grand larceny and altering serial numbers.
"We were able to identify another person involved in the case who has not been charged and to my knowledge will not be charged in connection with this who had information that we needed," shared Lieutenant Melissa Fielding with the University of Virginia Police Department.
Brown is also charged with possession of marijuana.
Brown injured his knee last summer and the UVA Athletic Department says he didn't play last season and is not working out with the team.
Spring practice starts March 21. The athletic department could not confirm whether or not Brown will be on the field with the team. The UVA Athletic Department officials say they are in the process of gathering all the facts about the case.
July 28, 2008 - UVA Football Players Arrested
Two University of Virginia football players have been arrested at a downtown Charlottesville nightclub. Junior offensive lineman Will Barker and redshirt freshman lineman Dave Roberts were picked up at Club 216 on Water Street at 3:45 Saturday morning.
Police say both men admitted to stealing beer from a cooler at the nightclub. Both face larceny charges. Roberts, who is 19 years old, is also charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol and with using a fake ID. (See Court Documents for both by clicking on the related links).*
Barker is expected to be a starter on the offensive line after being named a second-team freshman All-American by the Sporting News in 2006. He's one of two returning starting offensive lineman on Virginia's team this year.
Five UVA players have been arrested during the offseason. Five other players have been dismissed from the team because of academic reasons.
UVA football head coach Al Groh has declined to comment on this story. UVA Athletic Director Craig Littlepage said they are working on addressing the arrests and academic problems across all athletic teams, not just the football team.
August 3, 2008- Virginia Dismisses Mike Brown from Football Team
Senior cornerback Mike Brown is no longer a member of Virginia's football team, resolving a question of whether or not he would be back after he was arrested in February for stealing over $3,000 worth of stereo equipment from a car and then attempting to sell it on eBay.
The University of Virginia issued a release Sunday afternoon with the news that Brown was no longer a member of the Cavalier football team.
Since his arrest, Brown was a "non-participating" member of the team, but is no longer affiliated with the program.
Virginia Press Release:
Brown Dismissed from Virginia Football Team
Senior cornerback Mike Brown (Newark, N.J.) is no longer a member of the Cavalier football team. Brown, who missed the 2007 season due to a knee injury he suffered during a summer workout, has been a non-participating member of the team since March.
Brown played in 12 games in both the 2005 and 2006 seasons. He had 31 tackles during his career and returned 14 punts for a 9.6 average in 2006.
August 26, 2008 - Case Continued for UVA Football Players
The UVA football players accused of stealing beer from an after-hours club in Charlottesville were in court Tuesday. Dave Roberts and Will Barker are charged with petit larceny.
Tuesday, their case was continued for the second time. We're told the delay is due to a witness in the case that just recently came to light. Both men are listed on the team's roster.
September 5, 2008 - Associated Press Reports that Quarterback Peter Lalich Admits to Drug and Alcohol Use on Probation
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia quarterback Peter Lalich admits he used marijuana and alcohol while on probation for an underage drinking charge.
Charlottesville General District Court documents show Lalich will be charged with failure to obey a court order while on probation. Lalich was arrested on the drinking charge July 13 and was given a deferred judgment provided he completes supervised probation.
During a regular probation interview, Lalich admitted on Aug. 26 to using alcohol and marijuana. Lalich is scheduled for a Sept. 26 hearing on the latest charge.
Virginia athletic officials declined comment Friday. Lalich started U.Va.'s opener against Southern California last weekend. Virginia hosts Richmond on Saturday.
(See Lalich's Summons for Court - click on the related link).*
UVA Athletic Department Statement on Reports about Lalich
"We will not comment at this time. Peter Lalich has a scheduled court date and it would be premature to comment prior to the resolution of the matter that is pending before the court."
September 9, 2008 - Statement from UVA Athletic Department about How It Addresses Player Issues
"Any time there's an incident, we consult with the head coach to determine what the course of action will be. We review all of the facts as we know them and our decisions are based on that information.
We are not always in a position where we can discuss what we know based on confidentiality requirements. From an academic standpoint, we don't determine who remains at the institution."
October 23, 2008
Former UVA football player Michael Brown was in Charlottesville court. The hearing was related to a DUI arrest, but was continued until March 2009.
Brown faces separate charges for stealing thousands of dollars worth of items from a car and trying to sell them. They also say he was carrying marijuana when he was arrested in that case.
October 29, 2008
RaShawn Jackson, Cavaliers starting fullback, faces felony breaking and entering and grand larceny charges. University police say he broke into a Cauthen dorm room almost a year ago, in November of 2007, and stole a video game console. NBC29 is told the delay in the arrest came as forensic evidence was processed. He turned himself in.
In a statement, UVA Athletics Director Craig Littlepage said, "At this time, RaShawn Jackson is still a participating member of the football team. This matter will be handled with the team and the athletics department, and his final status with the team will not be determined until such time as legal process is resolved or additional information becomes available."
November 20, 2008
Rashawn Jackson faces breaking and entering and grand larceny charges for an incident that happened a year ago. His preliminary hearing was continued until January 15 when more witnesses are scheduled to testify.
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