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Originally published May 29, 2013 at 05:44p.m., updated May 29, 2013 at 07:40p.m.

Current, former KU football players among three arrested in connection with home invasion

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Three men, including a Kansas University football player, were arrested today in connection with a May 13 armed robbery in the 1900 block of Camelback Drive.

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Junior Christopher Stefaun Martin, 21, of Oakland, Calif.; former Kansas player Jeremiah Letrell Edwards, 21, of Garland, Texas; and Joshua Edwards, 28, of Lawrence, were arrested on suspicion of robbing cash and marijuana from victims at gunpoint at a home on Camelback Drive about 10:30 p.m. on May 13, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman.

Martin, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive lineman and Denver native who played at Florida in 2011, transferred to Kansas this year as a four-star prospect from City College of San Francisco. He held a five-star rating coming out of Grandview High in Aurora, Colo., in 2010. He was the 16th junior-college standout this year to pick Kansas.

Martin has been in trouble with the law before. He was cited for marijuana possession while playing at the University of Florida in 2011. He transferred from the school later that year.

Martin came to Kansas to reunite with Kansas football coach Charlie Weis, whom he originally committed to out of high school when Weis was still the head coach at Notre Dame. Their past connection, coupled with Weis' willingness to give talented players a second chance while trying to turn KU football around, made the reunion a good match. Upon first stepping foot on KU's campus, Martin talked about using his latest opportunity to set the record straight about both his abilities as a football player and his character.

"I had a taste of success and ended up letting immature decisions lead me down the wrong path," Martin told the Journal-World in February. "And that's been the biggest thing, taking those mistakes and turning them into positives so when I step foot here we can go down the right path.”

The three men arrested today were booked into Douglas County Jail on suspicion of aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and kidnapping. The information has been forwarded to the Douglas County District Attorney's Office for consideration, McKinley said, and the investigation is ongoing.

Weis said the team and athletics officials are aware of the arrests and gathering more facts.

"The behavior described in these charges is not acceptable at the University of Kansas," Weis said in a statement. "When we are confident that we have enough information, we will act appropriately."

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hawksquawk 1 year, 6 months ago

Don't recognize the name, so, throw the book at him, Coach!

hawksquawk 1 year, 6 months ago

Oops, now I recognize the name. He probably got mixed up in some things and deserves a second chance. Let's not be too quick to judge.

hawksquawk 1 year, 6 months ago

remember, this is not a conviction. We don't know what case the prosecutor has, and we haven't even heard anything from the defensive end...

Blake Post 1 year, 6 months ago

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Randy Bombardier 1 year, 6 months ago

He's had his second chance. Kick him off the team before he leads some guy down the wrong road.

BringBackMark 1 year, 6 months ago

Hate to tell all of you CW optimists but this is just the first of a string of disappointments we'll see out of this juco experiment. Charlie was so proud of running 29 players off the team when he got here to bring in his guys. Well, here they are. Wasted scholarships all over the place both last year and, it appears, this year. The quick fix approach won't get you there. This isn't a college football program it's turned into the misfit sanctuary. Let's get our 2-10 season out of the way and then go hire a coach.

Chris Bailey 1 year, 6 months ago

I hate to break this to you but if we fire another coach we won't get anyone worth a crap! Come to Kansas you have 2 years and then we fire you. Not to mention we'd owe CW over 6 million dollars. Weis is SZ guy. He isn't going anywhere. And one misfit doesn't mean the rest of these guys won't pan out. Besides choir boys don't play football. Look I'm for kicking this kid off the team if he is implicated but I'm far from throwing in the towel this season. You should be too!

Cmill1221 1 year, 6 months ago

Hate to break it to you but it's not and experiment, it's a proven strategy that Snyder has used for years and Mangino used that took us from 2-10 to a bowl game in his second year. As for running off all the players when he got here, there was not exactly a ton of top talent on the roster at the time. Two of the players have actually returned to the program, you don't hear things like that often and it show what kind of respect the players have for CW.

Cmill1221 1 year, 6 months ago

And as for the story... If there is any truth to this he has got to go. Sorry kid.

squawkhawk 1 year, 6 months ago

WRONG! Snyder never brought that many Juco players in at one time. Weis is trying to completely start over with juco kids while Snyder simply filled gaps with juco players. Weis thinks he knows what he is doing but he doesn't. Just wait, KU will have a slightly better season this year and possibly the year after, but after that it will be like KSU under Ron Prince.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 6 months ago

CW is just filling gaps too. It's just that after 2 coaching debacles the gaps are even bigger than at KSU. We were missing 20+ upperclassmen from previous recruiting classes. Just filling the gaps. There are about 20 more upperclassmen gaps next year as well, so expect something fairly similar in recruiting. The JUCO/transfer process will start to diminish more and more after that - just as CW said it would.

BringBackMark 1 year, 6 months ago

Hate to break it to you but Snyder had much more success recruiting freshman that nobody else wanted and developing them. I know you've heard how he did it with juco's but that's a myth. He had more juco failures than successes. He and Mangino used them to fill gaps, not an entire team. Do your homework.

squawkhawk 1 year, 6 months ago

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David Meredith 1 year, 6 months ago

Chris Martin is listed as 1st team defensive line... would be pretty stupid for him to be involved in this... would certainly face a long suspension or dismissal.

Ethan Berger 1 year, 6 months ago

You see by saying Weiss was stupid for saying that, you proved that either A. You didn't make it past high school or B. You are still in high school. In grown up world, what Weiss pretty much said is that Martin will be kicked off the team if these events are true. It's okay fella, not everyone is capable of critical thought.

David Leathers 1 year, 6 months ago

Your first post made absolutely no sense. What else was Weis suppose to say? You do have a right to be here, but I just don't understand who was being hypocritical.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 6 months ago

CW's question wasn't directed at whether the action was legal here or anywhere else, as you a proposing. CW's question was directed at whether Chris was actually involved as accused. If CW get's enough evidence, Chris is gone.

And yes, 1st string is not necessarily any smarter than 2nd, ...

Ethan Berger 1 year, 6 months ago

The fact that you called Weiss comment stupid, was stupid of you. Have an opinion, but when you nit pick a basic comment like that, it shows immaturity and a lack of understanding on how things are done. Charlie is a representative of the university, therefore he makes sure that people know he nor the university find this behavior acceptable. Which means that if true, he will be kicked off the team. A lot of universities, including KU have kept players who have broken major laws. Weiss is trying to say that. You took an incredibly easy to understand quote and sounded like a bitter fan with a mission to discredit every single quote. Which is the behavior or high schoolers (I work with them, so I this a lot and you reminded me of them).

Casey Gee 1 year, 6 months ago

Or jail. ESPN reports he is being charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and kidnapping. Sounds pretty serious on the legal front.

brooksmd 1 year, 6 months ago

If he's truly involved in it, CW won't have to kick him off the team. By the time he gets out of jail he'll be too old to play college ball.

Boouk 1 year, 6 months ago

Wow. I thought Martin had changed for good. I'd strongly consider kicking him off the team if I'm Weis. It would be a downgrade, but not devastating. Ben Goodman showed flashes rushing the passer at the end of last season, and Michael Reynolds has talent.

Jason Spangler 1 year, 6 months ago

Not good. Robbing homies at gunpoint?? That's pretty deep.

lurkerhawk 1 year, 6 months ago

If he is really involved with this, then bye.

HAWKS1 1 year, 6 months ago

Man.... so disappointing! This kid has shown so much promise. I hope for his sake and for the football teams sake that he is wrongly accused! If not, then I expect he will be dismissed from the team. I don't see Coach Weis doing the Snyder thing and saying "discipline will be handled internally" then nothing ever comes of it. So many of Snyder's players have gone through the "Snyder Scrub" over the years that we expect that from KSUcks. As a Jayhawk, I don't want us to stoop to that level, no matter how good the player is.

Dale Kroening 1 year, 6 months ago

Campus brawls ?? Really ?? Get your facts straight !!! What does Self have to do with this anyways ?? Troll much ?? SMH......

Sam Brockert 1 year, 6 months ago

Hypocritical? You use that word, but I do not think it means what you think it means...

kay_you 1 year, 6 months ago

Oh please. Your posts are nothing but criticism and negativity. And just because you live in Lawrence doesn't mean a thing. Stop trying to rationalize and justify why you're here. You're a typical troll, plain and simple. You are here for one purpose only so stop being such a hypocrite.

Sam Constance 1 year, 6 months ago

Pretty clear what's going on here. KSU transplant living in Lawrence who works himself into a rage lather every time he has to hear about KU sports.

Also, the fact that you live in Lawrence doesn't absolve you of being a troll. It just means you're a LOCAL troll. Troll.

A troll is someone who... trolls message boards posting things in an attempt to garner reactions from others. For the SOLE purpose of garnering those reactions, rather than by any desire to have an honest conversation.

Look at your actions (if you're capable). You come here and don't write a post of your own, but instead simply respond to others in an abrasive and insulting manner. That's trolling. Your Lawrence address doesn't change that.

brooksmd 1 year, 6 months ago

Why are people talking about dismissal or suspension from the team? We're not talking snatching some weed from somebody. We're talking home invasion, kidnapping and the use of firearms. If he's involved the only football he'll be playing will be behind bars.

hawksquawk 1 year, 6 months ago

Agreed, if he was indeed involved. it's high tim we hold players 100% accountable for their actions.

texashawk10 1 year, 6 months ago

Suspend Martin for now, then determine final disciplinary actions when facts are known. That is treating him like he'll be treated in the real world. Since this isn't Martin's first offense though, he may not even get that chance and may just get kicked off the team in the coming days whether or not he should be at this point.

ljmhawk 1 year, 6 months ago

I agree, don't boot him until we know all the facts but if he's guilty send him on his way.

ahpersecoachingexperience 1 year, 6 months ago

Apparently you can take the boy out of the SEC but you can't take the SEC out of the boy

gchawk 1 year, 6 months ago

This definitely doesn't fall under the category of "kids will be kids". I'm sure hoping that Martin is some kind of innocent bystander, but that doesn't sound very likely.

Matt Kenton 1 year, 6 months ago

Wow, didn't expect anything so soon! This is the risk with taking in so many juco transfers. Was excited to see Martin on the field. Good thing we have some depth at DE, but he had about the highest ceiling.

KGphoto 1 year, 6 months ago

I’m sorry. JUCO players are more likely to be criminals?

Dan Harris 1 year, 6 months ago

Yes Three reasons you go the juco route.

  1. Not offered D1 scholarship because of talent level
  2. Poor grades/couldn't qualify
  3. Not offered because of HS disciplinary problems ( drugs,theft etc...)

Clarence Haynes 1 year, 6 months ago

Disappointing if this true You give a person a chance to redeem himself and he screws up!

kuae99 1 year, 6 months ago

This isn't a matter for the football coach. It's a matter for the chancellor. Either he's cleared or he's expelled. If he's cleared and HCCW wants to discipline him for hanging out with morons, so be it. Mount Oread is no place for felons.

Steve Reigle 1 year, 6 months ago

If I recall, big things on the field were projected for this kid. If he is in fact guilty I doubt he'll be around KU any longer. Too bad he had to go and probably screw up his future.

Theonlythingthatexceedsyourbad 1 year, 6 months ago

Up to 61 months for aggravated assault and kidnapping. If he's guilty he's going to prison for at least a couple of years. He should too, if he is guilty. We don't need thugs like that in our society, let alone on a football team.

Your taxes pay to put people who do these type of things away. Otherwise they will harass the world endlessly.

brooksmd 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you. Don't understand why people are saying he should be dismissed or suspended if he's involved. If he's involved his football career will be behind bars.

Andy Smith 1 year, 6 months ago

Jeremiah Edwards came to Kansas from Garland, TX with the intention to major in criminal justice and to become a police officer. Some things make you go ....hmmm.

Matt Kenton 1 year, 6 months ago

Maybe he was practicing! Investigated a suspected drug dealer, came to his apartment with guns drawn, confiscated the evidence and drug money...

Theonlythingthatexceedsyourbad 1 year, 6 months ago

And a gun in someone's face to get that weed and cash. Kidnapping as well - more than just weed and cash. The more I think about it I really can't believe it.

Mike Barnhart 1 year, 6 months ago

Hey, sounds like this drug dealer needed to be robbed. Musta' been charging high prices for bad weed! Can't blame a guy for taking matters into his own hands!

Doug Roberts 1 year, 6 months ago

Robbing at gunpoint? NO WAY he wears a KU uniform again. Kid had a future. Let's see, weed and a little cash, or possible NFL career? Man, life's choices are so tough sometimes. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Topher Peters 1 year, 6 months ago

Again, he hadn't even put the damn thing on.

Hammertoe 1 year, 6 months ago

If he is found guilty, he will be in jail. Robbery at gunpoint, kidnapping....

Micky Baker 1 year, 6 months ago

Stupid choice. I don't care how good he is. If he is involved in an armed robbery, I don't want him on this team. That would send the wrong message to the others.

Blake Post 1 year, 6 months ago

True. His wasted talent does not determine his fate. If true, hit the highway.... after jail, that is.

Doug Roberts 1 year, 6 months ago

His glasses should have tipped people off that he doesn't make great decisions.

Chris Bailey 1 year, 6 months ago

That coming from a guy who's pro 2nd and has CCL. Just crazy people do this kind of crap!

Chris Bailey 1 year, 6 months ago

I know we are innocent until proven guilty in this country but come on. How many people in on this site have ever been arrested or had your name involved in something even close to this serious? Robbed at gun point? Yeah he's gone. No way he wears a KU uniform ever.

Dear Chris Martin,

I hope that weed and little bit of cash was worth it!

Signed,

The KU faithful!

P.S. did you really think you wouldn't get caught? Your 6 ft 5 in for god sake! People remember someone of your size! Pull your head out of your ass dude! Come on!!!!

Suzi Marshall 1 year, 6 months ago

If he is at all connected with this thing, CW needs to kick his ass off the team. The University should kick off campus, if that is possible. I'd rather Kansas goes 1-11 than have a team of criminals like Alabama.

Blake Post 1 year, 6 months ago

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NebraskaJayhawk 1 year, 6 months ago

Actually you're right...there are fans for every team in the nation that are ignorant and often times blinded by their bias. Unfortunately KU nation has them as well. However, your mention of UK2 in an above post is called trash talking in my book. Don't expect people to accept anything you say if you come onto our boards and talk smack. Won't comment to another of your posts because of your insignificance. If you had stated what you wanted to say without disrepecting us, then I would not mind conversing with you. Enjoy your stay in the beautiful city of Lawrence, Kansas.

John Randall 1 year, 6 months ago

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KGphoto 1 year, 6 months ago

You live in Lawrence... and you hate KU.

You hate KU... but you read the KU sports page daily.

What’s wrong with this picture?

You have cents. Do you have any sense?

pepper_bar 1 year, 6 months ago

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John Fitzgerald 1 year, 6 months ago

Is this kid for real? Only way to forgive this kid is if he was kidnapped, or if the information is wrong, as in he wasn't involved. Lets be honest though, how is a 6 "5 monster going to get kidnapped? Anyways, this is a total dissappointment and this kid likely just threw his chance at the NFL out the window, again. Not many kids get a second chance there Chris, and it looks like your second chance will be over before it started. Good riddance big guy!

John Fitzgerald 1 year, 6 months ago

I said "kid" because that's what he's acting like. If he were acting like a man he wouldn't be doing this stuff. Amirite?

Bville Hawk 1 year, 6 months ago

Agreed, except that he could do 5 years and (providing he is in shape) probably still get an opportunity to play in the NFL.

Mark Lindrud 1 year, 6 months ago

doesn't matter what school you're at, no one is immune to these things, assuming he's guilty, he's out of chances, there needs to be discipline, and if he's off the team, we have to live with it. we cheer the team we have on the field, whomever it may be

Topher Peters 1 year, 6 months ago

There goes our best incoming player. What an idiot!

Ron Franklin 1 year, 6 months ago

Tyrann Matheiu (or however it is spelled) was kicked off LSU Campus and off the team, and months later he is on the cover of ESPN the magazine. Maybe this guy can get the Madden Cover for these ridiculous antics. I won't be surprised to see these charges dropped.

KEITHMILES05 1 year, 6 months ago

When they sign with KU they also sign an "oath of office" to uphold whatever it is KU puts in writing. That way they are held accountable as they signed this document. Weis doesn't mess around. Martin will be discipline for sure.

Brendan Connolly 1 year, 6 months ago

I agree with the comments about getting the boot, but have one question. Since it appears shots weren't fired, how was this reported? Did the victim call police and say "hey some guys just came in here with guns and stole my drug money and pot?".

Michael Leiker 1 year, 6 months ago

Played bball w/Chris Martin this spring at the Rec. Dude is soft. Real soft, hope he's gone, can't imagine him being a D1 DEnd

Theonlythingthatexceedsyourbad 1 year, 6 months ago

I did too. His mouth was bigger than his game. He talked more than he tried.

Although, in my experience, football players generally aren't very good at basketball. You fake one way and they are so athletic they end up on the other end of the court. He was slow for basketball standards.

KCatty 1 year, 6 months ago

If this is true, forget being kicked off or suspended like many above suggested, he will be going to prison. Those are serious felonies. Football is now the least of his concerns.

Blake Post 1 year, 6 months ago

innocent until proven guilty. But if you are guilty, you may imagine all of the hate words for you. Even if you are bad, why chance losing millions waiting if you did well? Guess that's stupid bad. There are those who worked and struggled throughout history for your opportunity, and now you stomp their faces with your deeds.

Randy Bombardier 1 year, 6 months ago

Let me talk to him. I'll set him straight. I'd wager a month's pay that he was raised either by his grandma or at least without a father. In a bad part of town that's all it takes.

Pitthawk34 1 year, 6 months ago

Whatever happened to good old fashioned bar fights.

nuleafjhawk 1 year, 6 months ago

Good point. In MY day ( when we walked 5 miles to school in the snow. Uphill. Both ways, blah, blah, blah....) you could have an argument with someone and beat the crap out of each other, then get up and dust yourselves off and go on your way. No one ever thought about guns or knives or any of that other garbage.

Now the thinking is " Kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out. "

KGphoto 1 year, 6 months ago

Well I”M so old, we went into the middle of the street at high noon with a pistol on each hip and the last man standing got the girl. I guess you just grew up in a weird time, sans guns and knives.

nuleafjhawk 1 year, 6 months ago

Oh, we HAD the guns and knives - we just used them for hunting and fishing, not killing each other !

KGphoto 1 year, 6 months ago

Oh their good for all sorts of things. Didn’t you know everything is free if you have a gun?

Joe Ross 1 year, 6 months ago

I made a post the other day, arguing that we really need to try to understand the societal aspects of some of these players' backgrounds, and how at times they may contribute to what we observe in terms of bad behavior in the present. The truth is, though this is disappointing to us all, it's not very surprising. Not if we are being candid.

A few made the point that they didnt want to discuss sociology in a sports forum. I empathize with that point of view...to a point. Sometimes, however, its unavoidable that a person is a product of their unique experiences, and it comes into play.

I totally believe in multiple chances. But I also believe a part of mentoring involves creating a culture that demands responsibility for ones actions, and that involves discretionary discipline meted out on a case-by-case basis. In this particular instance, if true, a weapon was brandished. That is enough to satisfy grounds for dismissal in my book. That is underscored by the reality that if Martin was involved, this would be his second such offense. Weis will filter out all the pertinent information as it becomes available to him. But if these allegations are true, Weis needs to dismiss Martin.

Kudos to AtlJaybird for the following post (above):

"Full ride, room and board, free tuition, free books, free education. Access to the best facilities, trainers, coaches, tutors, and professors. Years of training, studying, sacrificing. A shot at the NFL. A chance to make millions. And he throws it all away for a little weed and cash. Unbelievable!"

kay_you 1 year, 6 months ago

I have no objection to the discussion of sociology in a sports forum. In fact I'd welcome it. This sort of thing is not that uncommon and I find it baffling when someone can’t seem to see the opportunities in front of them. Can’t believe he would do something so foolish when he has already been granted a second chance.

bad_dog 1 year, 6 months ago

Just my .02, but I don't consider a prior marijuana possession charge as constituting a "history of trouble". This is even more so given the recent legalization and medical marijuana legislation enacted into law in several states.

Nevertheless, this is extremely disappointing behavior from someone that regardless of their sociological background, knew better.

As for the kidnapping charge, keep in mind one can be charged with this crime merely by moving or requiring a victim to move to another place simply to facilitate the commission of the underlying crime; in this case robbery. It doesn't require tying the victim up, throwing them in the trunk, driving off and then seeking a ransom. Just making them move to another room while they searched/ransacked the house can constitute kidnapping.

bad_dog 1 year, 6 months ago

Your point may still be applicable re: certain other players and their histories. Time will tell.

I hope for the best and believe that most folks learn from the first lesson, or at least future issues decrease in significance rather than blowing up. In the meantime, this is some really disappointing news for KU, the football program, Hawk fans and ultimately Mr. Martin.

John Randall 1 year, 6 months ago

"""Sometimes, however, its unavoidable that a person is a product of their unique experiences, and it comes into play."""

We are each a product of our own experiences. Some learn from them, some don't – that is where individual choice has a bearing on our decisions.

Jason Keller 1 year, 6 months ago

Chris Martin would have been our best defensive end. If any of you still think he has a chance to play, I have a bridge in Arizona that you would love.

It can't be overstated how big of a disappointment this is.

Jonathan Allison 1 year, 6 months ago

what?! There are no bridges in Arizona! That's ludicrous.

Jason Keller 1 year, 6 months ago

Haha it seems I've misquoted the classic from George Strait.

KGphoto 1 year, 6 months ago

The guy hasn’t played a significant down of D1 college football in his life. Just because Keegan got all weak in the knees at the sight of him, doesn’t mean he was going to take us bowling with one hand tied behind his back.

We are fine.

NebraskaJayhawk 1 year, 6 months ago

Thanks for the history lesson on this guy. You're exactly right..a bit of a wildcard really.

Billy Smith 1 year, 6 months ago

Kick him off. Not worth the bad press.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 6 months ago

Was Jeremiah 1 of the 29 let go by CW? Is the other, older Edwards a relative? Stinks that they're still in Lawrence creating trouble, tho some folks seem to be magnets for it.

NebraskaJayhawk 1 year, 6 months ago

Mr. Martin....what the heck were you thinking? Were you thinking at all? I guess you will have plenty of time to think about it now....wow.

Jason Keller 1 year, 6 months ago

His career is OVER. No one will ever give him another chance. All that talent... just gone. I would like to say "If I had all that talent.... blah blah blah" but I don't have all that talent so I don't really know how I would use it. I imagine it would be put to better use than Mr. Martin has managed to do with it.

David Leathers 1 year, 6 months ago

I'm not sure exactly, but didn't Weis mention that he was one of the "nastiest" guys on the team?

Well, it would seem that Ol' CW is right again.

Jim Jackson 1 year, 6 months ago

What a buffoon this kid is. Who else do we have at End??

Sam Constance 1 year, 6 months ago

Well, this is too bad. Sounds like he might've been able to help the team if he had gotten his head on straight. I'd say armed robbery (assuming it's true) indicates that the head is not on straight. Even if there weren't obvious legal issues likely to come out of this, I don't know if having someone who exercises this kind of judgement is a good player to have on the team at all, regardless of the fact that he brings an incredibly negative light to the program.

I hope--more for this kid's sake than the program's sake--that he has been mistakenly accused. He probably needs to be dismissed from the program regardless, because even if he isn't guilty of the crimes listed, I have a hard time believing that there isn't some sort of connection, which demonstrates, again, bad judgement.

Jaminrawk 1 year, 6 months ago

Note to all collegiate athletes out there: if the guys you roll with have guns and weed, it's just a matter of time until something stupid like this happens. It baffles me that athletes throw away their possibly lucrative futures on stupid decisions on a random night. Especially athletes that are getting a second chance.

squawkhawk 1 year, 6 months ago

Poor, poor Charlie. What has he gotten himself into?

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