Advertisement

Advertisement

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

Chris Martin

Chris Martin

Advertisement

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.

photo

Chris Martin

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."

Comments

squawkhawk 10 months, 3 weeks ago

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

0

Jaminrawk 10 months, 3 weeks 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.

0

Sam Constance 10 months, 3 weeks 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.

0

Jim Jackson 10 months, 3 weeks ago

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

0

David Leathers 10 months, 3 weeks 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.

0

Jason Keller 10 months, 3 weeks 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.

0

NebraskaJayhawk 10 months, 3 weeks 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.

0

Dirk Medema 10 months, 3 weeks 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.

0

Billy Smith 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Kick him off. Not worth the bad press.

0

Jason Keller 10 months, 3 weeks 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.

0

JHWKDW 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Are we KU Jayhawks Football or the Oakland Raider or Misery Tiger thugs?

No just kidding look we will have to see what the evidence and circumstances are. Im not convicting him, but this kinda looks bad.You know I am not looking for the milk and cookies/ all wholesome kinda kid/athlete.Hey I know at that age they are going to do dumb/wild things at times, but if it is true robbing people at gunpoint is where I draw the line on giving second chances nah adios sucker. Now you know why I did not want to pick that dude up from Ohio.

There is stupid mischievous trouble you can get into and the coach will sit down and give you the third degree on but this is beyond any sitting down and saying shame shame do not so that again. I hope this is not true not just for the team, and HCCW but all of KU Athletics

0

Joe Ross 10 months, 4 weeks 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!"

1

Pitthawk34 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Whatever happened to good old fashioned bar fights.

0

Randy Bombardier 10 months, 4 weeks 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.

0

Blake Post 10 months, 4 weeks 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.

0

KCatty 10 months, 4 weeks 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.

0

Michael Leiker 10 months, 4 weeks 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

0

Brendan Connolly 10 months, 4 weeks 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?".

1

KEITHMILES05 10 months, 4 weeks 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.

0

Ron Franklin 10 months, 4 weeks 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.

0

cjp22152 10 months, 4 weeks ago

There goes our best incoming player. What an idiot!

0

Mark Lindrud 10 months, 4 weeks 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

0

John Fitzgerald 10 months, 4 weeks 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!

0

pepper_bar 10 months, 4 weeks ago

This comment was removed by the site staff for violation of the usage agreement.

0

Suzi Marshall 10 months, 4 weeks 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.

2

Chris Bailey 10 months, 4 weeks 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!!!!

2

Doug Roberts 10 months, 4 weeks ago

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

1

Micky Baker 10 months, 4 weeks 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.

0

Hammertoe 10 months, 4 weeks ago

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

0

Doug Roberts 10 months, 4 weeks 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.

3

Mike Barnhart 10 months, 4 weeks 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!

0

Keith Hummel 10 months, 4 weeks ago

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!

14

Andy Smith 10 months, 4 weeks 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.

2

iamakufan 10 months, 4 weeks 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.

0

kuae99 10 months, 4 weeks 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.

0

Clarence Haynes 10 months, 4 weeks ago

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

0

Matt Kenton 10 months, 4 weeks 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.

0

gchawk 10 months, 4 weeks 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.

0

ahpersecoachingexperience 10 months, 4 weeks ago

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

5

texashawk10 10 months, 4 weeks 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.

0

HAWKS1 10 months, 4 weeks 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.

1

lurkerhawk 10 months, 4 weeks ago

If he is really involved with this, then bye.

0

Wickedson 10 months, 4 weeks ago

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

1

Boouk 10 months, 4 weeks 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.

2

dallashawk05 10 months, 4 weeks 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.

1

hawksquawk 10 months, 4 weeks ago

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

0

Commenting has been disabled for this item.