Suspended ASU player's roommate kicked off team

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Augusta State University lost another basketball player Thursday, this one permanently, when senior center Chad July, the roommate of suspended forward Harold Doby, was dismissed for “conduct detrimental to the team,” according to Jaguars head coach Dip Metress.

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A gun and drug paraphernalia were found by campus police during a search Wednesday of the University Village apartment the players shared. Doby, 21, remained in jail Thursday on a charge of having firearms on school property.

According to a Georgia Regents University incident report, police were called to the Jaguar Way apartment complex about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday to investigate an earlier complaint of drugs.

According to an incident report, a maintenance employee called authorities after he went into the apartment to replace a bulb and found a marijuana grinder.

The students who live at the apartment – all members of the basketball team – were at practice when police arrived, but another man, Dorian O’Bryan Sabb, was there. Police asked Sabb to leave, at which time Sabb entered Doby’s room to get his belongings.

The report stated Sabb told police he had stashed marijuana under the bedsheets. Officers found 8.4 grams of marijuana.

Sabb was issued a Richmond County citation for possession of marijuana and a criminal trespass warning from all Georgia Regents University properties.

Later, police contacted all four residents of the apartment and they consented to a search. The residents are Doby, July, senior center Travis Keels and sophomore forward Roman Hill.

A marijuana grinder was found in July’s room but no drugs were discovered, according to a GRU Public Safety report.

In Doby’s room, officers found a .38-caliber Colt revolver in a white sock between his mattress and boxspring. Police said the revolver was loaded with five bullets and one spent round.

Georgia Regents Uni­versity officials said Doby remains a student at the school but has been suspended from the team indefinitely pending an investigation. His academic status will be determined by the school’s judicial board, according to school officials.

The 6-foot-9, 245-pound July began the season as the starting center, but he lost his gig and came off the bench four of his final 11 games with the club. July averaged 3.8 points a game and 7.1 boards a game. He also shot 31 percent from the field, 43 percent from the foul line.

When July’s transfer from Flagler was announced in April, he was expected to help give Augusta State a boost inside after the team went 17-11 last season and finished last in the league in rebounding.

“It gives us an anchor down there,” Metress said then. “Numerous times in our losses, we got hurt because we just didn’t have any thickness down low.”

Now, Augusta State has just three players with any size to plug the middle – forward Devon Wright-Nelson (6-5, 220), forward Michael Graham (6-4, 202) and center Travis Keels (6-9, 204).

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404Law
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404Law 01/18/13 - 03:24 am
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Hmmm...

It seems the police are covering their bases, because upon realizing that Sabb was not a resident; they waited for the owners/residents to return to consent to a search.

A couple of issues though:

Even though it's an apartment, is each room with its own lock and key considered a separate residence?

If so, then did Sabb have permission to enter Doby's residence?

Nonetheless, it seems as if Doby and others consented to the search. However, if Doby and others were under the influence of the mary jane found in their room at the time they consented to the search, then...

Did Doby and others know they did not have to consent? Or, were they pressured to consent with threat of arrest/sanction based on what the police already found via the opportunity provided by Sabb?

This is an arguable case (but maybe just in my mind).

I feel deeply for these boys. While deserving of reprimand, I am not sure it should cost them their academic privilege. But I guess that's just what higher education is in our society - a privilege.

Grandpa Jones
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Grandpa Jones 01/18/13 - 03:35 am
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"According to an incident report, a maintenance employee called authorities after he went into the apartment to replace a bulb and found a marijuana grinder."

Before the merger of ASU and MCG, you got to wonder who would have gotten the call first: the Sheriff Dept or Coach Metress?

jmo
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jmo 01/18/13 - 03:56 am
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This has nothing.....

This has nothing to do with basketball. Drugs and weapons have no place in a college dorm. Get rid of the "thugs".

single parent
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single parent 01/18/13 - 05:35 am
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School

READ THE DANG HANDBOOK ENOUGH SAID!

freeradical
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freeradical 01/18/13 - 06:40 am
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Drugs , Guns , and all ,

Drugs , Guns , and all , manner of criminal activity are all part of the

industry .

Are the daily national headlines on cheating , lying , raping ,

robbing , druging , child raping , etc , etc , etc , etc , & etc , not

enough to give you sports dolts a clue ?

It is the american way .

peggyandrick
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peggyandrick 01/18/13 - 07:05 am
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Thanks Dip

The team will not be as good at basketball but will be infinitely better off because Dip did the right thing.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/18/13 - 07:43 am
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What is the right thing anymore..

ATLANTA —

Georgia Tech police are rolling out a new campus security plan on Monday on the heels of a spike in crime on and near campus that has renewed a campaign to allow students to carry guns on campus.

Already in place on campus is the Skycop video surveillance system, but police announced a new partnership with the business community, Georgia Tech and the Atlanta Police Department.

Campus police, along with Atlanta officers, will use a new car outfitted with five cameras and two radar units as part of the plan. The Dodge Charger Enforcer Two was paid for in part by Atlantic Station, the Midtown Alliance and the Atlanta Police Foundation

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 01/18/13 - 08:06 am
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Sounds like they were resume enhancing for the

National Basketball Association Draft.

Or are Drugs, Firearms supposed to come afterwards?

I can't keep up with NBA qualifications anymore.

BTW: I wonder if the Police will be doing a Ballistic test on the 38sp.?

Jane18
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Jane18 01/18/13 - 08:30 am
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Hmmmmmmmm, 404

Only someone wanting to be or is a lawyer, would find anything about this possibly"arguable". What we have here are men that did not and do not appreciate what had been given them. I hope the police check out the gun found between the mattress and springs. I also hope these guys are kiicked out of ASU, or whatever it is called now...........Just a bunch of thugs, pretending to be students/basketball players!!

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curly123053 01/18/13 - 09:01 am
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Kick Them Out !!!!!

These boys seemed to have been a brewing pot of pending trouble down the road. Pot and guns in a campus dorm does not sound like some innocent student getting caught with a gun in his dorm as some were suggesting in yesterday's comments. All four of these folks need the boot out of GRU now to make a statement to the other students regarding guns and drugs being on campus.

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soapy_725 01/18/13 - 09:09 am
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Only three career paths available.
Unpublished

Pro Sports, Pop Icon and Crime. That is why we pay the big bucks for "career coaches" at every level of education. These guys are just hedging their bets for the future.

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ajones25 01/18/13 - 09:09 am
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Dip doing the right thing?

I posted previouly on this forum back in April 2012 that Dip had officially joined the win at any cost club with the Chad July sigining. This is not the first program that July has been dismissed from. He had a prior history of drugs & legal issues while at Flagler. I understand that 6-9 big men are difficult to find at the D-II level, but he should have walked away from this one. The official position when the July signing was announced was that he was transferring to get with a winning program before his collegiate career was over - but reality was he had already been shown the door at Flagler. If you sign high risk guys it sometimes comes back to haunt you - it certainly does give the appearance that you are moving in the direction of having thugs in your program.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 01/18/13 - 09:48 am
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404Law Thanks each a valid legal point to ponder.

While he may walk legally with a tap.
As far as a student, he should be packing for a trip back home to
mama's house.

Itsallnew11
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Itsallnew11 01/18/13 - 10:12 am
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Good thing!

I applaud the maintenance man for not calling the coach and for calling the authorities. This incident could have been swept under the rug and lead to a much more severe situation. Good Job!

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David Parker 01/18/13 - 10:34 am
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b/c nobody ever went to

b/c nobody ever went to college and smoked weed right?

My question is more about the grinder. Is that what people use to prep it for trafficking or is it for a different reason?

I appreciate 404Law's perspective and would whole-heartedly suggest whoever defends the young man to research the items pointed out. In the end, I have to agree that the school cannot be represented by these players and sadly, their talent will go untapped for now. I hope they can reflect and move forward as well as the ASU b-ball team.

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allhans 01/18/13 - 11:01 am
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So many young men with

So many young men with promise throwing it all away and for what?

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Sweet son 01/18/13 - 01:13 pm
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@Grandpa Jones

The Sheriff's Department is not the agency of original jurisdiction so any involvement by them would have been a courtesy by the ASU Police. Both ASU and MCG had Police agencies which I am sure have been combined in some form or fashion. Support for their original investigation should be from the GBI. I feel confident that the maintenance worker reported it to a supervisor who in turn contacted the campus police.

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prov227 01/18/13 - 01:43 pm
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A sad day ...

for ASU sports. Welcome, GRU, to the big leagues.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/18/13 - 03:40 pm
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Cameras

Will Dr. Azziz make an official statement in front of cameras, or will he leave it to underlings?

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specsta 01/18/13 - 09:34 pm
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Unlawful Search?

Here's another perspective - despite the accusations that these students had weed in the apartment, which eventually led to the discovery of a gun, my problem is the fact that a maintenance man was snooping around in someone's private space and felt the need to call the cops.

There was a government-sanctioned program called "Operation Tips" initiated around 2002 under the Bush Administration. In this program, workers who had access to private citizens' homes were asked to report "suspicious activity". Due to a public outcry of a program that was clearly in violation of civil liberties, and after the program was exposed by the Washington Post, the program was cancelled.

American citizens give far too much power to the government in regards to their personal lives. In order for this society to be truly free, government surveillance, aided by snooping utility workers, maintenance men, cable installers, pest control, etc., cannot be part of the equation.

We are too comfortable with being watched 24 hours a day. There will always be that group of the ignorant who say "Well, if you don't have anything to hide, why are you so worried?" I am worried because there is a Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution, that gives a citizen the right to be free from searches unless a warrant is issued upon probable cause. We have the right to be left alone.

It would be one thing to report a cache of military weapons or bags of cocaine with scales laying around, but this seems to be a case of someone being a bit too curious about the contents of someone's apartment.

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