Suspended SIU basketball players shot teammate with airsoft rifle

2011-02-16T12:28:00Z 2011-02-16T12:35:53Z Suspended SIU basketball players shot teammate with airsoft rifleBY TODD HEFFERMAN, The Southern The Southern
February 16, 2011 12:28 pm  • 

CARBONDALE - The three Southern Illinois University men's basketball players, who were suspended earlier this season, used a Crosman Airsoft rifle and a Saluki women's basketball player's car in the incident that got them in trouble, according to a published report Wednesday.

Sophomore center Gene Teague and junior guards Mykel Cleveland and Troy Long were suspended for three games after they were issued citations for battery after a Feb. 3 incident near an SIU Carbondale residence hall. All three are scheduled to appear in at the Jackson County Courthouse in Murphysboro in early March.

The three shot teammate Davante Drinkard after dropping him off and an unidentified 20-year-old victim, according to a campus police report obtained by The Daily Egyptian. A story in the Wednesday edition, cited the police report and written statements from the players and the victim, said the three bought the guns at Wal-Mart and were driving SIU guard Brooke LeMar's white Ford Mustang while she was out of town.

The 20-year-old victim, who did not receive medical attention in a campus police report, said he was not injured. He was shot in the back of the head while wearing a hood.

The Carbondale Police Department forwarded The Southern to the campus police department for a copy of the police report. A Freedom of Information request was filed at Anthony Hall by The Southern. The university has five days to respond to the request or provide the report.

"With teammates, our (intentions) with the guns were to joke around and shoot each other with the guns," Long said in his statement to campus police.

The three players, who are expected to play tonight against Indiana State after serving their suspension, were not available for comment Tuesday. They had to go through the university's judicial process, as the incident took place on SIU property, SIU coach Chris Lowery said.

Whether the students still face disciplinary action from the school is still unclear. Student Judicial Affairs referred all questions about the matter to Dr.

Peter Gitau, the associate vice chancellor and dean of students. Gitau did not immediately return a message left at his office earlier today.

Cleveland, who was driving LeMar's Mustang with an expired license, was issued a warning. The car was impounded after the incident took place.

Teague, the Salukis' 6-foot-9, 290-pound starting center earlier this season, said in his statement to campus police he was the one who shot the 20-year-old SIU student.

SIU women's basketball coach Missy Tiber had no comment, according to SIU's sports information office, on whether LeMar would or has faced any disciplinary action for allowing the players to use her car.

Crosman has six handguns/rifles on sale at the Carbondale Wal-Mart that range in price from $11.97 to $99.00. They can shoot a 6-millimeter plastic bead from between 200-400 feet per second, depending on the model.

 

todd.hefferman@thesouthern.com / 618-351-5087

 

Copyright 2015 The Southern. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

No Comments Posted.

Add Comment
You must Login to comment.

Click here to get an account it's free and quick

How to survive an active shooting incident

How to survive an active shooting incident

CARBONDALE — Run. Hide. Fight.

July 31, 2015 7:00 am Video Photos

Photos

(2)
Carbondale man arrested after burglary

Carbondale man arrested after burglary

A Carbondale man was arrested after a trespassing incident Sunday in the 400 block of West Mill Street, according to a news release from the C…

July 30, 2015 1:39 pm(0)
The latest: Shooter kills one man, self; injures two others in West Frankfort shooting

The latest: Shooter kills one man, self; injures two others in West Frankfort shooting

Update: July 29, 2015 | 1:39 p.m. Developing

July 29, 2015 1:39 pm Photos

Photos

(0)

Harrisburg man gets 18 years for attempted murder of his former girlfriend

A 34-year-old Harrisburg man who was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder of his former girlfriend and harming her child was sentence…

July 29, 2015 12:13 pm Related (0)
Molly Young's father wins records from Carbondale police

Molly Young's father wins records from Carbondale police

CARBONDALE — Another Illinois law enforcement agency has been found to have violated state public records laws by not releasing investigative …

July 28, 2015 1:10 pm Video Photos

Photos

Related (1)

Murphysboro police searching for man who robbed Huck's wearing a gas mask

MURPHYSBORO — Police said an armed man wearing a military style gas mask robbed the Huck's on Walnut Street early Saturday morning.

July 25, 2015 2:00 pm Related (0)
How to behave during a traffic stop: Showing mutual respect

How to behave during a traffic stop: Showing mutual respect

MURPHYSBORO — The most common reason for interacting with police was being a driver in a traffic stop, according to a 2008 U.S. Department of …

July 25, 2015 8:00 am Related (2)
Man charged with assaulting Carbondale Police officers responding to trespassing call

Man charged with assaulting Carbondale Police officers responding to trespassing call

CARBONDALE — Two Carbondale Police officers were treated at a hospital and a 35-year-old man was arrested Friday afternoon after he allegedly …

July 24, 2015 3:45 pm Photos

Photos

Related (6)

Thirteen indicted on federal drug charges

BENTON — A federal grand jury in Benton has charged 13 Southern Illinois residents with drug-related offenses, according to a news release Thu…

July 23, 2015 3:00 pm Related (0)
Marion police looking for theft suspect

Marion police looking for theft suspect

MARION – Marion police are asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect in connection with an alleged recent theft at Roll N Up Liquors.

July 23, 2015 8:15 am(0)
Follow the Southern Illinoisan

Pinboard