More woes for Seton Hall hoops
by Jim Hague
Now let me get this straight here:
A guy from the Brigham Young basketball team named Brandon Davies kicked off his team for having sex with his girlfriend in a school dormitory, but Seton Hall can have another gun-related incident and the guy remains on the their team? Is that a sign of the difference between Mormon morals and standards and Catholic beliefs?
Well, it would be too easy to chalk the Jordan Theodore/gun investigation up as ”same old Seton Hall,” but very reliable sources have confided in this reporter as saying that the whole thing is a crock and Theodore never had a gun or never owned a gun.
In case you don’t know the details, here goes and it’s a doozy. The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office received information yesterday from a municipal court judge in South Orange/Maplewood and will determine in the very near future whether Theodore, the standout junior point guard on the Seton Hall basketball team, will have to stand charges that were filed to South Orange police and municipal court recently that allege Theodore and someone else going to the dormitory room of former player Keon Lawrence and threatening Lawrence with a gun.
The person making this claim? None other than Lawrence’s mother, who also alleges that Theodore turned the gun on her as well.
Darlene Epps, Lawrence’s mother, filed charges against Theodore of aggravated assault, aggravated assault by vehicle and possession of an illegal weapon, in this case, a handgun. She claims that Theodore and two other ”masked men” showed up at Lawrence’s dorm room and threatened him. Epps claims that she rushed to her son’s room after hearing of the incident and confronted the three men, at which time, Theodore allegedly jumped into his car and struck Epps with the car.
The whole story was broken Wednesday by SNY.tv reporter Adam Zagoria, who has a long-standing relationship with Theodore.
The incident apparently happened after the Feb. 15 Seton Hall-Villanova game at the Prudential Center, a game that saw Theodore’s mother get attacked by Epps’ lesbian partner, because the girlfriend of Lawrence’s mother was upset that Theodore made comments that Lawrence deserved to get kicked off the Seton Hall basketball team.
The Essex County prosecutor’s office spokeswoman, Katherine Carter, told Associated Press that the investigation into the incident was ongoing and that there was a chance that Theodore did bring an unlawful weapon onto campus, but no charges had been officially filed.
School officials stated that the school conducted its own investigation and found “no student was in violation” of school policy.
Lawrence and fellow senior Jamel Jackson were dismissed from the Seton Hall basketball team on Feb. 12 for a violation of team rules “and an ongoing pattern of conduct unbecoming of a representative of Seton Hall athletics,” the official release stated.
It has been learned that both Lawrence and Jackson were laughing and joking during a practice session after a tough loss and that was the final straw in coach Kevin Willard’seyes.
Lawrence is the same player who last year was arrested for driving while intoxicated on the Garden State Parkway in Sayreville, driving in the wrong way of oncoming traffic and causing an accident that severely injured a Newark man. Lawrence was suspended for a while because of the accident (which has yet to be judicated), but actually showed up at the first game after the incident wearing a white suit, looking like the Good Humor man.
Lawrence told reporters on media day that he was truly sorry for the accident and wanted to make complete amends.
Another item on today’s sports police blotter. Elijah Dukes, a truly tormented soul who spent some time last summer with the Newark Bears, is being held in a Florida jail today, after his pregnant ex-girlfriend charged Dukes with aggravated battery. Dukes allegedly slapped the pregnant woman in the face.
He was also charged with driving with a revoked driver’s license and was wanted on a contempt of court warrant for failure to appear in court on another charge. The woman told Hillsborough County sheriff’s officers that she and Dukes were living in motels for days. The two had an argument and Dukes slapped her several times in the face.
Dukes was a high draft pick of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, but his career plummeted when he attacked an umpire during a minor league game in 2008. He was then traded to the Washington Nationals, where he had some success, but was released in April 2010, even though he was projected to be a starting outfielder for the Nats.
He resurfaced last July with the Newark Bears, where he spent less than a month. While blessed with an immense amount of talent, he spent his time in Newark as a surly, angry young man who was last seen walking out of Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium with his bags packed walking toward Route 21 after having an argument with Bears’ manager Tim Raines.
He never returned to the Bears after that day and this news appears on the wires today. Another case of immense talent going to complete waste.
One last thing for today. Justin Bieber gets a haircut and his barber gets 50K for selling the hair on E-Bay? Just another reason why the people in the Middle East despise Americans.