Five Minot State University Football Players Arrested On Drug Charges, One For Attempted Murder

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As reported by local CBS affiliate KXMC, five members of the Minot State University football team have been arrested on drug charges, including one who will reportedly face attempted murder charges for assaults on two officers that left one of them unconscious.

These are just the latest criminal charges being faced by student athletes in the North Dakota University System. In the past year, no fewer than 15 members of the North Dakota State University football team have been arrested and convicted for charges ranging from resisting arrest to alcohol to fraud. At the University of North Dakota several members of the men’s hockey team have also faced alcohol-related charges.

Earlier this week I wrote a post about student athletes in the basketball and football programs scoring significantly lower in cumulative GPA than other student athletes, and all athletes in general.

That data, combined with these arrest numbers, lead to a serious question: Are these athletes in college because they deserve to be there, or because the universities want to gain prestige by winning sporting contests?

Remember, the justification for collegiate sports (enterprises which almost universally lose money and must be heavily subsidized by tuition and/or taxpayer dollars) is that they build character for the students who participate. But is that really the case?

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Vugg

    sure glad we spend tax dollars on such fine role models for kids to imitate.

    • kevindf

      If only taxes were higher, things like this wouldn’t happen.(:(

  • Matthew Hawkins

    Sports can teach leadership and teamwork, but so can band, debate club, science competitions or any number of extracurricular activity.
    There is nothing that big time college sports does that a strong intramural program couldn’t do to teach the same values.

    • sbark

      Walter E. Williams on Black in Sports……….

      In sports, when have you heard a coach explain or excuse a black player’s poor performance by blaming it on a “legacy of slavery” or on that player’s being raised in a single-parent household? When have you heard sports standards called racist or culturally biased? I have yet to hear a player, much less a coach, speak such nonsense. In fact, the standards of performance in sports are just about the most ruthless anywhere. Excuses are not tolerated.

      Williams submits that since blacks have “demonstrated an ability to thrive in an environment of ruthless competition and demanding standards” like in sports, it stands to reason that there might be potential for “some gains” from implementing “a similar school environment.”

      More specifically, Williams speculates that if there were schools where students were “loaded up with homework, frequent tests and demanding, top-notch teachers” benefits would be obvious because “there would be no excuses for anything” and either “youngsters cut the mustard, or they’re kicked out and put into some other school.”
      ****
      ….now contrast that with Liberalism’s and its race baiters that treat blacks as if they cannot survive in life without govt and its many beuracrats to help them from cradle to grave……..and then we see the results in Minot N.Dak.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I agree.

  • RCND

    These 5 are now officially eligible for D1 scholarships at NDSU. Transfer paperwork is being processed

  • kevindf

    It’s just diversity; move along.

    • Matthew Hawkins

      Glad we could rely on you to bring race into this.

      • sbark

        No, I think he was talking about diversifying the gang culture that has grown from generational welfare, out of big inner cities by bringing “hernandez” types to small towns all across the nation.

      • kevindf

        Is that what “diversity” means to you?

        • Matthew Hawkins

          Than explain what you meant.

          • kevindf

            You didn’t answer my question.

          • Matthew Hawkins

            In other contexts no, but in this context I firmly believe it is what you meant.
            I don’t think you meant economic diversity, I don’t think you meant academic diversity.
            I firmly believe you were making a snide remark about race, but feel free to explain yourself.

          • Matthew Hawkins

            Crickets!!?

          • kevindf

            Diversity occurs naturally; it doesn’t need to be “furthered” or “celebrated” anymore than gravity does.

          • Matthew Hawkins

            That statement makes your original statement sound like even more BS. It doesn’t make sense.
            What did you mean by diversity in your original post?

          • kevindf

            I suspect your definition of diversity is a race and sex based spoils system, all instituted under the guise of “fairness.”

          • ec99

            Diversity and multiculturalism generally boil down to:
            Anyone white male- evil
            Anyone else- good

          • Matthew Hawkins

            Seems strange you can’t answer a simple question. But I think I know why.

          • Another guest passing through

            Kevin Flanagan. The master of the double-speak.

      • awfulorv

        Ah yes, ignore race in any , and all, violent crimes. Better yet, if you can find a white guy, or a white/ Hispanic, who regularly listens to Rush, or thinks Mitt Romney, or Sarah Palin, would have made a much better leader, than the fool in the White House, blame it on them.

    • sbark

      it was diverse………sounds like a couple of Minot players were white……..so your 100% correct. Problem is, there was no diversity in their thought process—ie right vrs wrong.

  • GameND

    As this happened a few blocks from my home, it is very personal for me. My thought and prayers are with the officer that was attacked.

  • Yukon

    Really, it’s Minot State, these aren’t great athletes, I could find better football and basketball players on the intramural fields at UND and NDSU. Look at the percentage of players that get in trouble, I would guess it’s less than 10%. It’s just a reflection of our society, in the private sector, 15% of your work force has similar troubles whether it’s alcohol, arrests or other problems.

    • Matthew Hawkins

      You really think 15% of the population is beating officers so badly they are charged with attempted murder.
      You are foolish.

      • Yukon

        I was referring to troubles in general, not necessarily violent, read the post.

        • Matthew Hawkins

          I did read the post. We are not talking about troubles in general, we are talking about a serious felony.
          I agree Rob should stop harping on underage drinking crimes when talking about athletes, especially since he doesn’t agree with them. They are committed by everybody.
          But your post is trying to give them a pass on fighting with police, that is not normal crime.

          • JoeMN

            This should definitely put to rest those college sports cheerleaders claims that Rob is just “picking on them”
            ___________
            I stand corrected.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            I do disagree with underage drinking laws. That doesn’t mean underage student athletes who break those laws and advise alcohol in general arent a problem.

          • Matthew Hawkins

            But I don’t think that athletes do it at any rate higher than the normal college population.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            I think student athletes at ND campuses are breaking the law at a higher rate than the rest if the population,

          • Matthew Hawkins

            I think so too. but I don’t they are drinking underage at a higher percentage.

      • awfulorv

        15% of the population, would listen to Calyso Louie , if push came to shove, so yeah, they’d be all for, except most black women, the very young, and the elderly, beating on their protectors, the cops.

    • realisssssssm

      Yukon, you’re a buffoon. The second 5 on the Beaver hoop team would beat the top intramural team at ‘SU or UND by 30 points (or more). And the COMBINED best 22 football players on the intramural fields at those same schools wouldn’t play Minot State within 30 points either. You have no idea. By the way, I’ve played intramural hoops and football at NDSU as well as two varsity sports at Minot State… what’s your point of reference…??

  • borborygmi45

    and they get to play next week after making bail.

  • Rick Olson

    All I can say is this … holy freaking cow!! All of this makes what those NDSU Bison players were caught doing over the years, pale in comparison with what’s alleged to have gone down up there in Minot. Of course, thoughts and prayers are with those who were attacked.

  • devilschild

    When they recruit players I wish they would remember that these athletes will be representing the state and anything they do is a reflection on the state.

    • Say It

      You hit the nail on the head. Playing sports for any team at the univeristy level, should be an honor.
      Now we have players who have dishonored the sports program. Time to let the judge (and maybe jury) determine their fate. Too bad Judge Judy could not be the presiding judge.

    • ec99

      You actually put your finger on it: “recruit players.” That is what coaches do. They aren’t looking for students or pillars of the community. If a rap sheet is longer than a transcript, that fine. As long as he can run a 4.3 hundred or hit 3-pointers.

      • ec99

        Make that 4.3 40.

        • awfulorv

          I’ve had a theory that there were many plains Indians who, in 1750 perhaps, were able to run a mile in 3:55 or so.
          In those days their captors were sporting enough to give their enemies a head start and, if they could outrun their pursuers, their life would be spared.
          Therein would be all the motive one needed to set records which, were they timed, I’m sure they did.

          • ec99

            No doubt. Why were so many great distance runners from Kenya?

      • awfulorv

        You could go to a “pick up” basketball tourney, played on an average bucket ball court in New Yok, and sign enough ball players to win championships in many of the higher ranked conferences. You’d need a body guard/tutor for each player, but you’d win a lot of games.

        • ec99

          What do you think most D I coaches do?

    • kevindf

      Whatever happened to putting academics first?

  • Hoth

    I’m kind of curious about how “assault on an officer” got elevated to attempted murder. No description of the event that I’ve found would appear to justify such a charge.

    • yy4u2

      Look at others on here calling it an attack on the officer. Who confronted who? Who chased who? And from the charges, probably smoking a weed that will grow in ND. The police military complex and the complacent sheeple calling for heads almost before the whole story comes out. It’s Amerika comrade.

    • Matthew Hawkins

      It may have started out as a fight, but at some point the officer was sent to the hospital seriously hurt.
      I don’t know what happened but if they continued to attack the officer when he was incapacitated it could certainly be attempted murder and I guarantee you that attacks on the police are treated more severely, as they should be.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I don’t know how it works with calling it attempted murder, but under ND law if you commit an assault while fleeing a cop it is automatically bumped to an A felony.

      12.1-17

      http://www.legis.nd.gov/cencode/t12-1c17.pdf

      • Hoth

        Do you know what the dividing line is between resisting arrest and assault on an officer? Is it a matter of how successful the perp is in resisting? Also, it there a source that you are aware of that has more details on this incident than the Minot Daily News does?

      • Hoth

        Finally, the detail that makes the attempted murder charge make sense comes out.

        From the Forum today-
        “A former Minot State University football player charged with attempted
        murder and assault following a scuffle with police beat an already
        unconscious officer’s head against a post, according to court documents.”

  • Tim Heise

    O they are just Kids. sarc.

  • JoeMN

    This should definitely put to rest those college sports cheerleaders claims that Rob is just “picking on them”

    • ec99

      Speaking of cheerleaders, anyone notice the Towson State cheerleaders were suspended for a year for hazing?

  • Harold Reimann

    I’d move to Leith but there’s already one black man there. I think New Leipzig may be all white. Will have to call my cousin.

  • awfulorv

    Perhaps it’s the Samson like mop of hair he’s so proud of that’s the cause of his antagonistic streak. More likely though, it’s some bad Meth, PCP, or Milwaukee’s Worst.

  • JNel43

    Hey Rob…three points of rebuttal to this article:
    1 – Do you have any hard evidence that college athletes commit crimes at a higher percentage than the student bodies of public Universities and Colleges in North Dakota? You cited 15 at NDSU (8 of which were in a once in a blue moon type of scandal that I will agree was not punished heavily enough, but representing about 15% of the team). Remember now that there are well over 600 student athletes just playing football in North Dakota (100+ at NDSU and UND, 85 or so at VCSU, Minot, Dicky, 75 at Science at 50 or so at DCB). If I had to guess judging from my experience in college (I actually attended and graduated from UND, so I have some feel for this), AT LEAST 15% (and probably more than that) of college kids have been cited for things like MIP, MIC, etc…
    2 – There is no excusing what this young man did, but violent crime among athletes is not a common occurance. You also can’t bring Travis Beck into this argument, as he was NOT CONVICTED of a violent crime. Also, there are several assaults/fights that happen on campuses across the state each year, but because they don’t involve athletes they don’t get reported. You only hear about the athletes because the media needs to sell newspapers.
    3 – This young man should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. He assaulted a cop, and that is inexcusable. That being said, I do still believe that the vast majority of college athletes are good people that work hard at what they do. Several of these students wouldn’t have access to college otherwise. Athletes also do a lot of positive in their communities (flood fighting, community service projects, camps, etc…), however I never see you highlight those instances here (as that wouldn’t make for very interesting reading for your target audience). We can argue whether or not colleges over-fund/emphasize athletics all we want somewhere else, however using this isolated incident to attack college sports in pretty weak in my mind. The next time a highway department employee goes postal and commits a crime, we better question funding of our DOT based on your line of reasoning.

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