Unfortunately, the downward spiral of a promising young defensive player continues this evening.
In mid-August, linebacker Trent Mackey was indefinitely suspended by Tulane after being charged with armed robbery. A little over five weeks later, Mackey is back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Mackey was arrested Monday and charged with one count of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling. The arrest stemmed from an incident in early August, prior to the armed robbery charge but after the July incident that led to the first charge (confused yet?).
The alleged victim told police that he woken up by an unknown male, later identified as Mackey, in his home the evening of Aug. 4. When Mackey realized that an individual in the house was awake, he fled the scene, reportedly taking an iPhone, two men’s wristwatches and about $70 in cash.
The school has yet to comment on the latest development, although it’s hard to see the redshirt senior’s brief time remaining at the school continuing past this week.
Mackey was a first-team all-conference selection last season and finished second in the league in tackle per game (12.1). Prior to the start of 2012, Mackey was named the preseason Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year.