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WMU RB Tasered, arrested, suspended following domestic dispute

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An off-the-field incident has landed a Western Michigan player in hot water with both the police and his coaching staff.

According to mlive.com, Tevin Drake was arrested Aug. 1 and slapped with multiple charges following an alleged domestic incident in Brooksville, Fla.  Those charges include domestic battery, resisting with violence, resisting without violence and battery of a law enforcement officer.

The newspaper obtained an online police report of the incident, and here’s a recap of what transpired very early the morning of Aug. 1.  And, yes, a Tasering was involved:

The release states that officers responded at 12:33 a.m. on Aug. 1 to a residence in Brooksville, Fla., in reference to a battery, where a woman told officers Drake battered her.

The press release says Drake became uncooperative and combative as he pushed an officer out of a doorway before fleeing on foot. After a 20-minute foot pursuit Drake returned to the original residence and resisted officers, who used a Taser to subdue Drake before transporting him to the Hernando County Jail, where he is held without bond.

As a result of the incident, the running back has been suspended indefinitely by head coach P.J. Fleck, the school confirmed in a statement.  His future won’t be determined until the legal process has run its course.

“He made a very very poor choice,” Fleck said. “I am so proud of his progress he had made up until that decision. We hadn’t had one issue with Tevin in seven months. He really bought into this program, but it shows one decision can truly turn around your entire future. I think it’s important for our football program to see that, even with an elite player like himself. It’s not like he was some guy that never played and it’s easy to get rid of him. We’re going to suspend him indefinitely. 

“I talk to him almost daily and we have elite conversations and he understands everything and truly takes accountability for it. … You can make your life what it is, but you’re going to make mistakes and there will be consequences for them. How long, I’m not sure. We’re going to gather all of the facts and wait for the legal process to take its course.”

In 2012, Drake was fourth on the team in rushing with 107 yards.

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10 Responses to “WMU RB Tasered, arrested, suspended following domestic dispute”
  1. thegamecocker says: Aug 11, 2013 4:15 PM

    Gee, not one issue in seven months…..what an achievement for this miscreant, this thug, who has absolutely no respect of the law or those who are paid to enforce it. And this is what our low standards now consider a “scholar-athlete”. Not in my world…..throw the book at this piece of garbage.

  2. noaxetogrind says: Aug 11, 2013 4:46 PM

    @ “your handle says it all”, while I agree with you that gamecocker’s comments are on the harsh side, just curious how you make the leap to “racist”. What is there is his post that indicates that? Racism is an ugly thing and should be confronted on every level. Unfortunately however, many folks such as you, use the race card whenever they encounter something they don’t like or agree with. The only thing worse than racism is when people wrongly and falsely make accusations of such, thereby reducing the resources and energy that are available to fight the real cases of racism. Why don’t you actually go out and meet some minority people. Most of them are actually pretty sharp and don’t neeed somebody like you defending them. Try reading Arthur Ashe’s Days of Grace and gain some perspective.

  3. eagles512 says: Aug 11, 2013 5:18 PM

    107 yards and he’s elite?

  4. thegamecocker says: Aug 11, 2013 7:58 PM

    @noaxetogrind

    Thank-you! Arthur Ashe was a role model for every person on the face of the earth. I stand by my post above. I call it as I see it regardless of race, creed, color, religion, gender, or any other descriptor you want to use as a benchmark. The Gamecocker

  5. imaduffer says: Aug 11, 2013 8:31 PM

    @thegamecocker,

    “Not in my world…” and just what world do you live in? Do you coach youth sports? Do you mentor children with disablities? Do you volunteer to feed the poor? Just what world do you live in?

  6. jackvcr says: Aug 11, 2013 9:51 PM

    Get rid of the piece of shit. Once a woman beater, always a woman beater. I hope the battered woman’s big brother owns a baseball bat.

  7. thegamecocker says: Aug 11, 2013 10:24 PM

    @imaduffer

    What’s my “world”? It’s a world where people don’t assault women and respect the law! it’s a world where a being a scholar/athlete is a priviledge that carries with it responsibilities of being a good citizen and abiding by the rules. It’s a world that values the educational process. Is that too much to ask? Why don’t you get your fat ass off the golf course and write something that inspires young people instead of asking me what my world is!

  8. seanb20124 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:41 AM

    Criminals always return to the scene of the crime. Thought that was just some old saying

  9. thegonz13 says: Aug 12, 2013 9:49 AM

    Funny how he ran for more yards from the police than from actual opponents…

  10. noaxetogrind says: Aug 12, 2013 10:30 AM

    @ paulhargis: you sir are incredible. Why can’t we all be blessed with your insight and all knowing intellect. I didn’t realize that the term “thug” whenever used was a code word for African-American. Weird thing is I bet a lot of other people don’t make that automatic association either. I bet most people don’t look for ways to interject race into a situation in order to create a self serving inflammatory situation. Most people absent of hard evidence or a pro-longed past history just judge a situation on it’s own merits. Here is the truly odd thing, you are making at best, an assumption based on perhaps your own racists stereotypical thought process. However here is what is not an assumption or opinion. You have a predisposition to assail people whose opinions you don’t like by calling them derisive and offensive sexual terms. Terms that are so inappropriate that at times your names have to be deleted. Surely sir, you see the glass house you are living in.

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