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Walmart food caper nets Wazzu player an arrest

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Three separate incidents in a little over a month have resulted in the arrests of two Washington State football pla… check, that, make it four incidents and three players in that same time span.

The latest Cougar to find himself on the wrong side of the law — and squarely in head coach Mike Leach‘s doghouse — is defensive tackle Austin Brown, who according to the Moscow-Pullman Daily News was arrested late last Friday night at a local Walmart.  Brown was charged with third-degree theft, with the items allegedly stolen being valued at a little over $50.

Those items, the Daily Evergreen wrote, included ” two gallons of milk, a bag of potato chips, strudel pastries, and a box of frozen corn dogs.”  The student paper went on to point out that “the groceries were still in Brown’s vehicle at the time of his arrest.”

(Writer’s note: I believe it’s this point in the program where I’m compelled to note the free labor utilized by the NCAA and its member institutions as well as the movement to unionize the sport.)

Brown took a redshirt for his true freshman season in 2012 before playing sparingly last season.  He was a late addition to Leach’s first Wazzu recruiting class.

Earlier Wednesday, it was reported that cornerback Daquawn Brown was arrested on a pair of assault charges — one of which is a felony — over the weekend.  Additionally, it was reported that Brown had been arrested in early February for driving without a valid license.

Both the Browns, neither of whom is related, could be facing dismissal as there are a trio of Leach no-nos that usually trigger a forced departure: violence against women, stealing and drug use.

Along with those two, wide receiver Gabe Marks is facing a charge of, among others, assault stemming from an incident in mid-February.

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23 Responses to “Walmart food caper nets Wazzu player an arrest”
  1. ballsoharduniversity52 says: Mar 12, 2014 10:17 PM


  2. thefiesty1 says: Mar 12, 2014 10:34 PM

    The pirate may make them walk the plank.

  3. chinahand11 says: Mar 12, 2014 10:34 PM

    Don’t they feed those boys?

  4. noleitup says: Mar 12, 2014 10:36 PM

    Man you know things are tough when youre stealing milk and corn dogs. I dont think college players should make millions but at least give these dudes $600 walmart gift cards every month. That should cover food and the occasional gift to yourself

  5. titansbro says: Mar 12, 2014 10:45 PM

    Stealing groceries. Damn. If it was out if necessity then that’s sad.

  6. mrlaloosh says: Mar 12, 2014 11:15 PM

    Craig James is flabbergasted!

  7. huskersrock1 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:29 PM

    “(Writer’s note: I believe it’s this point in the program where I’m compelled to note the free labor utilized by the NCAA and its member institutions as well as the movement to unionize the sport.)”

    This is the point where I mention he receives free tuition, free room, insurance, great food at the athletes table, free athletic training etc.

    What an embarrassment.

  8. trollaikman8 says: Mar 13, 2014 12:16 AM

    You gotta eat more when you’re stoned. (Washington)

  9. Professor Fate says: Mar 13, 2014 12:22 AM

    The stuff listed hardly adds up to $20. What else did Brown need so badly he had to steal? Should college football players qualify for food stamps?

    Something sadly ironic about someone stealing food (out of necessity?) from a retailer that pays so poorly it encourages its employees to apply for government assistance. Oh, wait, is that McDonald’s? Hard to keep track of the robber barons these days.

  10. fahmundamahbalsaq says: Mar 13, 2014 3:42 AM

    (*Insert corn dog joke here)

  11. gripless says: Mar 13, 2014 4:24 AM

    Quit feeling sorry for these bums, they stole. How the hell that equates to giving them money for the poor student athlete is pathetic. I’m sure he could have gone to the cafeteria where the food is FREE.

    Make an example out of this bum. His education is FREE people, wake the hell up and get off this pity bullshit!

  12. patriottony says: Mar 13, 2014 5:16 AM

    JUST STOP IT RIGHT NOW,,,you try to make these kids as standing on a corner with a tin cup….WRONG…all their meals,,food, housing transportation and OH yeah…..4 yr degree at a major college is FREEEEEEEE. You mean their parents dont even tsend them a cpl hundred a month in “WAM”….the food items are snacks for his dorm room..corn dogs,,toaster strudels. This is the OPPOSITE of what you are claiming. These kids get HUGE ego’s,,and think,,yooo I’m not gonna get in trouble. JUST STOP that we need to pay them. The football players at DUKE for example total package for 4 years is $300,000,,,,in total compensation

  13. seanb20124 says: Mar 13, 2014 5:56 AM

    Even if athletes were paid, these stories of petty thefts would still occur. greed

  14. unclebuckdabs says: Mar 13, 2014 7:59 AM

    I guess he didn’t have the chest for LSU

  15. normtide says: Mar 13, 2014 8:38 AM

    Man, the Pac is on fire lately!

    Husker, awesome post.

  16. dhardy8207 says: Mar 13, 2014 8:40 AM

    I agree that this is sad when a young man has to steal food. My son played basketball on scholarship for a military school and they got three meals a day. Unfortunately, once they got through the line they barely had time to eat. I used to spend a small fortune every month subsidizing his meals with things he could fix in his room. He had a small electric kettle to boil water for things like noodles and a small electric hot plate that he had to kept hid from their task sargeant. Their super meal was served around 4 pm daily and then they had practice every evening at 6. He would be starving after working out at practice and once a military kitchen is closed, you either had to have your own stash or you went without.

    People do desperate things when they are hungry… Sad he had to steal….

  17. noplanb1 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:12 AM

    for the love of god people, not every athlete gets a scholarship! some get full, some get part, some get none. also, it’s very tough to get a part time job too and still be able to put in the workload needed to excel in their sport.

  18. slaugin says: Mar 13, 2014 9:13 AM

    Not gonna lie….I’ve stolen groceries in college

  19. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 13, 2014 10:23 AM

    I see a trip to the closet in the future for this young man….

    The other guy is getting booted… can’t hit a woman… simple as that.

  20. bsmb says: Mar 13, 2014 10:45 AM

    While I think players should be compensated because there is a lot of money going in the wrong places, these players never have it bad enough where they have to steal. All scholarship players get an on campus meal plan plus a monthly stipend to spend on food and other necessities for their residence. A lot of greed in college football from everyone. That is why I watch more NFL. At least they don’t try to hide it.

  21. iangas33 says: Mar 13, 2014 12:25 PM

    The one kid steals FOOD…and the other two assaulted people. How are those even comparable?

  22. ukviking1 says: Mar 13, 2014 12:39 PM

    Whether they are Scholly players are not, every athlete eats at the athletes table. They all get fed quality food to keep those engines running. Every time I see athletes on TV, or even around campus, they have team apparral on. One trainer on a team said on a doc about their athletic dept, there is always food, snacks, between meals, especially after practices, for athletes to eat. The Band doesn’t have a training table or a contract with Nike, Adidas, Under Armor, or whoever, for clothing and shoes! There is never a need for an athlete to do that….ever.

  23. dmcgrann says: Mar 13, 2014 11:47 PM

    I frankly don’t know how the meal plan for scholarship athletes at my alma mater works, or what the NCAA rules are. I do know that the athletes get “training table” food, and if they equate any of it to regular meal plans, all of the plans allow the participants a certain amount of dollars to spend “freestyle” outside of regular dining hall hours. The campus has food service until at least 11 p.m. from several choices, and has contracts with places like Papa John’s and Jimmy John’s off campus that will deliver food and accept the “dining dollars”. That’s a small school, too. There’s not any excuse for stealing food from Wal-Mart, even if the university runs a free shuttle there and back for you.

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