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Tide RB Kenyan Drake arrested, charged

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Imagine that; the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker set back to double zeroes shortly after the end of a holiday.

Anyway, the latest college football player to reset the arrest clock is Alabama’s Kenyan Drake, who al.com reports was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with one count of obstructing government operations. What exactly led to that rather odd charge is unclear, although the website does provide a nifty and handy definition/description of the charge.

(a) A person commits the crime of obstructing governmental operations if, by means of intimidation, physical force or interference or by any other independently unlawful act, he:

– (1) Intentionally obstructs, impairs or hinders the administration of law or other governmental function; or

– (2) Intentionally prevents a public servant from performing a governmental function.

(b) This section does not apply to the obstruction, impairment or hindrance of the making of an arrest.

(c) Obstructing governmental operations is a Class A misdemeanor.

Alabama officials have yet to publicly comment on Drake’s situation.

In 2013, Drake was second on the team with 694 yards rushing and eight touchdowns while averaging a team-best 7.5 yards per carry. He also caught 12 passes out of the backfield for 135 yardss and another touchdown.  Heading into the 2014 season, however, Drake is expected to be behind a pair of preseason Heisman favorites – T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry – in the running game pecking order.

A four-star member of the Tide’s 2012 recruiting class, Drake was rated as the No. 13 running back in the country coming out of high school in Powder Springs, Ga.

UPDATED 11:39 a.m. ET: Now we know (a little bit more of) the rest of the story.   According to the Tuscaloosa News, “Drake was arrested early Saturday after ignoring police orders to stay away from a crime scene.”

Tuscaloosa police officers shot a man who they witnessed shoot another man. Despite the presence of crime scene tape, the running back went into a parking lot where the shootings occurred. Drake’s car was parked in that parking lot.

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24 Responses to “Tide RB Kenyan Drake arrested, charged”
  1. woebegong says: Jul 5, 2014 10:32 AM

    If he was indeed arrested near the campus, you know it had to be serious. Usually cases like that, if they are minor, are turned over for Coach Saban to handle, rather than having a public media show circus, and the extra scrutiny of the public as long as it isn’t something serious.

  2. deerussel says: Jul 5, 2014 10:53 AM

    GEE WHAT A HUGE SHOCK….THE “SEC”…..AND YET ANOTHER OF THERE THUGS

  3. dcollins22585 says: Jul 5, 2014 10:53 AM

    I see somebody sitting out the first series of a future game. Very serious.

  4. jrs45 says: Jul 5, 2014 11:28 AM

    Your guys’ comments are ridiculous. Seriously.

  5. dcroz says: Jul 5, 2014 12:05 PM

    Gotta love all those comments from those jumping the gun and assuming Drake had committed an act of thuggery…and it turns out he crossed crime scene tape to get to his car. Yep, such violence.

  6. Jerry says: Jul 5, 2014 12:09 PM

    The more I read the smaller this incident appears. It could be merely that the RB went into the lot to get his car after being told to not go there by an officer. Tuscaloosa police have traditionally taken a tough attitude towards football players at crime scenes. Hardly a hanging offense.

  7. ducksk says: Jul 5, 2014 12:16 PM

    Oops a daisy.

  8. psly2124 says: Jul 5, 2014 12:17 PM

    This doesn’t sound like just crossing yellow tape to get a car. There is more to this story either he knows the victim or the assailant. Neither of which is a crime by itself. I will wait til the full story comes out but it does seem fishy.

  9. slashmcgurkin says: Jul 5, 2014 12:40 PM

    I think arrogance got its talons in this talented dude. He was already in the doghouse for reasons unknown. Drake did pretty good for us all year and then didn’t see the ball in the Sugar Bowl. Wouldn’t surprise me if that’s the last we’ve seen of him because he thought he was above a police investigation.

  10. gradysez2014 says: Jul 5, 2014 12:49 PM

    This is a “nothing” deal and will be dropped with a reprimand and promise to not do it again…. Lesson learned the hard way .

  11. dmarado says: Jul 5, 2014 1:43 PM

    Should’ve used sec speed to get his car.

  12. seanb20124 says: Jul 5, 2014 3:51 PM

    Sounds like he needed to get something out of his car, and over zealous cops arrested him for not clearing out quick enough to their liking

  13. psly2124 says: Jul 5, 2014 4:25 PM

    An over zealous us cop, you have got to be kidding me. It’s a murder scene, he could of contaminated a scene and any evidence could have been thrown out. It called having ok respect for authority and thinking that the world revolves around his big head.

  14. rolltide510 says: Jul 5, 2014 5:01 PM

    “psly2124 says:
    Jul 5, 2014 12:17 PM
    This doesn’t sound like just crossing yellow tape to get a car. There is more to this story either he knows the victim or the assailant. Neither of which is a crime by itself. I will wait til the full story comes out but it does seem fishy.”

    Hey look, the full story came out and your assumptions were total BS, imagine that…

  15. barkleyblows says: Jul 5, 2014 6:43 PM

    Stay classy $ECheat!!

    Typical thug and jailhouse conference

  16. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 5, 2014 9:02 PM

    I’m sure Nick will suspend him for a play in their game against Southeast Georgia State Technical College to teach him a lesson.

    Let’s face it….if a police officer tells you to do something like not cross the tape to get your car then you don’t it. Either find another way home or change your plans. You don’t get to disregard police orders just because you’re a football player.

  17. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Jul 5, 2014 11:37 PM

    The city of Tuscaloosa will be able to build a new stadium with all the money they get from the Alabama football team!

  18. mvktr2 says: Jul 6, 2014 4:23 AM

    Translation:
    Contempt of Cop, usually called Disorderly Conduct or Interfering with Official Duties, depending on jurisdiction/nuance of the situation.

  19. Walk says: Jul 6, 2014 7:09 AM

    The obstructing operations charge can be something as minor as flashing headlights to warn approaching cars to a traffic check point or to warn motorists officer running radar. I rarely write that ticket, in fact i have not written one for obstructing operations since 2010 and it was for alerting other motorists to a dui check point.

  20. bamabelle3 says: Jul 6, 2014 10:46 AM

    All you YAHOO DAs who continue to refer to the SEC and it’s players as “THUGS” need a lesson in life! Just because he is in the SEC, or the south, does not constitute being a “THUG”. However, all of you who continue to call them that are showing your incredible lack of intelligence and typical yankee racist views! …And btw “DEERUSSELL”…the word is THEIR…..as in “their team”…..THERE refers to a place…..as in “OVER THERE”!

  21. bamabelle3 says: Jul 6, 2014 10:48 AM

    …correction…. who continue to refer to the SEC and ITS players….(yahoo needs an edit button!)

  22. senoreno says: Jul 6, 2014 2:37 PM

    Very smart..contaminating the scene of a murder. Have some respect..someone was just killed

    With that said..maybe it’s just he has a low iq. I don’t know where A finds their football players, but it’s sad to think we have a group of people who have such backwards thinking.

  23. dhardy8207 says: Jul 7, 2014 9:06 AM

    The hypocrisy on here is astounding, but then again whats new. When any team sits at the top there are always going to be haters. Ironic that some of you always comment on SEC players but yet totally avoid other threads about player’s having runins with the law such as the following.

    “7/2/2014 — Central Michigan wide receiver Andrew Flory was charged with two misdemeanor counts of second degree retail fraud and one count of marijuana possession; defensive back Ryan Oruche was charged with two misdemeanor counts of second degree retail fraud and one felony count of unarmed robbery.”

    “7/2/2014 — North Texas linebacker Sed Ellis and tight end Chris Loving charged with misdemeanor theft.”

    “Report: OSU DL Tracy Sprinkle charged with cocaine possession”
    Now Exhibit A:

    “psly2124 says:Jul 5, 2014 12:17 PM
    “This doesn’t sound like just crossing yellow tape to get a car. There is more to this story either he knows the victim or the assailant. Neither of which is a crime by itself. I will wait til the full story comes out but it does seem fishy.”

    In response to another poster this was posted:

    “psly2124 says:Jul 5, 2014 4:25 PM
    An over zealous us cop, you have got to be kidding me. It’s a murder scene, he could of contaminated a scene and any evidence could have been thrown out. It called having ok respect for authority and thinking that the world revolves around his big head.”

    Now the same individual posted this comment on the thread regarding a Buckeye player being popped for what originally was reported as heroin:

    “psly2124 says:Jul 5, 2014 8:10 PM
    Plenty of athletes use it. It cheaper then oxys.”

    Perfect!… Player from the SEC is arrested for a class A misdemeanor and he’s a “thug” yet a player from another conference is caught with drugs that warrant a felony charge and its okay, “a lot of athletes use it”…..

  24. friarjack61 says: Jul 7, 2014 9:53 AM

    In his mind, the football player is more important than an officer, who is not as noteworthy on campus. BMOC vs. cop !

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