Bumped. GO BRUINS. -N
Well the story about Masoli being acused of stealing MacBooks surfaced last Janauary. This afternoon there are reports that Masoli might be formally charged:
Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and former wide receiver Garrett Embry have been charged in connection with a fraternity house theft in January, according to multiple Eugene television stations.
The Oregonian broke the news of the players' alleged involvement in the Jan. 24 incident at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house.
Keep in mind last month the other half of Oregon's explosive backfield - LaMichael James - was charged with domestic violence. James was "charged with assault-4, which is a misdemeanor that carries a potential one-year prison term, as well as strangulation and menacing."
It will be very interesting to see how it all shakes up. Oregon Ducks were favorites for next year's Pac-10 title before all these stories broke this off-season. They still might end up being favorites and have lots of talented athletes in their roster but no doubt whether these two guys will be available next season will have an impact on rest of the league.
UPDATE (N): From SportsbyBrooks:
Before he arrived in Eugene to played football for the Ducks, Masoli served time for multiple armed robberies at a northern California juvenile detention center in 2005.
The Masoli and Embry charges today come just hours after it was reported that Oregon starting running back LaMichael James would “change” his not guilty plea stemming from charges of strangulation, fourth degree assault and menacing by a female companion.
Didn't know about Masoli's background. Yikes. GO BRUINS.
UPDATE II (N): This is interesting considering Chip Kelly didn't impose any kind of punishment on Masoli when the story first broke. Wonder what information Masoli provided Chip at the time. So this could get even messier for the Ducks if it turns out that Masoli wasn't truthful with Chip when the story broke in January. GO BRUINS.
Oregon senior quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was sentenced to 12 months probation and 140 hours of community service after he pleaded guilty to a felony second-degree burglary charge, which in a plea agreement was reduced to a misdemeanor.
Former UO receiver Garrett Embry, appearing with his former quarterback, entered a joint guilty plea in their appearance in a Lane County court room this afternoon. Both were ordered by Lane County Circuit Judge Maurice Merten to pay restitution for stealing goods worth more than $5,000 from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house, according a statement by the prosecutor.
Masoli’s arraignment came just five hours after UO running back LaMichael James pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of physical harassment in the same court room. James received a two-year probation and a 10-day jail sentence, though he likely won’t serve any more jail time.
UO coach Chip Kelly had said he would announce disciplinary action—assuming there will be some—later today.
We will see how Chip Kelly deals with this.
UPDATE IV (N): It looks like Masoli has been suspended for the entire season while LaMichael James has been suspended for one game. I thought the decision on James was interesting because the original charges sounded so serious. Guess we will have to see whether Masoli actually remains suspended for the entire season. Still Kelly's handling of these issues is dramatically different from anything we saw from Chetey Petey. He gets high marks in my book. GO BRUINS.