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Six members of Motlow College’s basketball teams have been suspended from their athletic teams after being charged with possession of marijuana following a traffic stop in Shelbyville Sunday night.
According to the Shelbyville Times Gazette, all of the players – four men and two women – were charged after none admitted to possessing the drug.
Kerrell Deshun Davis, 20, Jalen Dion Blackwell, 19, Charles Andrew Waters, 20, and Jerron Allen Washington, 19, all of Memphis and members of the Motlow Bucks men’s team; along with Kinashia Ichelle Russell, 19, of Clarksville and Lekera Deshay Taylor, 20, of Chattanooga, who play for the Lady Bucks, were arrested near a convenience store in Shelbyville where police had seen what they considered suspicious activity moments earlier.
Davis was also charged with reckless driving and Blackwell with underage drinking. Most are listed in the arrest reports by Shelbyville police as living in one off-campus Tullahoma apartment building.
Jerry Nichols, Motlow athletic director who is also the Bucks’ head coach, provided this statement.
“Motlow College is aware that six student-athlete players were arrested in Bedford County,” he said. “Pending the ongoing investigation by local law enforcement, all six players have been suspended from their respective teams.
“The college will continue to monitor the situation and will take further action if necessary.”
While the Lady Bucks have struggled in their 4-14 season, the Bucks have a strong shot at reaching the upcoming National Junior College Athletic Association championship at Hutchinson, Kansas.
The Bucks are 16-3 overall with an 11-1 Tennessee Community College Athletic Conference Association record.
The Bucks have four players who average more than 10 points per game, but none were involved in the most recent arrest incident.
Davis is averaging 6.6 points per game, while Washington has been averaging 2.6, with Waters chipping in 2.4, according to Motlow College’s website.
According to the police reports, when the officer stopped the vehicle the players were in he stated that he “could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.”
Davis told the officer that there was no marijuana in the car, but changed his story and said there “might be some in the driver’s door but it was not his vehicle.” Davis told the officer that they had been to a party but left when a gun was pulled.
The owner of the vehicle, Russell, who was riding in the lap of the front passenger, refused to allow a search of the vehicle. The officers summoned assistance from a drug dog to assist. The dog alerted on the passenger’s side of the vehicle and located 1.49 grams of marijuana in the driver’s door.
None of the occupants claimed ownership of the marijuana.
Only one of the men is a semi-regular starter for Motlow, according to the school’s athletic website.