Four Penn State Athletes Charged In State Patty’s Day Fight
Two football players and two basketball players were charged with disorderly conduct stemming with a State Patty’s Day fight, State College police announced on Wednesday.
Football players Curtis Drake and Derrick Thomas and basketball players Taran Buie and Tre Bowman were all charged in association with the altercation which took place in Cedarbrook Apartments on the evening of February 28th.
Officers did not arrive to the complex in time to arrest the individuals at the time of the fight, but after posting pictures of surveillance video on their website, they were able to identify the men through tips from the community.
While this is Bowman’s first run-in with the law at Penn State, Drake, Thomas and Buie all have experience dealing with State College’s finest. Last summer, Buie was charged with underage drinking a month after he and Drake received disorderly conduct citations for a scuffle outside of McDonald’s during Arts Fest weekend.
Thomas, on the other hand, was listed on a search warrant this past October when roommate Sean Stanley was charged with marijuana possession. Thomas was suspended for two games in connection with the incident.
Buie was suspended from the basketball team indefinitely in December for unspecified reasons and Coach Ed DeChellis had not addressed his status with the team moving on as of his final press conference last week. This probably does not help matters any.
Drake was already going to miss time this summer due to breaking his leg again in practice last week, but this new charge may put him and Thomas back in Joe Paterno’s doghouse for good.