Louisville senior guard Jerry Smith and sophomore big-man Terrence Jennings were arrested last night outside a nightclub in Jeffersonville, IN on charges of resisting arrest and released, according to the university.
I know what you’re asking yourself – how do you get arrested for resisting arrest? Don’t you have to be charged with something to resist the arrest in the first place? Well according to a few lawyers I have contacted, that is not the case in the state of Indiana. Something as simple as a noise disorder, disorderly conduct and loitering can be spun into a resisting arrest charge based on the cooperation of the people being questioned.
There are grumblings that there was a fight outside of Kye’s in Jeffersonville during or after a university alumni function where 2 undercover police officers approached a large group of people, including Smith and Jennings. The officers were not in normal uniforms and were allegedly disrespected in some form or fashion. This led to the arrest of both Jennings, Smith and multiple other people for “resisting arrest”. One person close to the matter said officers were forced to use their “taser” more than once will conducting arrest although I can’t confirm 100% that one of the players was the victim of said “taser”. However, I can confirm that both players were not under the influence of alcohol.
One of our frequent commenters on LSB, Louisville SID Kenny Klein confirmed that the players were released and coach Rick Pitino said in a statement that the matter will be dealt with internally. Both Smith and Jennings are expected to start for the Cards, who officially open basketball practice Thursday. This is just an opinion, but I would be very surprised if either were forced to miss any action.
Did the officers use excessive force in this matter? Were the players in the wrong place at the wrong time? Why the hell was there a fight at a university function? These are all questions that I will attempt to find the answers to and pass them off to you as soon as I hear something. Stay tuned to LSB for more details or any new developments…