We finally have some information on the St. Francis suspensions of Brent Jones, Wayne Martin, Anthony White and P.J. Santavenere.
According to Pat O’Keefe of News 12 Brooklyn, Martin and White were arrested last week — Martin for an 2012 incident where he was charged with forcible touching and sexual abuse and White for assault with intent to cause physical injury for allegedly choking somebody.
According to O’Keefe, White was charged with slapping and choking a 20-year-old in a dorm room. He was released with a temporary restraining order and is due back in court on March 24th. Police are also looking to question a 23-year-old, believed to be Santavenere, in connection to the rape of the 20-year-old.
O’Keefe wasn’t sure what Jones’ connection was to all of this as police have no record of his arrest.
When contacted for comment, St. Francis would not say if or when any of the four players would return to action. They wouldn’t even say if any of the four are still enrolled at the school. They simply gave a “no comment…pending the outcome of the investigation.”
None of the players involved responded when the Brooklyn Eagle reached out to them this week. For what it’s worth, Martin posted the following comment to his Facebook page, “All of these allegations and rumor (sic) are not true .. I wouldn’t still be in school if they were true.”
It’s unclear at this point if there is any connection between Martin’s arrest and White’s arrest.
This is obviously horrible news for the St. Francis men’s basketball team. This has been their most successful season in years and it appeared they could potentially reach the NCAA tournament for the first time in the school’s history. Without these four players their chances take a major hit. In their first game without these four players, they were blown out by Robert Morris 72-50 in a game that should have been competitive.
The Terriers are currently 15-10 overall and 6-4 in the Northeast Conference, which is good for a third place tie. They have six regular season games left on their schedule including one upcoming against LIU Brooklyn at the Barclays Center.