Here’s the 911 audio placed by Univ. of Oregon student Max Wolfard, the victim of a burglary perpetrated by Oregon Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and former Oregon football player Garrett Embry in Wolfard’s fraternity house on the evening of Jan. 24.
The burglary, which Masoli and Embry pleaded guilty to last Friday, effective cost Embry his spot on the team and got Masoli suspended for the 2010 season.
Some excerpts from the audio:
Max Wolfard: “There were two men, one’s name is … Garrett Embry and the other was Masoli.”
Wolfard: “Masoli. … Jeremiah Masoli.”
Female voice in background: “He f—ing stole your computer!?”
UPDATE (5:25p ET): KOIN-TV reports that Masoli denied his involvement in the burglary he admitted to committing today to Oregon Coach Chip Kelly and Eugene Police:
(Masoli at his court appearance in Eugene today)
In an affidavit just provided to KOIN, Eugene police officer Julie Smith said that when she interviewed Masoli the day after the incident (Jan. 25), he denied being there.
Smith also said she spoke with head coach Chip Kelly on Feb. 2 and he said Masoli told him (Kelly) that he wasn’t at the fraternity house on the night of the incident.
That news may well have a significant impact on the discipline Masoli receives from Oregon football Coach Chip Kelly.
KOIN-TV in Eugene reports that today in Lane County Courthouse, Oregon Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and former Ducks player Garrett Embry each pleaded guilty to misdemeanor second degree burglary.
The presiding judge ordered both to pay restitution - in 10 days or less - of the property they stole from an Oregon fraternity house on Jan. 24. Both men were also sentenced to probation.
The PORTLAND OREGONIAN has details of the sentence: Read more…
At 8:30 AM Friday morning, Oregon starting quarterback and current 2010 Heisman Trophy candidate Jeremiah Masoli will be arraigned on a charge of second degree burglary in courtroom 305 at Lane County Circuit Court in Eugene, Oregon.
Masoli, who has a criminal past that includes a guilty plea to multiple, strong-armed robberies as a juvenile in 2005, is accused of what the state of Oregon classifies as a Class C felony.
164.215 Burglary in the second degree: a person commits the crime of burglary in the second degree if the person enters or remains unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime therein.
(2) Burglary in the second degree is a Class C felony.
If convicted of the felony charge, in lieu of his criminal past, Masoli could face significant jail time.
John Canzano of the PORTLAND OREGONIAN emailed me this afternoon to report that Oregon starting quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has been charged with one count of second degree burglary for his role in an incident at an Oregon fraternity house on Jan. 24.
Former Oregon player Garrett Embry has also been charged with one count of burglary. The two will be arraigned on Friday morning at the Lane County courthouse in Eugene, Oregon.
KVAL-TV has more details on the case. Read more…
John Hunt of the PORTLAND OREGONIAN reports Saturday:
Mere hours after Oregon coach Chip Kelly answered questions about his team’s slew of off-field troubles, Ducks linebacker Kiko Alonso was picked up for drunk driving.
“If a player doesn’t live up to the standards we have for the football program, then they’re not going to be here,” Kelly said Friday. “But I’m also not going to follow our kids around every Friday or Saturday night so I can see what happened to them.” Read more…
John Hunt and Jeff Smith of the PORTLAND OREGONIAN have an informative follow to the news of Oregon football player LaMichael James‘ incarceration:
(”We do a very good job educating those young men on the right things to do“)
James has been charged with fourth-degree assault, which is a misdemeanor that carries a potential one-year prison term, as well as with strangulation and menacing, both misdemeanors. He will be arraigned this afternoon.
According to Sgt. Tom Borchers of the Springfield Police Department, James was taken into custody Tuesday, a day after getting into a fight with his girlfriend.
James’ girlfriend, according to the police report, said the running back grabbed her around the neck and pushed her to the ground. She complained of pain to her neck and of abrasions from being pushed down in a parking lot.
This isn’t the first time James has been charged by cops with a form of battery. Before signing with the Oregon football program, James faced charges in 2008 of disorderly conduct and third-degree battery in Texas. The claims were dropped in 2009.
Now for the delightful response of Oregon Athletic Director Mike Bellotti to James and other legal problems currently facing Oregon football players:
Yet another notch on the police blotter for the Oregon football team, as the OREGON DAILY EMERALD reports today:
Oregon placekicker Rob Beard, 19, of Fullerton, Calif., was charged with fourth-degree assault by the Eugene Police Department on Tuesday because of his role in an incident on January 24.
According to Eugene police spokesperson Melinda Kletzok, the charge is a misdemeanor and not considered a felony. Beard has been cited in lieu of custody, which means he will not report to jail but rather attend a mandatory court appearance.
The assault charge stems from an altercation Beard had with Tavia Jo Ames, 19, of Eugene. Kletzok could not comment as to the exact nature of the altercation.
Perhaps not coincidentally, Beard’s alleged victim James is Facebook friends with Maurice Peterson. Peterson happens to be one of the men who later (allegedly) rearranged Beard’s face.
An Oregon-based source reported to me Sunday that the case involving a Univ. of Oregon student’s allegation that he had personal items stolen from his fraternity house room on Jan. 24 by Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has gone to a grand jury.
In a correspondence, my source claimed: “The grand jury has this in front of them. It will be difficult to charge Masoli, though it appears he probably was involved.”
Last week University of Oregon football players Garrett Embry and Jeremiah Masoli were accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of stuff from a frat house on the University of Oregon campus. The theft allegedly took place on Jan 24.
(Theft suspect Embry was expendable for Oregon Coach Chip Kelly)
Yesterday Oregon football coach Chip Kelly announced that Embry was, “dismissed from the program on Jan. 8 for a violation of team rules.”
Ken Goe of the PORTLAND OREGONIAN correctly observes that after the Embry alleged theft on Jan. 24, “Oregon officials refused to confirm he had been dismissed (from the team).”
But if he was dismissed on Jan. 8, why did Kelly wait until yesterday to announce it?
Greg Bolt of the EUGENE REGISTER-GUARD has a follow today on the recent theft incident at a Univ. of Oregon frat house. At least one report by a Eugene TV station yesterday indicated that Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was named in a report of the incident but that police did not consider him a suspect.
(Also revealed: Why ESPN isn’t covering Masoli story)
Not true, according to the Eugene Police Department spokesperson today.