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Attorney For UM Commitment: “No Cause To Arrest”

Yesterday we told you that the national media was about to start focusing in on Ole Miss’ football program again… and again it would be over the legal troubles of a Rebel recruit.

As expected, the story has started making the rounds. 

The facts: Ole Miss commitment Tobias Singleton has been charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, felony mischief and simple assault.  He allegedly punched his 16-year-old girlfriend and then he and several family members allegedly did more than $3,000 damage to the girl’s mother’s car.

Those are the charges and allegations. 

Now consider the fact that since arriving in Oxford Houston Nutt has already signed Jamar Hornsby (dismissed from Florida after stealing and using a dead girl’s credit card) and Jeremiah Masoli (dismissed from Oregon for theft).  It’s rather obvious what the story is going to become, isn’t it? 

Well, now the attorney for Singleton is telling that family’s side of the story.  And it’s a whole lot different than the allegations made against them.

The statement from attorney O. Stephen Montagnet III is as follows:


“Tobias and his family absolutely deny the charges made against them, and it is extremely unfortunate that their names are being disparaged.  The charges stem from an incident on December 13, 2010 in which Tobias’ former girlfriend came to his apartment complex.  Tobias attempted to end the relationship he had with the girl.  The girlfriend became enraged.  She assaulted Tobias, and Tobias removed himself from the situation.  Witnesses confirm that the girlfriend then struck Tobias’ car with a tire jack.  Tobias took the tire jack away from her.  Family and friends then interceded and Tobias left the scene.  The ex-girlfriend then returned to her car and proceeded to ram Tobias’ car approximately four times causing extensive damage to both vehicles.  Police were called.  The girlfriend alleged that Tobias assaulted her and blamed the damage to her car on Tobias and his family.  After observing the girl and conducting interview, the police found there was no cause to arrest Tobias or any member of his family, but they were warned to stay away from the girl.  Tobias’ mother’s insurance company paid for the damage done to Tobias’ vehicle.  Approximately one month later, and after apologizing to Tobias and his family, the ex-girlfriend’s mother — who was not at the scene — filed charges against Tobias, his father, and his two brothers.  Tobias’ brothers had no interaction with the girl at any time on the day of the incident, and the father merely told the girl to drive away.  Neither Tobias, nor any of his family members, struck this girl or damaged her car.  We are hopeful that, upon a full investigation of the matter, these charges will be dismissed.  Tobias and his family considering their options with respect to these false charges.”


Sounds pretty convincing, no? 

Unfortunately, that’s not going to change the fact that this story will still be discussed across the talk radio world today.  Nutt will be taken to task again whether he deserves scrutiny over this players’ recruitment or not.

Welcome to our world in 2011.

If the Singleton family is innocent in all of this and they have witnesses to back up their side of the story, here’s hoping the girl and her mother are made to pay a pretty stiff price for filing false charges with the police.  It shouldn’t be so easy to damage the reputations of a young man, his family, a college coach recruiting him, and that coach’s entire football program.

Again, that’s if the attorney’s version of events is 100% correct.

Singleton is a four-star receiver prospect from Madison, Mississippi.

 


3 comments
James
James

No sweat. Love your website. You do a great job.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

James...

The first article was fair, too. The player was charged with crimes. We reported that. Only after those reports did his attorney release a statement. If the attorney had put out a statement more quickly we -- and I'm sure everyone else -- would have included those comments in yesterday's covereage.

Thanks for reading,
John

James
James

John, I appreciate this article. Much more fair to everyone. Let the chips fall were they may.

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