The University of Memphis Tigers have a long and rich history filled with NCAA tournaments, rankings and even a pair of national title game appearances (though, unfortunately, no titles yet).
But the program also a well-publicized history of internal problems. The latest, the Commercial-Appeal argues, is the number of former Memphis players who have been accused of drug-trafficking.
The newspaper recalls Joe Jackson, the recruit who opted to stick with Memphis rather than follow John Calipari to Kentucky.
A few days ago, Jackson was charged with with possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture, distribute or sell. He was also accused of possession of a firearm while committing a felony, the paper reported.
Former Memphis Tiger Clyde Wade has also made the news: he was recently indicted for money laundering and possession with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin.
Another former Memphis Tiger, Scooter McFadgon, was described as a “high-level distributor” of drugs when he was not long ago indicted in the “Cocaine Cowboy” enforcement operation.
The list goes on: Former Tiger point guard Andre Allen was charged with possession and intent to sell marijuana when he was arrested in 2014. Other former Memphis Tigers arrested on drug charges include William Bedford (the center was a first round NBA draft pick) and the late Shawne Williams.
Few people ever find fame, but everyone in America has the same rights when it comes to criminal accusations. Those rights include a presumption of innocence and the right to representation by a criminal defense attorney.