Duke walk-on Hud Mellencamp facing felony battery charge

Hude Mellencamp DukeDuke walk-on sophomore cornerback Hud Mellencamp, the son of recording artist John Cougar Mellencamp, is facing felony battery charges for an alleged assault that took place in July in his native Indiana, according to the Charlotte Observer.

19-year-old Hud, his 18-year-old brother Speck, and 18-year-old Ty Smith (the son of Indiana University’s baseball coach) are accused of jumping three men in front of a Bloomington, Ind., home on July 29. An arrest warrant was issued Thursday by the Bloomington Police Department for all three men, who are each facing a single felony assault charge.

The Observer says Speck told police that he attended a party at the house earlier in the night and was struck by a guy while breaking up a fight between two women who were arguing over him. After rounding up his brother and Smith, Speck returned to the home where they confronted the alleged victim, who was sitting on the porch of the home with two friends. The alleged victim tells police he asked the men “Can I help you?” and was punched by Speck. Hud and Smith allegedly joined in and kicked and beat up the alleged victim. Other men living in the house came out to break up the fight, and once the alleged victim was back on his feet, Speck knocked him down and beat him up some more. The other people broke up the fight and say the trio ran away.

The alleged victim reportedly suffered facial fractures that required stitches and the attention of a plastic surgeon.

Duke coach David Cutcliffe told The Observer in an email that he was aware of the charges and was allowing Mellencamp to Indiana to handle the matter. Hud, by the way, is a two-time Golden Gloves boxing champion in Indiana and a Junior Olympics state boxing champion, according to his Duke bio.

Photo: Twitter/Hud Mellencamp

Jason Mayhem Miller facing domestic violence charge after arrest

Jason Mayhem MillerTroubled MMA fighter Jason “Mayhem” Miller was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department on Sunday following an incident with a woman the day before.

According to information from the sheriff’s department provided to MMA Mania and other outlets, a woman called police on Saturday to say she was the victim of a domestic violence incident. The woman said the incident occurred after she found a text message on Miller’s phone.

The sheriff’s department told MMA Mania that the woman’s injuries included “multiple bruises covering both arms and both legs, laceration and bleeding above right eyebrow (approx. 1.5″ wide), and laceration to the right side of face (approx. 1.5″ wide). No property or weapons involved.”

Deputies were unable to contact Miller on Saturday to get his statement. They did find him early Sunday morning after responding to a call about a loud party at 5:30 a.m. in Mission Viejo, Calif. Miller supposedly was outside his home, yelling at neighbors. He was arrested based on the allegations from the day before.

Miller was released from jail on Monday after posting $50,000 bond.

Miller is 28-9 in his career and has not fought in over a year. He sparked a postfight brawl at Strikeforce: Nashville in 2010 after entering the cage and asking Jake Shields for a rematch. He was also arrested for a bizarre naked church romp last year.

DC Assault co-founder Curtis Malone arrested in heroin investigation

Curtis Malone DC AssaultCurtis Malone, the co-founder and president of the reputable DC Assault AAU basketball team, was arrested in connection with a DEA heroin investigation, the Washington City Paper reports.

Malone founded DC Assault in 1993. The program has produced nine McDonald’s All-Americans, including Duke’s Nolan Smith and Kentucky’s Keith Bogans. Michael Beasley and Jeff Green are other notable players to pass through the program (full alumni list here).

According to the City Paper, Malone was arrested Friday in D.C. as part of a year-long DEA investigation. Court documents say agents found a kilo of cocaine, 100 grams of suspected heroin, a handgun, and items associated with heroin sales. Malone and another alleged dealer have been charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Malone lives in Maryland. Officers reportedly pulled over a customers who had visited Malone’s home, and they allegedly found a kilo of cocaine in his car.

Malone was convicted of selling crack cocaine in 1991 and served three months in jail. He is the same AAU coach who wired Jamar Samuels money last year, leading Kansas State to sit the forward for its NCAA Tournament game against Syracuse. Malone was also sued in 2011 by Beasley, who alleged the coach was paid to steer his players toward NBA agent Joel Bell.

Who would have figured that the man behind one of the most notable AAU basketball programs in the country was (allegedly) a huge drug dealer?

H/T College Basketball Talk

Four ex-Vanderbilt football players charged with raping unconscious woman

Four former Vanderbilt football players have been charged with raping an unconscious woman, police said on Friday, per The Tennesseean.

The four men — 20-year-old Brandon Vandenburg, 19-year-old Brandon Eric Banks, 18-year-old JaBorian “Tip” McKenzie, and 19-year-old Kevin Batey — were each charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg, a junior college transfer from Palm Desert, Calif., was also charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography, The Tennessean reports. Vandenburg held a 4.0 GPA at College of the Desert, and boasted in his Twitter bio about being an honors student.

Batey was arrested and taken to a hospital for a blood draw. Police were trying to locate the other three.

Police say the four men raped an unconscious woman in Vandenburg’s dorm room on June 23. Per The Tennesseean, police first learned of the matter after university officials checked a hallway security camera in an unrelated incident and saw suspicious behavior by the four men.

Vanderbilt dismissed the players in June and kicked them off campus after learning that police were investigating the incident.

‘Sandlot’ star Tom Guiry arrested for allegedly headbutting a police officer


You’re killin’ me, Smalls! Those of you who grew up in the 1980s and ’90s will probably cringe when you hear that Tom Guiry, the actor who played “Smalls” in the epic baseball movie “The Sandlot,” was reportedly arrested at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston over the weekend. The alleged details do not sound characteristic of the young kid we knew who had never heard of Babe Ruth.

Law enforcement sources reportedly told TMZ that Guiry was told by a United Airlines employee that he was too drunk to board his flight. The employee then phoned airport security, who told Guiry that he could either be taken into protective custody or arrested for public intoxication. It doesn’t sound like he considered either to be a viable option.

Guiry allegedly became belligerent and threatened the officer before attempting to kick him in the face and headbutting him. He was arrested and charged with felony assault on a police officer. Guiry posted $5,000 bail and was released.

We obviously know Guiry is a pretty tough guy based on his ability to get the best of “The Beast,” but he shouldn’t have attempted to use his scrappiness on a police officer. That mugshot is incredibly disturbing. This is a tough day for fans of “The Sandlot.”

I wonder if this would affect the late Roger Ebert’s review of the classic movie.

Michael Beasley arrested for possession of marijuana

Michael-Beasley-mugshotPhoenix Suns forward Michael Beasley was arrested early Tuesday morning in Scottsdale, Ariz. You have one guess as to what it had to do with. If marijuana instantly came to mind, you’re on the right track.

According to Scottsdale’s website, police stopped Beasley for a traffic violation at 1:15 a.m. and an officer smelled marijuana as he approached the vehicle. The officer then discovered some weed during a search of the vehicle, and Beasley was arrested and booked on pending charges of marijuana possession and later released.

Beasley has been in trouble with the law multiple times over the past several years. Back in 2011, we sacked him with the infamous LBS Nut Bag after he was pulled over for speeding and officers discovered he was in possession of marijuana. Moral of the story: the former Kansas State star needs to either drive more carefully or give up the green.

H/T SI.com’s Point Forward

Terrence Jones arrested for allegedly stomping on homeless man’s leg

Terrence-Jones-RocketsHouston Rockets forward Terrence Jones was arrested early Wednesday morning after he allegedly attacked a homeless man. He was reportedly charged with harassment.

According to KATU News in Portland, Ore., a police sergeant saw Jones walk out of a bar with his friends and by a doorway where two homeless men were sleeping. Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said Jones yelled “wake up” at the men before stomping on one of their legs. The victim was later identified as 46-year-old Daniel John Kellerher. He reportedly did not require medical attention.

It is unclear at this point why the former Kentucky star would have attacked a homeless man who was allegedly minding his own business, but I’m sure we’ll hear something from his lawyer about it eventually. Unless there’s more to the story, it sounds like as senseless an arrest as we have seen from a professional athlete.

H/T Eye on Basketball