Star Basketball Player Gets Arrested before Big Game

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

HARRISONBURG -- Rayshawn Goins, a star basketball player for James Madison University, was arrested during the weekend. Goins is charged with two misdemeanors.

A statement from JMU Athletics Director Jeff Bourne released on the JMU Sports website discussed if Goins would play in Wednesday's first NCAA tournament game.

It read: “In accordance with JMU athletic policy, Coach Matt Brady is suspending Rayshawn Goins for the first half of the NCAA Tournament game on Wednesday night in Dayton. After having thoroughly reviewed the details in this case, the athletic administration supports Coach Brady's decision. Matters involving student athletes are reviewed independently on a case by case basis. Appropriate action is taken based on the details of each case. At this time, there are no additional details to provide until this specific case processes through the legal system.”

It all happened on Sunday when police say a party went out of control. Harrisonburg police said this arrest is not something that uncommon, but it may be in the spotlight because Goins is an athlete heading to a big game.

Goins faces charges for disorderly conduct and attempting to intimidate law enforcement.
It all happened Sunday on the 800 block of Port Republic Road at a party with more than 200 people. Harrisonburg police said Goins yelled obscenities at officers and enticed the large crowd.

JMU Head Men's Basketball Coach Matt Brady wanted to celebrate another victory. This time in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Coach Brady said Goins arrest disappointed the team.

“We are upset about it. We've talked about it. Ray knows how disappointed we are in his decision but we're gonna move on,” he said.

It was a decision that got Goins arrested the next day.

“Rayshawn made a mistake and he has admitted his mistake to me. You know, no one got hurt. No one was in harm's way.”

Lt. Kurt Boshart with the Harrisonburg Police Department, said officers waited to arrest Goins because they wanted people to leave. The party was too crowded.

"If they tried to arrest him at the time that could have enticed him even more,” he said, “It was more of a safety issue not only to the officers, but also the public."

He said officers see this kind of behavior at parties every weekend.

“It's not that long ago we've had a serious of incidents dealing with some of the parties and so forth so it's always a concern for us and it's something that we see too often.”

The Dukes don't get a seat for this tournament too often, so having Goins play less time could help some of the other players.

"There's a lot of guys in my bench that are excited he may not be able to play because they have an opportunity to play a lot of minutes. The matter of fact is that we are going to be ready. There's no looking back,” said Coach Brady.

The student athlete handbook policy for JMU said if an athlete faces felony or major misdemeanor charges, he or she will be suspended or terminated until the student is cleared of charges. This is only if the athlete is charged by a police officer.

Coaches can give the athlete more severe penalties.

Goins' first court hearing is April 8th in general district court.

On Monday evening, the JMU men's basketball team was on its way to Dayton, Ohio for the NCAA Tournament.


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