April 16, 2010
Note to self: Do not throw snowballs at Delone Carter's car. Syracuse student William Hotaling learned that lesson the hard way, when he was confronted by Carter and 'Cuse teammate Ryan Gillum after their car was hit by a snowball in February, a meeting that left Hotaling seeing stars and both players being hauled off the practice field for questioning:
According to [defense attorney George] Raus, police showed up at a football practice Wednesday afternoon and had Carter and Gillum handcuffed in front of their teammates to be brought to police headquarters for questioning.
"It was an intimidation tactic," Raus claimed.
According to Raus, snowballs were thrown at the vehicle in which several of the football players were riding. When a couple of the players got out of the vehicle, one of them was hit in the face with a snowball and one of the players reportedly threw a punch, Raus said.
Carter was charged with misdemeanor assault; Gillium wasn't charged, Raus implied, because he was intimidated by police into implicating Carter. A photo Hotaling sent into the Syracuse Post-Standard the day after the attack (above) reveals some rather gruesome-looking facial injuries -- and to add, uh, insult to said injuries, police say he wasn't even the one who tossed the snowball in the first place. "The individual who threw the snowball already left," said police chief Joe Cecile.
Both players' lawyers have blasted police handling of the case with both barrels -- Carter's attorney, Raus, said detectives didn't contact him until seven hours later to let him know Carter had been detained at all. Meanwhile, Gillum's attorney said his client (who, again, wasn't charged) shouldn't have been detained to begin with because police had no probable cause to do so.
No word yet on when Carter, who led the Orange with 1,021 rushing yards last year, is scheduled to appear before a judge, or on what the arrest could mean in terms of playing time this fall; that will be up to the Syracuse Judicial Board and coach Doug Marrone, who are not likely to award style points for the gruesome mugshot. Carter flirted with filing for this year's NFL draft but decided to stay in school for his fifth year of eligibility and finish his degree.