Montana senior Will Cherry and Grizzlies sophomore Keron DeShields were arrested early Saturday morning, according to a report in the Missoulian. The cuffing came from a disturbance at a downtown Missoula bar, according to the newspaper's report.
The arrest led to disorderly conduct and resisting-arrest misdemeanor charges against the 22-year-old Cherry, who's been Montana's best player for the past three seasons and saw his college career come to an end in the Round of 64, when Montana fell to Syracuse. DeShields, who is 20, was charged with disorderly conduct, per the report. A third man with them, who is 34, was also arrested on charges of disorderly conduct -- and possession of marijuana.
Stevenson said police responded to a report of a physical fight and separated the men.
“There was an unfortunate situation involving our guys and we're still trying to get all the facts,” Montana men's basketball coach Wayne Tinkle said. “We'll take a look at the student conduct code and see what we have to do. Obviously, we want to make sure we have all the information about the altercation and about how everything came down. Our guys know what's expected of them, from our program and from our university. We'll make sure that we get to the bottom of it all.”...
Tinkle said Cherry was tased by police during the incident.
“First and foremost we're concerned about Will's health,” Tinkle said. “When he's up to it, we'll be able to sit down with him. Will is still enrolled and is graduating in a couple of weeks. Keron is moving forward with us. The student-athlete conduct code is pretty clear-cut. We have to make sure we have all the facts before we make any decisions. Obviously, it's a situation we would have preferred didn't happen with our student-athletes.”
Montana athletic director Kent Haslam repeated that there will be punishments handed out after the law takes its course with both players, though it should be repeated that Cherry is on track to graduate in the coming weeks. The players are scheduled to show in Missoula Municipal Court for a hearing Monday.