It's still one of the most ridiculous headlines in college basketball history: Player charged with being a pimp.
On Thursday, former Washington Huskies guard Venoy Overton (at left in photo, with new, Tiger-like beard)
pleaded not guilty to the charge levied against him: second-degree in promoting prostitution.
If you need a reset on this case, the blog went into detail on it two weeks ago when news broke. But, basically, it boils down to Overton using his "girlfriend" to sell sex. Police had sniffed the case for some time before busting it open, when Overton's woman offered an undercover cop sex for money in late May.
There was good news for Overton yesterday, per the Seattle Times:
Overton, 22, and his attorney James Bible (near left) won a small battle today when Carey reduced bail to $25,000. Prosecutors had asked for $50,000. Bible told reporters today Overton is eager to defend himself against the allegations.I'm no lawyer, but the not-guilty charge certainly makes this interesting. The maximum punishment Overton could received is five years behind bars and a 10 grand fine to accompany that. Overton's case seems to be resting on the defense that his girlfriend willingly was part of the prostitution ring. She was even a catalyst for it.
If Overton was making money off it, I'm not sure how that helps him.
Photo via Seattle Times