Another recent graduate who played college hoops has legal troubles.
This isn't as egregious as Venoy Overton's pimping, but it's nearly as mindless and arguably more dangerous. Former Villanova guard Corey Stokes appeared in Central Judicial Processing court in Jersey City Friday afternoon, one day after he and two other men broke another man's jaw so badly, the alleged victim required immediate surgery.
All three offenders have been charged with two counts of aggravated assault after getting in a brouhaha at a bar in Hoboken.
Charged with the same offenses as the 6-foot-5 former Villanova shooting guard are Keith M. McGrath, 22, of West 24th Street, and Derrel L. Williams, 23, of West 12th Street, the complaints said.Brutality. What a way to usher in Fourth of July weekend, huh? And a bar fight. There are few things so regrettably more American than that.
The incident occurred early yesterday morning at One Hudson Place in Hoboken, where the defendants "did punch and kick (one victim) about the head and body. This did cause a fractured jaw and require surgery," the complaints say. "The victim lost consciousness and was assaulted while unconscious on the ground," the complaints say.
It gets worse, as apparently there was a second victim who took a number of fist and foot shots to the head, resulting in cuts about his face and inside his lower lip. This doesn't seem like it was a momentary lapse in judgment and a mere throwdown of passion and haste.
Stokes and his two partners in crime are sitting in the clink with $20,000 bail hanging over their heads. The Villanova guard graduated averaging 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, was a 39-percent 3-point shooter and averaged zero arrests while in college.