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Corey Stokes arrested after bar fight

Posted on: July 2, 2011 9:52 am
Edited on: July 2, 2011 12:12 pm
By Matt Norlander

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.

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.
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.

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.

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Category: NCAAB
Tags: Villanova

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2011 12:52 am

Corey Stokes arrested after bar fight

Well, a reader of the San Francisco Chronicle, which first reported the story of Deshon Marman,  of a scantily clad passenger who was allowed to fly six days earlier. The picture, taken June 9 before a flight from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Phoenix, shows a man wearing blue, women's underwear and thigh-high stockings. The man is wearing a spaghetti-strap top, baring his midriff. The panties are just as revealing.
Another thing, the airline did not ask for the cross-dresser to conform or get off the plane.  We will never know if they would have complied or not.

Which is my point, the compliance by the passenger when asked by the company is the issue for me... just obey and get on with your trip.  Privately held and publicly traded companies don't have to service you... if you don't like it, spend you money elsewhere.. that is the beauty of a democracy.

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2011 12:50 am

Corey Stokes arrested after bar fight

DKH is obviously very impressed with their own intelligence. Seems to be an epidemic amongst Internet Intelligence. 

Man, I weep for our society sometimes.

AMEN... I am with you 100%.  And we wonder why our society is completely screwed up... 


I understand your point, but pointing to another example of a violation that wasn't punished is not a good excuse for this kid.  The airlines are companies and you have to follow their rules.  When they ask you to pull you pants up and cover your underwear, you do it.  That is what 99.9% of this nation regardless of race would do.

And honestly every flight crew and airport may be different, that may very well be an issue.  I have traveled with the same carry on luggage for 16 years, and out of probably a few hundred flights... I have been asked to check my carry on because it was over the size rules on about 2 occasions.  I didn't agree, but I didn't fight, I just complied.  And they obviously aren't consistent about it as my ratio shows.

So, if you feel there is inequality among airports, or if somehow the cross-dresser violated the dress code, you should focus on getting the airlines to uniformly enforce their own standard, NOT give this kid a pass.  Especially when he didn't comply.


Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2011 12:32 pm

Corey Stokes arrested after bar fight

DKH is obviously very impressed with their own intelligence. Seems to be an epidemic amongst Internet Intelligence.

Man, I weep for our society sometimes.

Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: July 5, 2011 8:31 am

Corey Stokes arrested after bar fight

@secofficial..since you mention this incident heres how u been blinded of double standard, styerotyping and basicly racism which is what happens in the media as well..

 White Watch: Black Athlete Thrown Out Of Plane And Arrested For Sagging Pants But White Man Allowed To Fly In Women's Underwear

 Well, a reader of the San Francisco Chronicle, which first reported the story of Deshon Marman,  of a scantily clad passenger who was allowed to fly six days earlier. The picture, taken June 9 before a flight from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Phoenix, shows a man wearing blue, women's underwear and thigh-high stockings. The man is wearing a spaghetti-strap top, baring his midriff. The panties are just as revealing.

According to police, the day Marman was arrested, he was wearing pants, "below his butt and his boxer shorts were showing."

So the new revelation brings up lots of questions about the airline's dress code and whether there is a double standard at play. It also brings up questions about race, which we , too. The man allowed to fly is white and Marman is black. The Chronicle spoke to Marman's attorney:

... Joe O'Sullivan, said that his client had been stereotyped by US Airways as a thug and that the airline was guilty of racial discrimination for asking Marman to adjust his clothes. Marman is African American.

"It just shows the hypocrisy involved," O'Sullivan said after he viewed the photo of the cross-dressing passenger. "They let a drag queen board a flight and welcomed him with open arms. Employees didn't ask him to cover up. He didn't have to talk to the pilot. They didn't try to remove him from the plane - and many people would find his attire repugnant."

O'Sullivan added, "A white man is allowed to fly in underwear without question, but my client was asked to pull up his pajama pants because they hung below his waist."

The woman who sent the picture, Jill Tarlow, told the Chronicle passengers complained about the man. The  that a US Airways spokesperson confirmed the man in the panties was allowed to fly. But the airline is sticking by its decision to kick Marman off the plane and let the cross-dressing passenger fly:

"We don't have a dress code policy," [US Airways spokeswoman Valerie] Wunder said. "Obviously, if their private parts are exposed, that's not appropriate...So if they're not exposing their private parts, they're allowed to fly."

The airline has said Marman was exposing a body part on June 15 when he was repeatedly asked to pull up his pants.

His attorney, Joe O'Sullivan, said surveillance video would show his client's skin was not showing.

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 7:44 pm

Corey Stokes arrested after bar fight


oh and one other thing... your comment

With that being said, how can an area that is so notoriously racist have so many black players on their teams – the same black players that many of their fans support from the stands but outwardly disdain outside of the stadium?  The answer: most of these players are "used" by the school and its alumni simply for “wins”.
This was an idiotic statement...

Two things...

(1) most of these players are held on a pedestal outside the stadium...  they are treated like heros and celebrities.

(2) Many get a free education.. and having played college sports I am tell you most of them ARE intelligent enough to pass college, but a large majority don't care.. they spend all their time getting in trouble, skipping class, looking for handouts, and cheating their way through.  I saw this first hand at Florida when I played ball there in the late 1980's and early 1990's.  They screw around.. and have little to nothing to show for it when they done.

And you can't tell me there aren't thousands of decent hard working African Americans that would let that opportunity pass them by... they would work hard and get a college degree.... but these guys getting free rides?  No, they are too good for that.. and once they have washed out, they will blame EVERYONE but themselves...

Ever notice how a large majority who go on to the PRO level that make millions if not tens of millions end up broke within a matter of years?

And yet other players make the same money and never have a problem?

What do those two scenarios have in common?  PARENTAL SUPPORT.  Look at players like Herschel Walker, Peyton Manning, Grant Hill, etc.. they all are mega-millionaires...even players like Michael Orr who came out of the projects in Memphis and were taken in by the Ole Miss couple.. look what he has become now?  He was a kid destined for disaster.. and with a little support and encouragement he made it big.

Now look at the flip side (there are simply too many here to list... )

So spare me the college uses the young black athlete and then throw them to the curb... those athletes have more opportunity than most will ever see in a lifetime... the real question is why do they squander it away?  And it all comes down to how they were raised... 

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 7:34 pm

Corey Stokes arrested after bar fight


Talking about sad post.. you took something which was a critique of the African American community and turned it into a "... well the South is the foundation of racism... and low performing schools..."

You are confusing racism with the ability for African Americans to take a stand against their own self-destrutive behavior.  

See, just because I am an SEC fan, doesn't mean you can joust me with poor education stats, etc.. as I have lived all over the country and the world... I have graduated with my MBA from one of the premier Big10 school... and happened to get my undergrad at Florida while I was playing sports.

So where is your link between the South being racist (which may have history, but let's be honest, the South has come a long way in the past 30 years) to giving the African American community a pass on their behavior and inability for a large portion to raise their kids properly (starting with fathers who take responsibility and help raise a child..)???

I grew up in Birmingham during the 70's... just north of Selma in the middle of the civil rights issues.  I was the only white player on a African American basketball team.  I saw racism 1st hand... my family was involved in one of the big lawsuits in B'ham against an employer who wanted to fire my Mom's best friend because she was African American (and obviously my Mom worked there... and no joke, the man who ran the facilities last name was White).  When I moved to B'ham, the state was still electing Gov Wallace and there were no interstates in Jefferson county.. they all stopped at the county line.. why? because B'ham was a majority African American and Gov Wallace wouldn't fund the interstate system their until he had to because they never voted for him....

So do me a favor, can the "South is racism.." line and trying to link me to racism because I am a SEC fan... that is moronic.

The black race in this country has its issues, I don't think any intelligent person would resent or dismiss that fact, but do you and your ilk really feel like you are part of a solution?  By the way, that question was rhetorical.  If you answered, “Yes” it only proves you are too slanted to make an objective conclusion.
Agree 100% that the African American race has issues (see, the term black is generally considered negative although the US government still list it on forms under race).  But if you think I am peddling "ilk" you are sadly mistaken.

I am just tired of African American parents always defending their kids even when they are in the wrong.  It exemplifies what is wrong with our nation.

Take just a couple weeks ago, an African American ball player gets on a plane with his pants pulled down under his butt... the airline asked him to pull them up as is inline with their dress code.  He refuses and gives them a hard time... they boot him from the plane.  And guess what, he was coming back from one of his homeboys funerals who had been shot to death.  But I digress... his parents come out and say the airline acted in a racist fashion and deliberately picked on their son because he was black.  Really?

See, my dad would have smacked me in the back of the head.. and make me issue a public apology for being an idiot, and thinking I was above the rules.

Is there still racism in this country?  Sure... there always will be.  There are people who will always hate others who are different... but we have come a long way since 1960.

But there is a growing trend of African American youths who believe they are above the law, and when they get caught they immediately scream racism.. and the worst part is their parents come to their aid.

Another good example:  Mom in detroit knows her teenage son is wanted for murder.  She harbors him... the SWAT team knocks down her door at 3am... her 7 year old is sleeping on the couch.  The mom starts fighting with one of the SWAT team members... the gun goes off and kills the little girl on the couch... make me personally want to cry.  And what happen when it is over?  The entire African American community starts a anti-police uprising since this was obviously racially motivated...

Do you see an alarming pattern?

Would you harbor a felon wanted for murder?
Would you fight with armed SWAT team members trying to arrest a dangerous armed felon?
And if you did, would you blame them if your innocent daughter got killed and call them racist?

Trust me.. I am not racist.. I am just sick of people not taking responsibility for their actions.

And it may come as a shock to you... but people who already judge others to be racist based on the color of their skin are racist themselves.  I really think a great number of African Americans don't want racism to go away... because then there is no excuse and they can only blame themselves for that is happening.  

And some high-profile African Americans have tried to voice that opinion, and they get crucified for it (e.g. Bill Cosby, etc.)

But again... please let me know how the South be the home to racism in the past century relate to my earlier post.  I am very interested in your quick witted response...  


Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: July 4, 2011 10:16 am

Corey Stokes arrested after bar fight

not trying to turn this into a race issue but the cbss media is so bias its comical..everytime black athlete gets arrested their pictures is posted along with story when previous story of white athlete got arrested no picture pics (altho cbs did post jacksonville new link which showed their pics) and obviously many poster automaticly started assuming they were blackmales..

Two Florida players arrested on felony charges

Posted on: April 10, 2011 10:23 pmEdited on: April 10, 2011 10:23 pmScore: 150 

Posted by Jeff Borzello

Florida forwards  early Sunday morning, according to St. Augustine Police.

A television station in Jacksonville reported the two players are out on bond after breaking into a car. Joshua Adel, a team manager, was charged with principal to burglary.

Investigators said Larson and Murphy claimed to lose a wallet at a bar, but were soon asked to leave after they got close to an employee who was counting money. After they left, bouncers saw the two players breaking into a co-worker’s car in a nearby parking lot.

Florida has not released a statement. 


Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2011 1:31 pm

Corey Stokes arrested after bar fight

Wow Sammy Soesahed, where do you come up with some of your material? What difference does it make if the dude went to a Catholic institution or not? How does the trio having a job or not relate to them pummeling some other drunk? Don't hold your breath on Villanova closing its doors because one player went Joe Pesci on a guy and that last unwarranted shot directed @ Obama tells us that you're either a complete idiot or a racist. Probably both!

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: July 3, 2011 2:25 am

Corey Stokes arrested after bar fight

No, this sounds like a hate crime in which one of the perps happened to play for Villanova.  Villanova, of course, is an Catholic University.  I think Villanova has to withdraw from that boxing match called the Big East and focus on developing students and professionals.  If not,...if all Villanova about is letting thugs grow up, then they may as well close their doors.
Of the three hate crime perps, how many are currently employed.  Thanks, Barrack.

Since: Jul 3, 2011
Posted on: July 3, 2011 12:47 am

Corey Stokes arrested after bar fight

People should stop listening to all the media. In America a person is Innocent until proven guilty. The only reason the media picked up this story was because, because of the up coming Basketball Star. So before commenting about the story people should get to know all the fact.

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