The part I can't figure out about the Lance Stephenson story is the quote from the lawyer, Alberto Ebanks.
"I've seen this young man grow up, known him for a long time," Ebanks told the New York Daily News, "and I think he's incapable of committing this kind of offense,"
That means Ebanks is suggesting that Stephenson is incapable of groping a 17-year-old girl's breasts and buttocks through her clothes, and I just don't know many high school boys who are incapable of that. The problem for Stephenson, of course, is that he allegedly did it without the permission of the 17-year-old girl, which is what got him charged with misdemeanor sexual assault this weekend. And though it's unlikely we'll ever know exactly what happened, there is no denying it's a setback for the troubled hoops prodigy who just can't seem to get out of his own way (remember Stephenson was suspended last season for fighting a teammate).
From a talent standpoint, Stephenson has few peers.
He's been a star in New York City since his freshman year, played O.J. Mayo tough in his national coming out party a few summers ago, has led Lincoln High in Brooklyn to three city championships and developed into a consensus Top 10 national recruit. Despite all that, the list of high-major schools seriously recruiting Stephenson has dwindled to St. John's and a select few, which is a sign that more than one coach has looked at Stephenson and basically decided that having him on campus isn't worth the trouble.
In a perfect world, Stephenson would've spent his senior year of high school proving everybody wrong.
That was supposed to be the plan.
But he instead got arrested before his season even started.
So now everybody's concerns have been confirmed and enhanced.