Former Louisville basketball national champion and incoming CSU transfer Chane Behanan was cited for marijuana possession early Wednesday morning in Louisville, Ky.
According to a spokesperson from the Louisville Police Department, police made contact with Behanan around 1:15 a.m. during a traffic stop. The citation states that Behanan was the passenger in the car. The officer smelled marijuana odor and saw a marijuana cigarette in Behanan’s lap.
Behanan was issued a citation and not taken into custody, police said.
Shortly after, Behanan tweeted from his personal Twitter account (@chanetrigga5): “God is sending me signs. Time for a change in my life. #360.”
Behanan was dismissed from the Louisville men’s basketball program at the end of December after violating team regulations that were later admitted by Behanan as repeated drug use, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. In his press conference on Dec. 30, 2013, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said:
“Between the lines, he gave great effort, was a great teammate, was a wonderful young guy to be around. Away from from the lines, he just did not do the right things over and over and over.”
Behanan made the transfer to Colorado State in January, where he has been taking online classes since the beginning of the spring semester. Behanan will have one more semester of NCAA eligibility according to transfer regulations that will allow him to compete in the second half of CSU’s 2014-15 season, his senior year.
Behanan began working with former NBA player and coach John Lucas, who runs a drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic for athletes in Houston, Texas, in January. He helped Louisville to the 2013 national championship title, starting in 37 of the 39 games he played in which he averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest.
His numbers took a drop in the 2013-14 season, in which he played 12 games for the Cardinals, not receiving any starts and averaging 7.6 points per game.
Following the reports of Behanan’s citation, CSU head coach Larry Eustachy issued a statement released by the athletic department concerning the situation.
“I am aware of media reports that Chane has been issued a citation. We are working to gather more information,” Eustachy said. “Everyone associated with our program is held to a high standard, and that includes personal conduct on and off the court. We work tirelessly to recruit young men of high character who will work hard in the classroom, help our team and represent CSU well. This news is very concerning.”
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