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What in the HELENA is going on?

Discussion in 'The Atrium' started by Pack93z, May 24, 2007.

  1. Pack93z

    Pack93z You retired too? .... Not me. I'm in my prime

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    Sounds like some pretty wicked stuff... time maybe to feed a couple "bad" apples to the fish... errr Grizzlies.

    'I'm just heartbroken'
    Court docs: Ex-Montana St. player leader of drug ring

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A former Montana State University football player was the leader of a cocaine ring that brought pounds of the drug to Bozeman, according to an affidavit supporting drug trafficking charges against former Bobcat wide receiver Rick Gatewood and his brother.

    The affidavit, which identifies the former player only by street names, also mentions last summer's shooting death of cocaine dealer Jason Wright.

    And documents filed in Justice Court in Bozeman last week tie Randy Gatewood to a June 17, 2006, bar fight that involved two former MSU athletes who are charged with kidnapping and killing Wright six days later.

    "I look at it, and I'm just heartbroken," MSU President Geoff Gamble said Wednesday. "We're a very good university and we have very good athletic programs, and to have so much negatively painted across both the athletic program and the university is just heartbreaking."

    The arrests of former basketball player Branden Miller and former redshirt football player John Lebrum in Wright's slaying prompted MSU officials to seek an NCAA review of its recruiting practices.

    The February report -- written by officials from the NCAA, the Southeastern Conference and the Big Sky Conference -- suggested several improvements, particularly in recruiting, academic and social mentoring programs, and in the graduation rate of MSU football players. It said the football program should limit its reliance on transfers.

    But by then, informants were talking with investigators, former assistant head football coach Joe O'Brien was finishing a four-year federal prison sentence on methamphetamine charges, and the curtain was coming down on Mike Kramer's coaching career at MSU.

    The Gatewoods were arrested in Missoula last week and face federal charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and distribution of cocaine. Prosecutors estimate they distributed 11 pounds of the drug between June 2005 and May 2007. The brothers remain jailed in Missoula pending a detention hearing.

    Rick Gatewood's arrest was the fifth involving former MSU football players in less than a year, and that, along with academic issues that have cost the school football scholarships in past years, led school officials to fire Kramer last Friday.

    "I think [athletics director] Peter Fields and I just reached a point where enough was enough," Gamble said.

    The affidavit filed in the Gatewood case, signed by FBI Special Agent Gregory Rice, uses information gathered from two Bozeman informants and pegs the leader of the drug ring as a former MSU football player who used the street names "D," or "DW or "Demetrius." "D" had six drug runners working for him, including the Gatewood brothers and two informants, court records said.

    "D" is listed as an unindicted co-conspirator and is not named in court records. Investigators would not say if he has been arrested.

    "I don't think we know the end point," Gamble said. "It's my understanding there's still ongoing investigation. We're waiting, like everyone else, to see where the end of this will be."

    During the summer of 2006, "not long after the murder of Jason Wright (a known local cocaine dealer in Bozeman)," the affidavit said, "DW" told an informant that "there was a lot of 'heat' going on right now in Bozeman."

    In late 2006, "DW" said he was going to California and that Rick Gatewood was taking over the cocaine ring, court records said.

    On May 11, investigators said Rick Gatewood told them he had been involved in the cocaine ring since the summer of 2005, and that he gave "DW" some of his athletic scholarship money from MSU so he could buy cocaine from a supplier in Fairfield, Calif.

    Two days after the Gatewoods' arrest, information was filed in Justice Court in Gallatin County supporting two felony counts of assault with a weapon by accountability, two counts of assault and one count of filing a serial number off a gun in connection with a fight outside a Bozeman bar on June 17, 2006.

    Court records, obtained by KBZK-TV in Bozeman, accuse Randy Gatewood of participating in a fight in which Miller was accused of pistol whipping one man and placing a gun he said was loaded against another man's stomach. Witnesses said Lebrum was also involved in the fight.
     
  2. cheesey

    cheesey Cheesehead

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    Wow.....i bet Montana Bob is shocked!
     
  3. kmac

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    I bet he was dealing to Joey Thomas :lol:
     
  4. MontanaBob

    MontanaBob Cheesehead

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    I was wondering when someone would pick up on the shennagians of the good old Bobcats. Remember, Missoula is Griz Country...not Montana State territory. This is only the latest in a long string of criminal activities that have gone on for many years at Montana State. Four years ago an assistant football coach was arrested for selling Meth to undercover agents. He's still in federal prison. Then a former football player and basketball player were charged with murder in the death of a fellow student. Then several players were indicated for other crimes and drugs. THEN....the day after the Gatewood Bros were nailed in Missoula, Head Coach Mike Kramer is suddenly fired. Bango...gone with the wind. Like he didn't know what was going on!!!

    MSU has been dinged many times by the NCAA for violations, lowest GPA in the Big Sky Conference, lowest rate of graduation, and leading the league in arrests. They lost 4 scholarships this year already for violations.

    Pack93z article pretty well sums it up, but what is missing are the "little things" that are kept under wraps, but leak out anyway. Such as the GPA, phony classes set up for jocks, etc. Griz country is enjoying this....there is already a shirt out with "MSU Prison Detainee" on it, and vertical stripes on it.
     
  5. Pack93z

    Pack93z You retired too? .... Not me. I'm in my prime

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    Hey Bob I was pretty shocked to read about this so then I start digging a little more... to me it sounds like it is time to move the AD and most involved with sports programs out and start with a clean slate and rebuild it all..

    I wonder when the Big Sky conference is going to start to get involved?
     
  6. MontanaBob

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    The conference is already involved, but only in a wait and see mode right now. The Ad is a pretty good guy, but you know, sh- - rolls downhill. Most of the problems are in the football program. Kramer has a history,,,,true or not, of going after the questionable players as far as grades, moral values, being a good person..... He seems to get a lot of JC transfers and Div.I players that have checkered pasts.
    If I remember right, he was at Eastern Washington before moving to MSU and he seemed to have some problems there, although he wasn't fired, but he probably saw the handwriting on the football.
     
  7. Pack93z

    Pack93z You retired too? .... Not me. I'm in my prime

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    Thanks for the insight MB... take care out there in Grizz country.
     
  8. cheesey

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    MSU classes for jocks:
    1. How to pass a drug test
    2. Crime Scene Investigation (How to properly hide evidence)
    3. Cutting class, AND cocaine
    4. Childcare.....teaching children how to sleep ("kidnapping" 101)
     

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