According to the Roanoke Times, Virginia Tech running back Shai McKenzie has been suspended indefinitely after being charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, in light of an incident that occurred last month. McKenzie and 18-year old Virginia Tech student Devin Gavion allegedly met a 14 and 15 year old girl last month and things escalated between the two parties.
The Times reports:
Police obtained a warrant for McKenzie and Gavion’s DNA on Feb. 27 after two girls, one 15 years old and another 14, met two adult males using social media, who they later identified as McKenzie and Gavion.
The warrant states that an investigation included information that the group met at a home in Christiansburg “and it was revealed” they “had sexual intercourse” between Feb. 11 and Feb. 15. Four condoms were also recovered from the residence, according to the warrant.
After the news broke, head coach Frank Beamer suspended the former four star recruit, who is aiming for a return from ACL surgery.
“We are aware of the situation and misdemeanor arrest. We take these matters seriously,” Tech athletic director Whit Babcock said in a statement to the paper. “Coach Beamer has suspended Shai indefinitely from all team related activities as of yesterday. It’s in the hands of the proper authorities and we will respect the process.”
In his rookie campaign, McKenzie rushed for 269 yards and stood out to many for his ability to make an instant impact amidst a crowded backfield. McKenzie was expected to be a major contributor to the squad during his sophomore season, but once again, off-field problems may prevent him from seeing the gridiron.*Section Photo credit to Michael Shroyer, Getty Images; Featured Photo (above) credit to Tech Sideline