Another member of a big time college football program found trouble with the law last night when West Virginia offensive guard Russell Haughton-James, 22, was arrested on one charge of burglary.
The Senior offensive lineman was arrested by West Virginia State Police and taken to North Central Regional Jail. Haughton-James is currently waiting arraignment and this run-in with the law could cloud his future with the Moutaineers.
During his West Virginia career, Haughton-James has played in 26 games being used primarily as a backup guard and during short-yardage, power situations. Still, Haughton-James was hoping to have a bigger impact for the Mountaineers in his Senior season, however, off-the-field problems could prohibit him from receiving his desired amount of playing time.
During his Junior season, Haughton-James played in 12 games and proved to be a valuable backup to a rather thin unit.
West Virginia has a long history of having troubled players throughout their roster and Haughton-James is just another name to add to the list. Nonetheless, we cannot jump to any conclusions and Haughton-James is innocent until proven guilty.
While the charges are obvious, the specific details regarding the incident remain a mystery and one should expect the Mountaineers to take a wait and see approach regarding his punishment as the legal process unfolds.
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