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Oklahoma State University has been in the news quite a bit lately, though not for the reasons their chancellor would like. A total of six student athletes have been arrested for crimes including larceny and DUI in the past week. Wide receiver Justin Blackmon of the football team was arrested for DUI and has been suspended.
In addition, five members of the wrestling team are in trouble after a party and subsequent events near campus that ended in a fight. Apparently, during the fight, one of the parties lost their wallet.
One of the wrestlers picked up the wallet and decided to do some liquor shopping with it. According to police, they took a credit card from the wallet to a liquor store and asked random people in the parking lot to use it to buy them booze.
According to Oklahoma's KFOR, Alexander Munoz was the instigator of the unlawful credit card use. He is facing charges of larceny and unlawful use of a credit card which are both misdemeanors. Stillwater Police Captain Randy Dickerson told KFOR that the other four wrestlers were charged with lying to the police after they tried to cover for Munoz after they were caught.
OSU wrestling coach John Smith issued a statement saying, "Alex Munoz has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. Other members of our program were involved and I will handle their situations internally."
Blackmon, the football standout, stepped up and took responsibility for his actions in the DUI. "I am going to own up to my mistakes. I did it and I should be punished for it and take my punishment like I should ... I brought a lot of bad press to Oklahoma State and I am really sorry for that."
It seems that the players and coaches and doing and saying the right things in light of these incidents. Charges like larceny and DUI are nothing to be taken lightly, despite the fact that they are misdemeanors. Larceny is considered a crime of "moral turpitude," which means that it is considered damaging to your personal integrity. DUI can also have a profound impact upon your life and career, in addition to putting yourself and those around you at serious risk.