Aug 5, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Shadrach Thornton, North Carolina State's leading rusher from a season ago, is facing a misdemeanor charge of assault on a female following a June arrest.
The sophomore, who closed last season with three consecutive 100-yard games, was arrested at 6:15 p.m. on June 6 on campus. He has a court date set for Aug. 22.
Campus police said witnesses at the D.H. Hill Library on June 5 saw Thornton grab his girlfriend by the arm and push her against the wall.
NC State confirmed Sunday that first-year head coach Dave Doeren is aware of Thornton's arrest and an internal punishment has already been handed out.
"We were made aware of the situation in June, and Shadrach was suspended immediately," Doeren said in a statement. "We have certain standards that we want our players to live by, on and off the field, and he did not live up to those standards. He had to earn his way back into team activities."
NC State did not elaborate on the length of the suspension or what hurdles Thornton had to clear to be reinstated. Thornton is currently participating with the team and was present at the team's media day event Sunday.
Thornton amassed with 694 yards as a freshman while starting just four games. The Hinesville, Ga., native did not play in any of the team's first three games a year ago and fumble issues had him in a backup role as the Wolfpack entered their spring game this season.
The Wolfpack have five scholarship tailbacks on the roster in Tony Creecy, Thornton and three true freshmen – Matthew Dayes, Josh Mercer and Dakwa Nichols.
Dayes, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound back, is expected to contribute in Doeren's offense this season.
It amazes me that some of you can't even read an article that is written at a level that even a fifth grader could understand it. It said he was suspended immediately and has now been allowed to join the team upon completing certain requirements. Where PJ wasn't suspended after the first or even second incidence. I really hope you are not a UNC grad because if you are and that is the best you can read it really says a lot about the education you got at UNC. By your posts I would guess that you are probably about a 12 year old and not very good in school.Wasn't he signing autographs with the team. He was back with the team today. Didn't the coach know about this since June? He's working out with the team and he's suspended? What he H?- Posted by REDRAGERS
Evidently in a world where they can read. No where in the article does it say he hit a female. It says he grabbed her by the arm and pushed her against a wall. Don't know the situation or how hard he grabbed or pushed her, but if he is found guilty he needs to be suspended. But unlike at UNC he was suspended immediately until he meet certain conditions, which I assume probably involved counseling. But UNC did not suspend PJ immediately and to say its backwards to compare the two may be exactly right but the other way around. PJ wasn't just caught speeding or with drugs. You seem to forget about the gun which came out of the car he was driving, even a idjut would not believe that it just appeared on the road. You also seem to be leaving out the fact of his association with a known felon. So yes, when all the facts are in, PJ may be the worst of the two.- Posted by HappyGoAshley- Posted by 903 thinks police are pigsThis is no where near as bad as what P.J. did. I glad he was suspended rather than dismissedNC State Grad here... If he is guilty, there is no place in NC State athletics for him. That's something they do over at unc-CHeat. We do not want to drop our standards and be just like our sister college down the road. We are much better than them and I do not want to be placed in the same group.- Posted by mrwufabc
Whhuuttt?! In what insane, backwards world do you live in where simple weed possession/speeding is worse than hitting a female? My God