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NC State's Thornton is suspect in sexual battery investigation

Posted December 5, 2013
Updated December 6, 2013

N.C. State's Shadrach Thornton during the Wolfpack's visit to Duke on November 9, 2013 in Durham, NC.  Duke defeated N.C. State 38-20 (Photo by Jack Morton).

— North Carolina State University sophomore running back Shadrach Thornton is being investigated in connection with a sexual battery, according to a search warrant.

Detectives said they went to Thornton’s apartment Wednesday to follow up on a sexual battery case that was reported Monday to the NCSU Police Department. Detectives knocked on Thornton’s door at College Inn apartments, at 2717 Western Blvd., in Raleigh, and smelled marijuana, according to the warrant.

Marchez Coates, also an NC State football player, answered the door and gave the two detectives permission to enter the apartment where they found “several marijuana stems and a partial marijuana cigarette lying on the kitchen table,” the warrant stated.

Thornton has not been charged in the sexual battery investigation but does face misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thornton’s roommate, Jamor (J.J.) Jones, a safety on the football team, also faces the same charges. A statement from the school Thursday indicated that he had told the coaching staff prior to the incident that he had planned to transfer.

"The NC State Athletics Department takes any allegation of illegal activity very seriously," the school stated in a release. "We have university and athletic policies and procedures in place regarding our expectations of conduct for our students. Coach Doeren has suspended Shadrach Thornton indefinitely."

According to the warrant, seized items include: two marijuana cigarettes, marijuana stems and a grinder in the common area; three marijuana cigarettes and 0.3 grams of marijuana in Thornton’s bedroom; and a pill bottle containing five 500mg Naproxen (a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory medication) in Jones’ bedroom , although the prescription was not in his name.

Wolfpack cornerback Juston Burris is listed as a fourth roomate at the apartment. Neither Burris nor Coates face any charges.

Maj. David Kelly of the NCSU Police Dept. declined to comment on the sexual battery case saying it was an ongoing investigation.

Thornton was arrested June 6 on charges of assaulting a female after witnesses alleged he and his girlfriend were involved in a physical altercation in the D.H. Hill Library. Thornton was given a deferred prosecution ruling in that case so he could undergo monitored counseling.

Thornton has led NC State in rushing each of the last two seasons despite playing a limited role as a freshman and being held out due to suspension for the first two games this year. He has amassed 1,462 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns in 20 career games with the Wolfpack.

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  • ThePackisBack_Bing Dec 8, 3:11 a.m.

    :(

  • HeelHater Dec 7, 6:51 p.m.

    Edited t. h. u. g. from previous post. Come on now.

  • HeelHater Dec 7, 3:00 p.m.

    life is a distraction. Might not be all true but the dope in his apartment is a little hard to overlook. This distraction isn't what State football needs, now or ever. Part ways.

  • TeaBagOnLove Dec 6, 4:02 p.m.

    Hoodrat Thornton... The Wannabe Honey Badger.

    Interesting note: His attorney is a UNC Charlotte grad. He was with the RPD, and attended NCCU Law while with the RPD.

    UNC and NCCU Grad defending a NCSU player. #Irony

  • jandscroom Dec 6, 2:53 p.m.

    It's a lie!!

  • KT doesnt want to meet you Dec 6, 1:50 p.m.

    I bet if the Pack was undefeated and looking at a national championship he would be ok. At least... View More

    — Posted by allcharly

    I think it hilarious that a state fan is thrash talking the Heels...this is much worse than anyt... View More

    — Posted by HEELSrocknU

    I know a fan of good ol' Rape U isn't talking.

    — Posted by KT doesnt want to meet you

    I know a fan of Shootamarine U isn't talking.

    — Posted by ezme22

    And who swept that under the rug? If I recall, nobody did.

    Oops!

  • KT doesnt want to meet you Dec 6, 12:30 p.m.

    I bet if the Pack was undefeated and looking at a national championship he would be ok. At least... View More

    — Posted by allcharly

    I think it hilarious that a state fan is thrash talking the Heels...this is much worse than anyt... View More

    — Posted by HEELSrocknU

    I know a fan of good ol' Rape U isn't talking.

  • TeaBagOnLove Dec 6, 12:11 p.m.

    Coach D did the right thing - suspend him for now. But I would not be surprised if he is told... View More

    — Posted by Got Peart

    Shad is not even a "good" running back. Let alone "great" as you call him. The negativity and ill-attention he has brought to the University and the athletic program is inexcusable. Pull the scholarship and send him "Packing."

  • Got Peart Dec 6, 11:56 a.m.

    Coach D did the right thing - suspend him for now. But I would not be surprised if he is told to take a hike, and I wouldn't be upset if he did. I can get over the pot - it's college - people do it. I don't agree with it, but it happens.

    But - you NEVER, EVER, under NO CIRCUMSTANCES lay a hand on a woman. He was given a short leash, and apparently didn't appreciate that gift. If proven true - I hope he's locked up!

    Shad - you're a great RB, but you're not irreplacable.

  • aightCPA Dec 6, 10:49 a.m.

    cut him! no need for that @ NCSU

    — Posted by Maxxx

    Not like it will hurt the team. Not sure how they could be any worse.

    — Posted by 2ND AMENDMENT

    Apparently you don't remeber when Creecy was carrying he ball.

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