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Pot charges dropped for NC State's Thornton

Posted March 5, 2014

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's charges of misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphenalia were voluntarily dismissed Wednesday.

Thornton participated in the Wolfpack's first football practice Wednesday morning before leaving early to attend court.

NC State head coach Dave Doeren said Monday Thornton remains suspended but "he is with the team everyday, trains with the team. I'm around him everyday. That's the only way to help him grow as a person. We keep him around us but we're still waiting on all the things we need to find out to determine playing time and the future of the program."

In December detectives went to Thornton’s apartment to follow up on a sexual battery case that was reported to the NCSU Police Department. The 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.

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 and Thornton has not been charged in the sexual battery 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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  • FAN72 Mar 8, 4:54 p.m.

    Like PJ Harriston, I think he has had enough 2nd chances. But also like PJ, if the court drops the charges, the school fans will claim he is not guilty.

  • wmparker04 Mar 8, 2:35 p.m.

    pot, assaults, its all good at the state u pen.

  • wmparker04 Mar 8, 2:31 p.m.

    guess it never happened...

  • tarheeltruth Mar 7, 7:38 p.m.

    I feel sorry for Thorton. The State college fans will eat him alive. State College fans believe... View More

    — Posted by tarheelfan41

    I laughed!

  • tarheelfan41 Mar 7, 2:43 p.m.

    I feel sorry for Thorton. The State college fans will eat him alive. State College fans believe in the strictest of discipline standards and have let it be known loud and clear at Moo U shinanigans like this would absolutely not be tolerated. Having already been suspended earlier in the season and then get caught with pot, AND painkillers not presribed to him spells the end for this guy. On top of that he beat up his girlfriend! The Wolves will be circling the kill for sure now. Right wolfies??? Maybe a little sexual battery as a cherry on top? Not to be tolerated a State college, no how no way!

  • KT donated a coloring book to ke Mar 6, 12:27 p.m.

    Only thing left to do now is name him team captain.

    — Posted by tarheeltruth

    He would get 6 credit hours at da "ewe".

    — Posted by TTCP

    If he can stay out of jail and hang around for about 8 years, he'll get 120 credits in "First... View More

    — Posted by tarheeltruth

    Which would be worth 2 degrees at diploma mill U, aka kerliner.

  • KT donated a coloring book to ke Mar 6, 12:27 p.m.

    Wonder why the case was voluntarily dismissed.

    — Posted by concernedincary

    Probably the same reason PJ's was.

  • TTCP Mar 6, 10:19 a.m.

    Doesn't sound like the sexual abuse charges were dropped...but it also doesn't say who the... View More

    — Posted by douggie64 says flaggers are cowa

    The other charges have already been dropped/ deferred.
    Dan Kane works for the N&O not WRAL.
    BTW, neither have anything to do with public record.

  • douggie64 says flaggers are cowa Mar 6, 9:16 a.m.

    Doesn't sound like the sexual abuse charges were dropped...but it also doesn't say who the suspect is in that case. The June 6th arrest of Thornton was for a physical attack of his girlfriend at the library (was she trying to make him read??), so doubtful it was a "follow up" to that case. Very very confusing reporting, but then again it's not Dan Kane's work.

  • heelsforever Mar 5, 10:06 p.m.

    I totally understand the charges getting dropped for a misdemeanor, particularly if this is his first offense. I also understand his coach letting him participate in team activities OTHER than real games. However, I am patiently waiting for those Pack fans who raked Roy over the coals and cried favoritism in the courts to speak up now with the same indignation.




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