DenverPost- Abdul Jaleel Awini, a 23-year-old who has played several positions on the football team, was arrested on an allegation of drug possession. Christopher Hill, a 21-year-old tight end, was cited with third-degree assault in the altercation. The Daily Camera in Boulder first reported about the altercation and the arrests on Monday.
Investigators say the ordeal began when Awini was was escorted out of The Walrus Saloon because of his “intoxication level.” A Boulder police filing says Awini was with Hill at the watering hole, and that he blamed Hill for being kicked out.
“I’m going to (expletive) you up,” Awini allegedly told Hill, according to the police report. “You got me kicked out.”
Hill then punched Awini in the chin, the police report says, citing a witness’ account of the fight. Awini appeared to be unconscious and landed squarely on the back of his head on the concrete sidewalk.
When police arrived, Awini was “unresponsive” and an officer pulled a wallet out of Awini’s front pocket, the report says. Inside was a small Ziploc bag that the officer believed to be holding cocaine, according to investigators. Police say they later found four more small Ziploc bags in the wallet which appeared to contain the same white powdery substance that was in the first bag.
Awini was taken to Boulder Community Health for treatment and when the wallet was brought up in a conversation with police, the report says Awini’s blood pressure and heart rate — which were being monitored by medical equipment — “almost immediately went up.” Awini asked an officer what charges he was facing, telling an officer, “you know I got some (expletive) in my wallet,” the report says.
You know whose fault it is that Abdul Jaleel Awini is facing charges for the possession of cocaine? His teammates, and I'm not just talking about the one that left him laying immobile on the ground with a checked chin and a veritable snow bank in his wallet. In fact, I don't even want to criticize Christopher Hill for knocking his wide receiver's drunk ass into a hospital bed. By all accounts, the guy who was on the ass end of a missed opportunity for a 'World Star' video had it coming. The belligerent dude that's out there getting kicked out of bars then immediately blaming others for it can't be trusted, and that's why it was irresponsible for his fellow Buffs to trust him with the holding of their drugs.
I don't want to go pointing fingers but those FIVE bags of blow were undoubtedly going to be shared with others, and - considering his team had just locked up a spot in the Pac-12 championship game - I have reason to believe that there were some scholarship athletes awaiting the next rail line. At the risk of giving the football player whose pocket was a deviated septum waiting to happen a pass, I'm going to have to say that someone else should have stepped up and made sure the friend that can't handle his liquor wasn't in charge of the rest of the night's festivities. I would think that a team that had achieved so much to this point would have been better at determining each other's strengths and weaknesses, and keeping the stash in a safe place is not the job for a contentious lush.