You have to hand it to Norfolk State: while they might not be a sports powerhouse, their athletes keep finding new ways to get publicity (and in this age, notoriety is just as good as fame). First you had the two track athletes who were arrested for firing guns at a resort during Spring Break, and then trying to hide the guns by burying them at the beach - the perfect thing for little Timmy to find when he’s digging for seashells.
But now the VIRGINIAN-PILOT has a story which might trump that: a starter on the men’s basketball team and a women’s volleyball player, were among a group of six students arrested in connection to a string of motel robberies in the Norfolk area. And if that’s not enough, the volleyball player, freshman Jourdan Ellison, told police that she and another female student were used as bait to lure unsuspecting victims to their doom:
In an affidavit for a search warrant filed in Norfolk Circuit Court, police wrote that while investigating an April 3 robbery at hotel on North Military Highway, they spoke with Jourdan Ellison who told them that she and Shannon Jordan “were sent out to find two victims to rob.”
“They met two military members at a bar and lured them back to the Americas Best Value Inn where they were robbed at gunpoint,” Detective F. E. Curott wrote in the affidavit.
Sounds like a bad remake of “An Officer and a Gentleman,” except with less fake pregnancy and more robbery. Ellison also fingered two men as the people who actually committed the robberies, including Spartans basketball starter Brandon Monroe. When pressed by police, Monroe admitted to being involved but said that he was “just the driver” - which apparently makes it OK.
Needless to say, both athletes have been suspended from their teams as the investigation unfolds. In Ellison’s team bio, it says that she wants to “work in public relations.” I’d say that finding a way to put a positive spin on this story would be a good place to start.