John Canzano of the PORTLAND OREGONIAN emailed me this afternoon to report that Oregon starting quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has been charged with one count of second degree burglary for his role in an incident at an Oregon fraternity house on Jan. 24.
Former Oregon player Garrett Embry has also been charged with one count of burglary. The two will be arraigned on Friday morning at the Lane County courthouse in Eugene, Oregon.
KVAL-TV has more details on the case. Read more…
An Oregon-based source reported to me Sunday that the case involving a Univ. of Oregon student’s allegation that he had personal items stolen from his fraternity house room on Jan. 24 by Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has gone to a grand jury.
In a correspondence, my source claimed: “The grand jury has this in front of them. It will be difficult to charge Masoli, though it appears he probably was involved.”
Last week University of Oregon football players Garrett Embry and Jeremiah Masoli were accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of stuff from a frat house on the University of Oregon campus. The theft allegedly took place on Jan 24.
(Theft suspect Embry was expendable for Oregon Coach Chip Kelly)
Yesterday Oregon football coach Chip Kelly announced that Embry was, “dismissed from the program on Jan. 8 for a violation of team rules.”
Ken Goe of the PORTLAND OREGONIAN correctly observes that after the Embry alleged theft on Jan. 24, “Oregon officials refused to confirm he had been dismissed (from the team).”
But if he was dismissed on Jan. 8, why did Kelly wait until yesterday to announce it?
Greg Bolt of the EUGENE REGISTER-GUARD has a follow today on the recent theft incident at a Univ. of Oregon frat house. At least one report by a Eugene TV station yesterday indicated that Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was named in a report of the incident but that police did not consider him a suspect.
(Also revealed: Why ESPN isn’t covering Masoli story)
Not true, according to the Eugene Police Department spokesperson today.
UPDATE (3:35p ET): The Mac-centric site CultofMac.com reported last Thursday that Phil Knight gave 550 laptops at a cost of $1M to Oregon athletes that were specially engraved to prevent theft.
Engraver Joe Mansfield:
The 550 laptops were gifted to the University of Oregon by Nike (Phil Knight).
I pitched the idea of branding the laptops with laser engraving both for aesthetic and security reasons. The laptops have a unique identifier number engraved on the underside for inventory purposes.
Mind-boggling irony given what UO athletes Masoli and Embry stand accused of today.
Lindsay Schnell of the PORTLAND OREGONIAN confirms this afternoon that University of Oregon starting quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who has served jail time in the past for admitted armed robberies, has been accused of theft in a Univ. of Oregon fraternity house:
The Eugene Police Department confirmed this morning that its officers are investigating an alleged theft, and the student who filed the report has told The Oregonian that the men he accuses in it are University of Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and wide receiver Garrett Embry.
Fraternity member Max Wolfard filed a police report alleging that the players took two MacBook Pro computers valued at $2,000 apiece and a $900 guitar from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house at 812 E. 14th Ave. in Eugene early Sunday.
Wolfard was quoted by the Oregonian about the incident.