4 Gophers Wrestlers Under Investigation for Selling Xanax

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http://www.fox9.com/news/investigators/144566379-story

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - The Fox 9 Investigators have learned four Gopher wrestlers at the University of Minnesota are under investigation for dealing the prescription drug, Xanax. Ten other players are suspected of using the anti-anxiety drug. In March, an informant told U of M Police the players called it "Zanny" and were selling it for $5 a pill, using it with caffeinated sports energy drinks to get high. The wrestling coach is J Robinson, who just finished his 30th season with the school. Police are investigating a series of post-season team meetings in March, in which Robinson allegedly ordered mandatory urine testing and told his players if they wrote a one-page personal essay about what they had done, they'd be "granted amnesty." On April 5, Robinson allegedly sent this text to his players: "Remember that paper is due on my desk by tomorrow evening. #1 What emotions you're feeling by getting caught, by letting yourself, your teammates, your parents down, how did it feel and do you want to feel that way again? #2, What did you learn from this? 3. What are you going to do different. Your plan so (it) Does not happen again."
 

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Sounds like a good punishment to me....kids lives don't need to be ruined for taking/selling Xanax. Stupid decision, sure, but pretty harmless.
 

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I think it's very admirable and father-like how he handled it. In this PC world, everyone goes straight to the cops, etc. Let the kids learn from it and move on. It doesn't mean they're bad kids.
 

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Selling a prescription drug such as Xanax (a schedule 4 medication) is a felony, and can be prosecuted federally. Is that something that should be brushed off with a one page essay? If these guys had been picked up selling this stuff on the street they would have been jailed. I would argue that they probably ARE bad kids, or at least not great ones... There is definitely some moral fiber that is lacking. They're division 1 scholarship athletes - not someone that is trying to make ends meet by turning to crime...
 



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The question everyone needs to address is whether or not abuse of prescribed drugs is the same as the use of illegal drugs.

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The question everyone needs to address is whether or not abuse of prescribed drugs is the same as the use of illegal drugs.

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It is a felony to sell Xanax unless you are a pharmacy and the buyer has a prescription.

Robinson covered up felonies in his program, and should be gone.
 


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Selling a prescription drug such as Xanax (a schedule 4 medication) is a felony, and can be prosecuted federally. Is that something that should be brushed off with a one page essay? If these guys had been picked up selling this stuff on the street they would have been jailed. I would argue that they probably ARE bad kids, or at least not great ones... There is definitely some moral fiber that is lacking. They're division 1 scholarship athletes - not someone that is trying to make ends meet by turning to crime...

THIS.
 



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Ya this is bad, you make players write one page essays when they get into fights with each other at practice, not for allegedly committing a felony. Hell it's a felony if you're just giving away prescription drugs. If true this is worse than anything going on with the basketball program. Who would of thought Coyle's first teat would be deciding the fate of the long time wrestling coach
 

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I don't know if the answer is to fire Robinson or suspend him for a year without pay for instance. I guess it depends if he is convicted of a crime. However, I think it become a somewhat slippery slope to fire him without a conviction while the U hired and still employ a convicted felon as an assistant basketball coach.
 

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I don't know if the answer is to fire Robinson or suspend him for a year without pay for instance. I guess it depends if he is convicted of a crime. However, I think it become a somewhat slippery slope to fire him without a conviction while the U hired and still employ a convicted felon as an assistant basketball coach.

Felonies that were not committed during his tenure as coach. If Kimani got a front charge tomorrow he'd be out the door.
 

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Felonies that were not committed during his tenure as coach. If Kimani got a front charge tomorrow he'd be out the door.
Yet still a convicted felon and the other is not, at least yet. I'm not here to protect Robinson, just think it is a slippery slope for the U to walk and not to appear to be talking out of both sides of their mouth.
 



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J Robinson doesn't get to determine what's appropriate punishment in something like this. If he didn't notify administration about this, he should've been fired yesterday.

Am I being too PC?????
 

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J Robinson doesn't get to determine what's appropriate punishment in something like this. If he didn't notify administration about this, he should've been fired yesterday.

Am I being too PC?????
I agree with you. This is very significant. And as far as the assistant basketball coach goes, he was found guilty and paid his dues. This is apples and oranges.
 

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J Robinson doesn't get to determine what's appropriate punishment in something like this. If he didn't notify administration about this, he should've been fired yesterday.

Am I being too PC?????

You are semi-correct

He should have been given a chance to resign, or then been fired.
 

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Robinson should hire a lawyer and start looking for a new job to pay his lawyer fees.
 

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Mr. Coyle, welcome back to the University of Minnesota.

Which of our many issues would you like to tackle first?
 

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STrib: J Robinson's Gophers wrestling coaching career could be in jeopardy

Robinson now could face several criminal charges, ranging from obstruction of justice to felony drug possession, according to Minneapolis defense attorney Ryan Pacyga.

The coach could be charged with obstruction of justice or interfering with an investigation if he was involved in destroying any of the pills, Pacyga said, adding, “[A felony charge] would be if law enforcement wanted to be nasty with the guy.”

Robinson, who has coached the Gophers to three national championships in his 30-plus years at Minnesota, did not respond to messages left on his phone. The statement from Kaler, who was not made available for interviews, continued: “There is currently an ongoing investigation, and at the request of authorities we are delaying a thorough internal investigation until the University of Minnesota Police Department’s (UMPD) work has concluded so as to not compromise the criminal investigation.

“It is our intention to fully investigate the concerning allegations involving our students and staff, but we will not do so until we are informed by UMPD that our actions will not interfere in any way with their work.”

http://www.startribune.com/j-robins...aching-career-could-be-in-jeopardy/381052981/

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Souhan: Making, breaking rules is Robinson's charm — and downfall

He’s a fascinating character and Hall of Fame coach, but even those who like J shouldn’t deify him. He seemed quite willing to bend rules. The Minnesota Daily once portrayed him in a well-researched article as a University slumlord. And there is no escaping the exact nature of his current troubles.

He appears to have covered up a felony.

I have no doubt he thought he was doing right by his program and his wrestlers, but he did wrong by his university and under the terms of his contract.

I hate to see him go.

But it’s probably time for him to go.

http://www.startribune.com/making-breaking-rules-is-j-robinson-s-charm-and-downfall/381053071/

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As more details come out, if he indeed did do what is alleged, he needs to go.
 

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As more details come out, if he indeed did do what is alleged, he needs to go.

I'm guessing how this should be done is being discussed right now--in the U's legal offices as much as in the AD's office. How a place so concerned with doing things correctly and public image can continue to f**k things up so consistently is beyond me.
 

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I don't think this is any greater than society in general where at least 2 percent of Americans are drug addled morons. It reaches every corner of society, it is merely the fact that schools, churches and business do not always get the press coverage that the Gopher teams do.
 

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Yet still a convicted felon and the other is not, at least yet. I'm not here to protect Robinson, just think it is a slippery slope for the U to walk and not to appear to be talking out of both sides of their mouth.
Why are you still carrying on about this? No one has ever agreed with this position.
 

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Why are you still carrying on about this? No one has ever agreed with this position.

What are talking about, I made a few posts on it yesterday and that was it. I also didn't realize you had to have agreement to post something. Wow
 

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Sounds like a good punishment to me....kids lives don't need to be ruined for taking/selling Xanax. Stupid decision, sure, but pretty harmless.

After the scale of the operation has come out, I take this back...I had assumed they were simply selling to a couple friends, not on the large scale that it now appears to be. Definitely not the right punishment any more.
 


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I am surprised that J has lasted 3 days since the revelations of the Xanax selling.
 






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