Very early this morning, ESPN and others reported that Murray State Racer Zaveral Jackson was “accused of hitting two people with his car in a Walmart parking lot.” According to the Associated Press:
The 20-year-old sophomore was charged with two counts of first-degree assault and was being held Sunday night the Calloway County jail.
Police arrested Jackson around 4 p.m. following an altercation in the parking lot where he hit two people with his white Monte Carlo, causing minor injuries.
An arraignment was scheduled Monday morning.
Jackson was a reserve who averaged 4.9 points, 2.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds as a freshman. He was projected to start this year for Murray State, which went 31-2 and beat Colorado State in its NCAA tournament opener last March. The Racers lost to Marquette in the next round.
Minus a somewhat miraculous tournament run by the dirty Birds, the Racers were the second-best college basketball team in Kentucky last year, and there’s little doubt we were all rooting for them to get to the Sweet Sixteen against Marquette. So it’s unfortunate to see one of their rising stars in this sort of situation. The report doesn’t speak to the circumstances of the incident, but “assault” never bodes well. There are certain schools that you expect this sort of news from, and Murray typically isn’t one of them. Hopefully this can all get sorted out quickly.