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Projected Murray State Starter Charged With Assault

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.

Article written by Corey Nichols

11 Comments for Projected Murray State Starter Charged With Assault

  1. Carolina Blue is past tense for CAROLINA BLOWS
    9:09 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    Not Jerry, is that you? Negative story that does not “bode” well. Just sayin.

  2. Musehobo
    9:12 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    While I would love to agree with you on the Racers being the second best team in the state last year (not sure if you’re just poking at little brother or actually being serious), but despite their records, two teams from Kentucky made the Final Four and neither were Murray State. If this is smack against the U of Losers, disregard my statement.

  3. read plz
    9:16 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    “Minus a somewhat miraculous tournament run by the dirty Birds”

  4. UK Homer
    9:20 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    U of L made the final four? I had no idea because every time I’m around my Card friends I talk loudly about #8. I knew we beat them in the tourney last year, but honestly all of these W’s over the basketball Cards are running together…

  5. CliffFrankLou
    9:30 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    A tribute to Louis Stout would be appropriate on this site.

  6. jason
    9:46 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    And some sites reported it very late last night. Give some credit.

  7. Another Perspective
    11:27 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    Jason: You’re an idiot. Reporting an incident doesn’t require that you acknowledge other people reported it earlier. It’s news of interest. Just read it and move on. Do you write all the major news outlets and complain that they don’t acknowledge that everyone else is reporting it, also?


  8. Aja
    12:19 pm September 10, 2012 Permalink

    Booking pix has already been deleted from the Calloway jail’s website.
    MSU minions leading furious back room efforts to get the charges reduced to misdemeanors.

  9. UK-Catfan
    1:06 pm September 10, 2012 Permalink

    #8 – Try looking at any of the pix on the site, none are available. Don’t really think “MSU minions” have anything to do with it, but I guess you feel bigger slandering without getting your facts straight.

  10. JSS
    1:33 pm September 10, 2012 Permalink

    Innocent until proven guilty, but given that this occurred in Walmart’s parking lot, I’d assume it’s on video. Sounds pretty damning, two counts of Assault 1st.

  11. AminuTimberlake'sNanny
    2:05 pm September 10, 2012 Permalink

    #8 who the hell are the msu minions? and what are they a minion to?

    who knows why this kid this? for instance, if he hit two marshall county ingrates giving him a hard time because of the color of his skin, i wish he would’ve hit them harder. jussayin’…