By: Jessica Griggs ~Campus News Editor~
Xavier basketball player JP Macura was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing official justice last week at an Oakley bar.
Macura, 20, was at RP McMurphy’s bar when he allegedly pulled his pants down and then presented responding police officers with a fraudulent I.D.
In a complaint filed by police, Macura, who was named the Big East 6th Man of the Year earlier this month, was allegedly “making unreasonable noise or an offensively coarse utterance, gesture or display or communicating unwarranted and grossly abusive language.”
The I.D. that Macura gave to the police reportedly belonged to Myles Fox Morrissey, a Xavier golfer from Tennessee, and listed an earlier birth date than Macura’s, according to police.
A not guilty plea was entered in writing by Macura’s attorney, Merlyn Shiverdecker, in court on Thursday.
In response to the incident, Xavier Athletics released a statement that said “We have been made aware of this situation and we’re working to collect all the facts.”
Macura and head basketball coach Chris Mack did not respond to the Newswire’s inquiries regarding the incident.
The university is unable to comment on specific students. However, Kelly Leon, an official spokesperson for the university said that there is a protocol in place that is followed when incidences like this occur.
“Xavier’s policy and standard practice is to investigate and pursue conduct action for student behavior that is not consistent with our community expectations,” Leon said. “When the Dean of Students office receives notification of student behavior occurring on or off campus that may violate Xavier’s Code of Student Conduct, University action is taken. Xavier regularly responds to reports of off-campus behavior as we see students as important ambassadors for our community values.”
Macura is set to appear in court again in early May.