'Stressed out' after arrest, Duquesne player caught toking up

Posted: September 07, 2007

Duquesne basketball forward Stuard Baldonado, suspended from the Pittsburgh school Wednesday after being charged with drug violations, was arrested near the campus again hours later that day on a misdemeanor drug charge.

Baldonado, one of five Dukes players shot on campus a year ago this month, was initially arrested last Friday and charged with criminal conspiracy involving the manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance. He was indefinitely suspended from the university and the basketball team on Wednesday after school officials reviewed the situation.

A few hours later on Wednesday night, Pittsburgh police said they spotted Baldonado smoking by himself on a street corner near the Duquesne campus. After being questioned, the 22-year-old Baldonado was told he would be mailed a summons charging him with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, police said yesterday.

Police said Baldonado told one of the officers, who also was involved in his arrest last week, that he was "stressed out."

Further complicating Baldonado's situation, the Associated Press learned yesterday through court records that Baldonado was charged in May with aggravated battery and false imprisonment in a domestic violence case in Miami-Dade County, Fla., where he once played for Miami Dade College. Baldonado has a girlfriend and a child there.

Baldonado, from Colombia, was seriously wounded during the Sept. 17, 2006, shootings that injured four teammates. But Baldonado was making a strong recovery, and was practicing with the team in advance of a Canadian tour last week before being suspended.

In other college basketball news:

* Holy Cross coach Ralph Willard has agreed to a 5-year contract extension that will keep him at the school until 2013.

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* Marcus and Markieff Morris, twins who led Prep Charter's basketball team to two consecutive PIAA Class AA state championships, will spend a prep school year at Living Faith Christian Academy in Cherry Hill.

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* Anaheim Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer, considering retirement at 34, said he won't be on the ice when camp opens next week. The defenseman did not rule out the possibility of joining the team during the season.

* The Chinese won their third straight men's gymnastics world championship in Stuttgart, Germany. Japan was second, Germany third and the U.S. team sixth.

* A day before the opening of the Rugby World Cup in France, the world's three leading news agencies suspended coverage of the 6-week tournament in a dispute with the sport's governing body over media restrictions. *

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