BREAKING - Aaric Murray, who is currently sitting out this year for the WVU basketball team after transferring from LaSalle in the offseason was arrested at home in Philadelphia this morning on charges of possession of narcotics, BlueGoldNews.com is reporting.
According to CBS Sports:
Police spokesperson Tanya Little confirmed that the 22-year-old Murray, a Philadelphia native who is sitting out this season after transferring from La Salle, was arrested at 9:50 a.m. on the 1700 block of South 20th St. and is currently being held on bail.
Huggs issued a statement saying the matter will be handled internally.
It's too early to tell what might come of this. As of yet, there is no indication of what type of drug it was, or how much was involved. Both of those issues could potentially affect Murray's legal punishment as well as his basketball punishment.
A small amount of marijuana would likely not land him in jail unless he has some sort of extensive record that we don't know about. In that case, we could see Murray (an outstanding player and potentially valuable member of next year's team) back in a WVU uniform at some point next season after a lengthy punishment by Huggins, similar to what happened with Mazzulla and Thoroughman after they were arrested, albeit on less serious underage drinking and disorderly conduct charges.
If the drug is anything harder, like crack cocaine or heroin, though, I would not expect to see Murray on WVU's campus ever again, let alone on the basketball team. Without commenting on his innocence or guilt, I will point out that this happened in Philadelphia, home of the save Villanova team scheduled to visit the Coliseum in less than a week. Could Wildcat alums posing as cops in suburban Philly have been targeting Murray in an attempt to distract WVU and Coach Huggins? One can never be too sure.
We will let you know more as the story develops.
UPDATE: Metronews is reporting marijuana, not narcotics