Charges against Theodore dropped

Gun charges filed against junior Jordan Theodore, a member of the men’s basketball team, have been dropped, according to a release Tuesday from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

The charges stemmed from a Feb. 15 incident that allegedly involved Theodore and ex-men’s basketball player Keon Lawrence in the parking lot of Xavier Hall.

Shortly after the gun charges went public in an story, Dr. Laura Wankel, vice president of Student Affairs, issued a statement.

“The University has conducted an investigation into this matter and found no student in violation of University policy,” Wankel said in the statement. “The University takes seriously any report that potentially threatens the safety and well-being of our community.”

Theodore missed no time on the basketball court after the charges were filed, playing in a Pirates’ game just four days later at Marquette.

According to the release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, “…detectives conducted an investigation of the incident. As the investigation concluded, a determination was made that there is insufficient credible evidence to warrant prosecution.”

The alleged Feb. 15 incident followed an altercation that broke out in the seats of Prudential Center between Theodore’s mother, Carol, and the Tiffany Accor, the partner of Lawrence’s mother Darlene Epps. It occurred during a basketball game vs. Villanova.

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Author: Staff Writer

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