White announces he'll withdraw from U after hearingFreshman basketball player Royce White said he plans to withdraw from the University of Minnesota this week after a Monday court hearing failed to bring a resolution to his legal issues.
From Minnesota Daily.com
MINNEAPOLIS - Freshman basketball player Royce White said he plans to withdraw from the University of Minnesota this week after a Monday court hearing failed to bring a resolution to his legal issues.
White’s attorney, F. Clayton Tyler, said they’d hoped the case would be resolved at Monday’s arraignment, but negotiations with prosecutors were unable to produce a resolution “amenable to both sides.” A pretrial has been scheduled for Feb. 9, after which Tyler expects the case to go to trial.
Tyler told reporters outside of a downtown Minneapolis courtroom that they plan to contest the three misdemeanor trespassing charges White faces as the result of an investigation into the Nov. 7 theft of a laptop from a Territorial Hall dorm room.
White, who said he was “disappointed in how it turned out today,” said that since the case is going to trial he probably wouldn’t be allowed to play and that he doesn’t want to risk another negative on-campus incident.
“It’s all about perception. Anything can happen a certain way, and I don’t want the perception to be that I’ve done anything wrong if I really haven’t. I just don’t want to risk that, so it’s best for me to just go home,” White said.
White hasn’t played this season after being suspended indefinitely Nov. 3 following an Oct. 13 incident at the Mall of America. White later pleaded guilty to charges of theft and disorderly conduct in connection with the case.