When Fresno Pacific guard Lenny Young received news from his coach that he was dismissed from the team, he handled it like any mature, self-respecting, reasonable adult would… if being a mature, self-respecting, reasonable adult means stripping down naked, running through town on a drunken rampage, knocking a woman to the ground, trying to fight a cop, punching a dog, attempting to steal a police car and then getting Tased by police.
It all happened Monday night after Young was informed by his coach, Chris Wright, that he was no longer part of the Fresno Pacific basketball program after violating “team standards.”
From the Fresno Bee:
Young’s friends, who said they were members of the Fresno Pacific basketball team, told the officer that Young had been kicked off the team about an hour earlier. They said he “tore up” his apartment in the nearby Cypress Pointe complex, then ran naked into the street.
Witnesses at a gas station said Young assaulted two women in the parking lot, knocking one to the ground. Young also reportedly pounded his fists on the bullet-proof glass at the store and on several cars in the parking lot.
As officer Brian Sturgeon was getting his dog, Jack, out of his police car, Young ran up to him. Sturgeon pushed Young back, but Young got in the front seat and put the car in drive.
Sturgeon and Young grappled, and Jack bit Young on his thigh. Young hit the dog as he tried to drive off. Sturgeon and Jack were only partially in the car as they tried to stop Young.
Sturgeon managed to put a foot on the brake pedal, but Young drove the car at about 10 mph across the street. It came to a stop at the gas station.
Officers tried to pull Young from the car. Officer Zack Chastain shot his Taser at Young, but it had no effect. He tried twice more, but he could not slow Young.
Young kept a strong grip on the steering wheel as Sturgeon and officer Theran Higginbotham tried to pull him from the car. Finally, a blow to Young’s wrist with a flashlight loosened his grip on the steering wheel, and he was pulled out of the car and handcuffed.
No officers were injured, and Jack was unharmed.
It all sounds like deleted Will Ferrell scenes from Old School. And Jersey Shore might have just found its new cast member.
In all seriousness, this is alarming behavior. Somebody could have been seriously hurt. Fresno Pacific’s athletic director, Dennis Janzen, said Young was doing well in school before this incident. So let’s just hope it was an isolated incident. A bizarre, alcohol-fueled, isolated incident. At any rate, if he deals with hardships by drinking and also tends to become violent when when drinking, then let’s hope he has the sense to get help for that.
[Kudos, The Dagger]