Venoy Overton Charged With Providing Alcohol To A Minor

Washington guard Venoy Overton was charged with providing alcohol to a minor stemming from an incident with a 16-year-old girl. The prosecutor's office declined to file sexual assault charges, but had enough evidence to charge Overton with the gross misdemeanor.

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Venoy Overton Suspended For The 2011 Pac-10 Tournament

After months of investigation, Washington Huskies guard Isaiah Thomas thought the controversy about a previously unnamed player's encounter with a minor were behind the team.

"I kind of thought it was over," said Isaiah Thomas when asked if he ever wondered when the day would come that Overton would get charged. "I mean I don't know how the law works and things like that, but once they said he wasn't charged for [the sexual assault allegation] I thought it was over. But obviously it's not."

However, with the announcement that Washington Huskies guard Venoy Overton would be charged with providing alcohol to a minor, coach Lorenzo Romar has suspended him for the entirety of the Pac-10 Tournament, as written by Seattle Times reporters Percy Allen and Jennifer Sullivan.

Huskies | UW basketball standout Overton charged with furnishing alcohol to minor | Seattle Times Newspaper
The Huskies played the past three months while a player was under investigation.

Shortly after Venoy Overton was charged Tuesday with furnishing alcohol to a minor, coach Lorenzo Romar suspended the senior guard from this week's Pac-10 Conference tournament.

Overton, UW's most experienced player and a defensive standout, will travel with the Huskies to Los Angeles, but he'll watch from the sidelines when No. 3 Washington faces sixth-seed Washington State at Staples Center 8:40 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals of the single-elimination tournament.

Although Overton was not made available for comment today, Romar did indicate that the senior "could possibly" release a statement at some point.

Romar also said during today's press conference that in addition to the suspension Overton had already been disciplined internally and will be available should they make the NCAA tournament, but for now this decision was about something bigger than basketball and the fact that it was made swiftly is an indication of how seriously Romar took it.

"I don't know if the decision was as tough as- you're more disappointed," said Romar when asked if this is the toughest decision he's had to make about a player. "It's tough, but we all have to learn."

As indicated by the Seattle Times article, by no means were basketball considerations the primary topic of discussion at the press conference but Romar said that his team will now have to come together in order to move forward with the Pac-10 tournament - and a third meeting against Washington State - looming.

"I know guys love their teammate and they know they're going to go to battle without him on the floor," said Romar. "That'll make it tough, but we have to go on."

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Venoy Overton Charged With Providing Alcohol To A Minor

Washington guard Venoy Overton was charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor on Tuesday after a lengthy investigation into sexual assault allegations stemming from an incident involving a 16-year-old girl. Citing insufficient evidence, the King Count Prosecutor’s office declined to charge Overton with any sexual assault related crime, but found he did provide alcohol to the female in question. The news comes as Washington prepares for the Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles with a bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line.

The Seattle PI’s Gerry Spratt reported the news, just a short time before Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar meets with the media for his typical Tuesday press conference.

According to the charging document, Overton is accused of providing alcohol to a minor on Jan. 8, a gross misdemeanor. If found guilty, Overton likely will do community service

Overton will head to court on April 1 to answer to the charge. There’s been no word on what kind of punishment Overton faces from Romar and the team, though a suspension is possible.

For the latest, including Romar’s reaction and news from his press conference, stay tuned to this StoryStream. For more on the Huskies, check out SB Nation’s UW Dawg Pound.

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