San Francisco A University of New Mexico football player’s saggy pants led to his arrest and removal from an airplane at San Francisco International Airport, authorities said Thursday.
DeShon Marman, 20, was boarding a flight Wednesday to Albuquerque, N.M., when a US Airways employee noticed his pants were below his buttocks, and his boxer shorts were showing, Sgt. Michael Rodriguez of the San Francisco Police Department told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Marman refused the employee’s request to pull up his pants and failed to comply immediately when she asked him to get off the plane, Rodriguez said, adding Marman injured a police officer when he was being arrested.
The player was arrested on suspicion of trespassing, battery of a police officer and obstruction of a police investigation, Rodriguez told the Associated Press.
Marman’s mother, Donna Doyle, told the newspaper her son was emotionally fragile after the funeral of his close friend, who died 11 days after being shot.
A US Airways spokesperson said the airline forbids inappropriate attire.
UNC forced to make records public
Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina has released documents showing a group of Tar Heel football players accumulated more than $13,000 in parking citations over a 31⁄2-year period.
The school released the documents Thursday, a day after the state Court of Appeals denied the school’s request to delay the release of those records pending an appeal. A Wake County Superior Court judge had ruled in April that the school withheld documents it should have provided to requesting media outlets covering the NCAA investigation into the football program.
The documents show that the players combined for 395 citations between March 2007 and August 2010, though the records don’t specify which players received each violation. The citations ranged in penalty from $5 for improperly displaying a parking permit to $250 for parking in a fire lane or in a handicapped parking space.
The citations totaled $13,185.
UK changes Calipari’s win total
Lexington, Ky. — It turns out Kentucky coach John Calipari hasn’t reached 500 career victories after all.
The school says it will change Calipari’s career record because of 42 vacated victories from his time at Memphis and Massachusetts. In a statement, Kentucky said it had consulted with the NCAA and determined it was “in error” to have celebrated Calipari’s 500th career win against Florida on Feb. 26.
The school says it will report Calipari’s career record “consistent with the NCAA’s official records and statistics.”
NBA gets ‘A’ for diverse hiring
The NBA received the highest grade ever issued on racial and gender hiring practices among men’s professional leagues, continuing a recent trend.
The league received an A+ for race and an A- on gender for a combined A in this year’s Racial and Gender Report Card from the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.
While the NFL and Major League Baseball have shown significant improvement on racial and gender hiring in recent years, the NBA is the only men’s pro league to receive a combined A. TIDES has been studying diversity hiring in sports since 1987.
“I think it’s the leadership of (NBA Commissioner) David Stern,” said Dr. Richard Lapchick, director of TIDES.
Mavs fans celebrate title
Dallas — The face of the Dallas Mavericks laughed, sang and even seemed to tear up.
For Dirk Nowitzki, the only thing that could come close to being an NBA champion for the first time was celebrating it with the fans in his adopted hometown of Dallas.
An estimated crowd of 200,000 crammed downtown Thursday for a parade in the team’s honor, with another 20,000 or so filling the arena for a rally filled with emotional moments.
Pirates catcher’s wife attacked
Pittsburgh — A man attacked the wife of Pirates catcher Chris Snyder in a traffic dispute while Snyder sat in the car, unable to get out because he’d had back surgery, Pittsburgh police said.
Carla Snyder and the scooter-riding man, Subhash Arjanbhi Modhwadia, nearly collided Wednesday. The 44-year-old Modhwadia followed her to a gas station, kicked the vehicle and swung at Carla Snyder, police said. He also ripped a mirror off the car.
Wild name Yeo as new coach
St. Paul, Minn. — For the second time in two years, Chuck Fletcher is sticking his neck out on the rising star instead of the recycled vet.
The Wild general manager hopes the second time goes better than the first.
Mike Yeo, who at 37 is even younger than his predecessor Todd Richards was when hired as Wild coach, will become the youngest coach in the NHL when he’s introduced at a news conference at 11 a.m. today.
The bold hire for a team that’s missed the playoffs for three consecutive years comes after Yeo completed his rookie American Hockey League season by guiding the Houston Aeros to the Calder Cup Finals.