The New Jersey State Police are processing Keon Lawrence’s blood test results and, depending on what those results yield and a number of other matters, Lawrence could play again this season for Seton Hall, sources said.
“They [the blood test results] have not come in,” Sgt. Stephen Jones of the New Jersey State Police said Tuesday by phone. “They went to the state police lab today [Tuesday] to be processed. Those results will be forwarded back to the trooper and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. They are not going to be released to the public.”
Lawrence and his attorney, Clifford J. Minor of Newark, are entitled to see the results once they come in. Minor did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.
“He’ll get a copy of it [the results] and the lawyer can request it through the prosecutor’s office,” one attorney said. “The lawyer will request discovery and that means that the prosecutor has to send over copies of the evidence, including the blood test results. If there were any other sobriety tests given, those results would be sent, too.”
Depending on the results of the blood test and other matters, Lawrence could return to Seton Hall this season, sources said.
The 6-foot-2 Lawrence, who transferred from Missouri and was eligible to play this season, has been suspended from the team indefinitely after causing a two-car accident while driving the wrong way on the Garden State Parkway early Monday morning.
Lawrence was arrested and charged with DWI and driving with a suspended license.
In an interview with Brian Price of SNY.tv that took place prior to the accident, Pirates coach Bobby Gonzalez defended his players in response to an article by Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com.
“They’re not criminals and they’re not thugs,” Gonzalez said. It’s like they’re [the media] waiting for a plane crash so they can count the survivors. We haven’t even played a game yet. I’m not saying my guys won’t do anything foolish and that they’re perfect angels, but the way Parrish writes about Herb [Pope] and Keon you’d think they’d robbed a bank before we got them. You’d think they were transferring here from Attica.”
Gary has since responded to those comments on his blog in a good read.
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