Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Seton Hall issued the following statement in response to the SNY.tv article on Jordan Theodore.
“The University has conducted an investigation into this matter and found no student in violation of University policy. The University takes seriously any report that potentially threatens the safety and well-being of our community,” said Laura Wankel, vice president of Student Affairs.
Kathy Carter, spokesperson for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, reiterated Thursday that Theodore had been accused and effectively charged with possession of a handgun on school grounds as a result of the Feb. 15 incident.
“The judge’s ruling essentially means he has been charged with the weapons offense,” she said by email. “It will still be reviewed by our office and we will determine whether it should be presented to the grand jury for possible indictment.”
Even though the charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in state prison, Theodore is unlikely to serve any jail time — as the original SNY.tv story indicates.
New Jersey criminal defense attorney Ron A. Venturi, who is not directly involved in the case, said, “A first offender convicted of a third-degree crime has the presumption of non-incarceration.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.