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.
Former Seton Hall basketball coach Bobby Gonzalez can avoid a criminal record stemming from his arrest on a shoplifting charge if he successfully completes community service and pays restitution over the next year. The decision was made a hearing Thursday in Newark.
“We are very pleased with the resolution of this matter,” said Gonzo’s attorney, Anna Cominsky, according to The Star-Ledger. “Bobby’s acceptance into the PTI Program is an excellent result. This is the type of case that doesn’t warrant a criminal conviction, but rather a dismissal – and that’s exactly what will happen at the end of the PTI term. All charges against Bobby Gonzalez will be dismissed.”
Gonzo was accused of shoplifting a $1,400 satchel from a Polo Ralph Lauren store at The Mall at Short Hills in July. Police said Gonzalez had removed the bag’s security sensor device.
Gonzalez was fired in March after Seton Hall lost in the opening round of the NIT. He sued the school over his dismissal and reached a settlement in August.
Now it remains to be seen whether the volatile coach will land another coaching job elsewhere.
(The AP contributed; Photo courtesy Star-Ledger)
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.