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.
These infamous lines were allegedly said by former Seton Hall basketball player Kelly Whitney as he terrorized eight students during a robbery March 15, 2010 at a South Orange, N.J., home.
According to The Star-Ledger, which is covering the trial of Whitney and former Seton Hall player Robert “Stix Mitchell, Whitney had on a mask, gloves and was holding a gun when he demanded the money and marijuana from a student with whom he had smoked weed. Several students were on the floor and Whitney was tying one up.
Mitchell, who had been booted off the team by then-coach Bobby Gonzalez, claimed he didn’t know the robbery was going to happen and didn’t help Whitney plan it.
“Those were my friends,” he said of the victims. “I felt naive. I felt like I was used and I felt bad for them.”
Mitchell reportedly faces up to 341 years in jail — although the charges are generally merged at sentencing.
“I’ve never been in trouble,” Mitchell said in court Thursday. “I came from a comfortable Christian family and aspired to do great things.”
The trial is expected to last into June.
(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.