Legal problems mount for N.C. State’s Greene

jgiglio@newsobserver.comApril 10, 2012 

— Injury and discipline problems have kept N.C. State running back Mustafa Greene off the practice field. Greene also has run into legal trouble off the field, court records show.

Greene was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia on April 2 in Raleigh and is scheduled to appear in Wake County District Court on May 10.

Before the misdemeanor charge, Greene, who missed the 2011 season with a foot injury, missed a week of spring practice because of a discipline-related incident during practice with coach Tom O’Brien. The problems in practice were not related to the legal charge.

“We are aware of the situation, and the appropriate action will be taken,” O’Brien said Tuesday.

Greene, 20, of Irmo, S.C., had an outstanding warrant from a traffic stop in Rowan County in February when Raleigh police went to his off-campus apartment the evening of April 2. According to the police report, a “grinder” for marijuana, with marijuana residue, was found in Greene’s possession.

Greene originally was charged with six traffic violations in Rowan County on Feb. 10, including speeding, reckless driving to endanger and driving without a license or insurance. Greene is scheduled to appear in Rowan County court on April 27.

Greene led the Wolfpack in rushing in 2010 as a true freshman with 597 yards and four touchdowns. He also caught 30 passes for 272 yards with two touchdowns. He suffered a foot injury in spring practice in 2011 and was unable to play last season. He has had two surgeries since the original ligament injury in April 2011.

Greene was cleared, on a limited basis, to return to practice for this spring and did so on March 23. He practiced for a week before the disciplinary action by O’Brien. On April 3, O’Brien was asked about Greene’s absence from practice.

“There are great rumors that he was kicked off the team, but there is nothing new that way,” O’Brien said last week. “He’s not practicing right now.”

The top two rushers from last season – senior James Washington (897 yards, 7 touchdowns) and sophomore Tony Creecy (392 yards) – return for the Wolfpack.

N.C. State returned to practice on Tuesday and will practice again on Thursday. Its spring game is set for April 21.

Giglio: 919-829-8938

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