NC State running back Thornton has court date on misdemeanor assault charge

jgiglio@newsobserver.comAugust 4, 2013 

N.C. State's running back Shadrach Thornton runs for a 19-yard touchdown against The Citadel during the first half of a NCAA college football game Saturday, September 22, 2012, at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C.

ETHAN HYMAN — ehyman@newsobserver.com

The legal trouble for N.C. State running back Shadrach Thornton occurred at the campus library, according to court documents obtained Monday.

Thornton, the Wolfpack's leading rusher a year ago, was charged with misdemeanor assault on a female on June 6 after he got into an argument with a woman who identified herself as his girlfriend at D.H. Hill Library the previous day, according to the arrest report.

A university employee noticed Thornton and the complainant, also an N.C. State student, were in an argument at the library around 5:30 p.m, according to the N.C. State Police report. Thornton grabbed the complainant by the arm and pushed her against the wall, according to the warrant for his arrest.

The university employee then notified the N.C. State Police, who arrested Thornton the next day after an investigation. There were no visible signs of the alleged assault on the complainant, according to the police report.

Doeren issued a statement on Sunday night which said Thornton had been suspended after the arrest but the sophomore had earned his way back to the team. Thornton practiced on Friday and Saturday and participated in the team's "Meet the Pack" day on Sunday.

"We were made aware of the situation in June and Shadrach was suspended immediately," Doeren said in a statement released by the school on Sunday. "We have certain standards that we want our players to live by, on and off the field, and he did not live up to those standards.

"He had to earn his way back into team activities."

Thornton led the Wolfpack with 694 rushing yards despite not playing in the first three games of the 2012 season. He had four 100-yard rushing games, including three in ACC play, as a true freshman and he also caught 30 passes for 282 yards.

Thornton had on-field issues during the spring game. Three fumbles knocked Thornton down the depth chart behind junior Tony Creecy. If the off-field issues cost Thornton any game time, that could potentially open the door for freshman running back Matt Dayes. Thornton and Creecy, who ran for 476 yards last season, are the only two returning running backs on scholarship.

Thornton, 20, is due in Wake County court on Aug. 22 for the charge. Thornton and N.C. State coach Dave Doeren were not available for comment on Monday.

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