Maryland back faces uncertain future Larry Washington still may be charged

August 18, 1992|By Milton Kent and Ashley McGeachy | Milton Kent and Ashley McGeachy,Staff Writers

Maryland running back Larry Washington still may face charges stemming from the unauthorized use of a credit card that allegedly was stolen by one of his teammates.

Lt. Don Smith, a spokesman for the university's police department, said an investigation is continuing into the case where Kevin Washington, a redshirt freshman wide receiver from Dunbar High, was arrested and charged with forgery and theft last Friday.

Smith said that while Larry Washington was not charged at the time he was questioned, police have not ruled out charging him.

Meanwhile, the player is pondering his future, as he awaits word from the police.

"I'll have to see what's best for me and the future," said Larry Washington. "I've learned not to follow behind friends. I know not to do this again. I'm just embarrassed about the situation."

This was going to be the week that Washington, a sophomore who ran for 2,275 yards and 36 touch- downs in his senior season at Randallstown, was hoping to make enough of a favorable impression on new coach Mark Duffner to earn a spot in the Terps' offense.

He also was planning to finish up courses in the second summer session, after getting a 3.4 grade-point average in the first session, to get reinstated to the school and become eligible to play.

Instead, Washington is in limbo, placed on indefinite suspension from the team by Duffner.

"Hopefully, I can get over this and move forward," said Washington yesterday. "I hope I can get things back together."

Washington, who ran for 195 yards on 51 carries last season in eight games, was questioned by police last week in connection with his possible involvement with forgery and theft charges filed against Kevin Washington, who is not related to Larry Washington.

Last Friday, university police arrested and charged Kevin Washington with forging checks that he allegedly stole from a dormitory roommate, as well as the theft of another roommate's credit cards.

Kevin Washington was released on his own recognizance from a District Court in Hyattsville on three counts of forgery. He also was charged with nine counts of misdemeanor theft.

Pete Pompey, who was Kevin Washington's football coach at Dunbar, as well as the school's boys basketball coach and athletic director, said he was "shocked" at the allegations made against Washington.

"I'd like to talk with Kevin," said Pompey. "That's not the kind of kid that I know him to be. He never broke so much as a minor rule. He's a young man with outstanding character."

Kevin Washington could not be reached for comment.

Smith said Kevin Washington was charged with forging the stolen checks to pay for pizza deliveries, as well as stealing credit cards.

Smith said Kevin Washington was not charged with using the credit cards.

But Larry Washington admitted to using one of the cards to purchase a pair of tennis shoes and clothing. He said he returned the items he purchased with the card to police and was not charged when he was questioned.

Duffner suspended both players indefinitely and, through a school spokesman, declined to comment.

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