Boys' Latin lacrosse player suspended after DUI charge

Trial date yet to be set for faceoff specialist

May 28, 2010|By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

Boys' Latin senior lacrosse standout R.G. Keenan, who led the No. 2 Lakers to Saturday's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title game, was suspended from the school after officials learned on Monday that he had been charged with a number of vehicle violations, including DUI charges, on April 25.

According to Baltimore County public records, Keenan, 18, was issued five citations — two DUI citations, driving while impaired, failure to drive right of center and negligent driving — at 6:20 a.m. on April 25. Keenan's attorney, Leonard H. Shapiro, said Keenan, a Perry Hall resident, was returning home from his girlfriend's house when he received the citations.

"Nobody got hurt, he was very cooperative with the police, and we intend to defend the case, so it's not as if a conviction would be a forgone conclusion. But he and his family are dealing with this with the appropriate degree of seriousness. He doesn't want this to jeopardize his future or anybody's safety, and he and his family are certainly taking this seriously," said Shapiro.

Attempts to reach the Keenan family were unsuccessful.

In a written statement, Boys' Latin Headmaster Christopher J. Post wrote the incident first came to the school's attention on late Monday. Keenan, who has a scholarship to play lacrosse at North Carolina, was immediately suspended from all school activities pending an internal investigation. Graduation at Boys' Latin is on June 5.

Post's statement continued: "R.G.'s actions of initially lying to school staff about his charges, coupled with the actions alleged in the charges filed against him, violate numerous elements of BL's code of conduct and Honor Code. This has been an extremely difficult situation for the Keenan family and for the school. As in all disciplinary cases, the school conducts a thorough investigation of each incident, and the administration, along with the Honor Board as appropriate, applies a related range of disciplinary consequences when any portion of the code is breached. Individual actions, by individual students have individual consequences as outlined in BL's clear code of conduct."

Keenan, a captain who is often regarded as the top high school faceoff specialist in the country, played in five regular season games and two playoff games after the incident. The Lakers were ranked No. 1 in the area before losing to St. Paul's, 17-7, in Saturday's MIAA title game.

Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver said the program is not nominating Keenan for any postseason awards. He was in consideration for the prestigious C. Markland Kelly Award, which is awarded to the best high school lacrosse player in the state, the Baltimore/Washington All-Tewaaraton team and the All-MIAA team.

Keenan also earned a roster spot on the Under Armour All-American Lacrosse Classic, which is set for July 3 at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium but was removed from the South team.

Shapiro said a trial date has yet to be set and if one were to be scheduled while Keenan was away at college, a postponement request would be generated so he could take care of the matter when he is home, possibly during Thanksgiving or Christmas breaks.

North Carolina athletic director Dick Baddour released a statement regarding the incident.

"We've just become aware of the situation. Both the University and athletic department will do the due dilligence. We will gather information and after we have a chance to do that, we will be able to make a more informed decision."

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