Winthrop players will now have to get to bed early after coach Randy Peele instituted a mandatory midnight curfew in wake of yet another run-in with the law, according to The Herald.
Peele took the unusual step of declaring a midnight curfew after two players were jailed last week within hours of a scheduled practice. Senior guard Reggie Middleton and junior guard-forward Gideon Gamble were arrested at 2:45 a.m. Friday, less than four hours before they were supposed to be at a 6 a.m. practice.
The players had been drinking, according to a Rock Hill police report. They were charged with disorderly conduct-fighting after an incident that began inside and spilled into the parking lot of the McDonald's on Cherry Road across from campus.
Lt. Brad Redfearn, Rock Hill police spokesman, said officers used Tasers on both players and a third man not associated with the team before their arrests.
Middleton is the Eagles' top returning scorer after averaging 11 points and leading the team in steals. Robbie Dreher was the team's leading scorer last season, but he, along with teammate Julius Francis, were charged with criminal sexual misconduct in April after an incident involving a female, and they have since left the team.
Winthrop, which was picked to finish fifth in the Big South and is looking to improve on a 13-17 record, has yet to announce what disciplinary action Middleton and Gamble might face, but the latest incident is the second involving multiple players this offseason. Thus far, it's cost the entire team the ability to be out in the early-morning hours because a change in culture might be needed.
Here's was Gamble's comment following the incident, according to The Herald.
On his Twitter account, Gamble offered no apology.
"Unfortunate situation..." Gamble wrote. "But life is about decisions... And I can honestly say I can live with mine..."