The situation with Khaynin Mosley-Smith, Eric Williams and Drew Carswell, is not as bad as it could be. But it really isn’t good. I won’t be surprised if all three never play again for Pitt. I also won’t be shocked if two of the three get reinstated by the start of camp in August.
To say they made some bad choices is putting it mildly.
Police had been conducting an ongoing investigation in South Oakland and bought 20 stamp bags of heroin for $185 on Thursday night outside a house on Juliet Street from a man identified as Darnell Reed-Young, 22, according to a criminal complaint.
Police obtained a search warrant for the house, and as they prepared to enter, a man identified as Khaynin Mosley-Smith, 21, left the house.
Mosley-Smith, a member of the Pitt football team, told police that he lived there.
When police searched the home early Friday, they found drug packaging material and paraphernalia. Also inside were Pitt players Eric Williams, 20, and Andrew Carswell, 21. Police found a digital scale with white residue in Carswell’s bedroom.
Police charged the three football players by summons with prohibited acts.
Reed-Young admitted selling the heroin to a detective, police said, and all three Pitt players live in the home. He was taken to the Allegheny County Jail and faces several drug-related charges, including possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
Do I think the three were shooting up or dealing? No. Do I think they were knowingly allowing someone who was dealing, do it from their place? Yes.
I think Carswell is done. With the scale in his room he is looking at being the most directly tied to the dealer and his activities. Not simply knowing what the dealer does, but facilitating. He may be looking at only misdemeanor criminal charges, but those direct connections will be the reason he is almost certainly finished as a player on the football team.
As for Williams and Smith it is less clear. How much did they know? Cynically, do they have plausible deniability?
Now it is possible that Carswell falls on his sword for the other two. He might tell Chryst and the administration that it was all his fault. His “friend.” He let the guy use his room. The other two had nothing to do with it. They, at worst, were guilty of not wanting to get Carswell in trouble.
The problem with that is this part from the P-G story.
Once it was confirmed that the drugs purchased tested positive for heroin, the officers obtained a search warrant for the house. They then called for the city SWAT team to help execute it.
Investigators went in about 1:30 Friday morning. A search of the house revealed drug packaging material and paraphernalia in the common areas of the house, the complaint said.
That’s a little harder to explain away assuming “common areas” means what most of us presume it to mean.
There may be more to the story — there usually is — but right now it does look good for the future of the three as being members of the Pitt football team.