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Joseph arrest prompted early return
by Paul Kennedy, February 24th, 2011 11:31PM

TAGS:  jurisprudence, mls, new england revolution


[MLS] New England players Shalrie Joseph and Kevin Alston were sent home earlier this week from the Revs' training camp in Orlando, Fla., after Joseph was arrested by police officers.

According to an Orlando Police Department arrest affidavit, Joseph was arrested and booked following an incident stemming from police officers responding to complaints about a loud party at the team hotel early Monday morning.

Joseph was arrested on charges of “trespass in dwelling after warning” when he refused to return to his room as ordered by the officers.

“I’m not doing nothing wrong," he said. "I’m not going anywhere.’’

The team sent home Joseph and Alston, who was not mentioned in the arrest report, later that day.

New England has not given a reason for the players' dismissal from the training camp. It returned home from Florida Thursday.

The Revs head to Georgia next week to play two games against the Crew and one against Houston.
"We are aware of the situation involving Shalrie Joseph and Kevin Alston and we understand the New England Revolution are dealing with it," MLS executive vice president of player relations and competition Todd Durbin said on the league's official website. "The league will determine if any action is necessary."

  1. Alvaro Bettucchi
    commented on: February 25, 2011 at 7:55 a.m.
    With that kind of an attitude, I hope they will not be picked on the team for a year or two, until they learn to grow up. Soccer has enough problems in presenting the sport to the American public in a positive way, without such big egos. We need more Landon Donovan's, not "ugly American" types.
  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: February 25, 2011 at 8:46 a.m.
    Joseph has had behavior problems in the past too so I hope this isn't a pattern. He's a good player, but Alvaro's right. The league doesn't need thugs. I'm guessing he was drinking. Whatever happened to doing what the cops told you to do? Arguing with a guy with a gun is in a different league from disrespecting a ref, but Shalrie doesn't seem to get it.
  1. Philippe Fontanelli
    commented on: February 25, 2011 at 8:48 a.m.
    I have never liked SJ's behavior pattern on the field, I always thought he was "angry man" hating the world. I am sure he was very provocative as he is always with refs, teammates and players of the opposing team and even his own coaches and team managers. No respect at all to authority nor to anyone for that matter. But I beg to disagree here as there are 3 sides to a story. His side, the cops side and the truth. Remember everybody is innocent until proven guilty.
  1. David Borts
    commented on: February 25, 2011 at 9:27 a.m.
    As much as I am a believer in team discipline this incident is an outrage. Can you imagine Derek Jeter being arrested by Florida Police for not going back to his room? Unfortunately Shalrie Joseph and Kevin Alston possess two things in common, not white and "dred locks".If the players violated a team rule by being up at 330am then then team discipline is in order otherwise the Club should have hired Shalrie a lawyer and defended him instead of perpetuating the REV ling Brothers circus atmosphere that this team's management seems to thrive on.
  1. Kent James
    commented on: February 25, 2011 at 10:18 a.m.
    Maybe I'm missing something, but Joseph's being at a loud party doesn't seem to warrant an arrest unless he was refusing to leave after the host's (or the hotel management) asked him to, not the police. Additionally, I'm not sure what law would require that he return to his room. Seems to me this should be something for the Revs to figure out, not the police.
  1. Bob Escobar
    commented on: February 25, 2011 at 10:27 a.m.
    send him back to his homeland and never let him put a foot back in the USA, we don't need aholes like Joseph...this will send a message to anyone working with a work visa.
  1. Mike Gaynes
    commented on: February 25, 2011 at 10:52 a.m.
    Great idea. Let's deport people for partying. Who needs these danged foreigners, right, Bob?
  1. Kenneth Cabral
    commented on: February 25, 2011 at 12:10 p.m.
    Re: Bob Escobar's comment. What ever happened to due process? Also, I believe Shalrie's homeland is the Bronx.
  1. Margaret Manning
    commented on: February 25, 2011 at 1:02 p.m.
    "Can you imagine Derek Jeter being arrested by Florida Police for not going back to his room?" I should hope so. Your major complaint is that MLS players aren't given the same stupid deference shown the bigger sport stars here in America??? If you are a "guest" in a hotel, and management OR the police tell you to leave the premises (i.e., return to your room or leave the hotel), you DO it. I'll wait for more facts, but will never argue that a MLS player has a right to be an idiot.
  1. David Borts
    commented on: February 25, 2011 at 3:07 p.m.
    Shalrie Joseph is not in the US working on a work visa. He long ago gained his residence Actually the US Constitution guarantees us all the right to be idiots if we do not harm anybody else and are exercising our free speech rights. Shalrie was indeed being an idiot as a black man and that is exactly why this took place. The cops would have asked Jeter for his autograph
  1. Celeste Easter
    commented on: February 25, 2011 at 5:55 p.m.
    The constitution does not give you the right to remain in/on private property after you have been lawfully asked to leave hence the charge "Trespassing in a dwelling after warning". If the police were asked by the "host"/hotel management to address the loud party situation or if the noise from the party violated some city ordinance the police were legally empowered to address the situation and Joseph was obligated to comply or get arrested. I guess he chose the later. If we ordinary people have to follow the law I dont see why any athlete gets a pass regardless of their status.
  1. mike vias
    commented on: February 28, 2011 at 7:33 a.m.
    Celeste you hit the nail on the head ,people shouldn't make this a racial thing . Stupid is colored blind ,he's in his late 20's time to grow up,you get payed to play a game enjoy it.He should worry about staying in shape so he could play as long as he can,then maybe he will never have to get a real job!

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