An athlete who was recruited by Canisius College’s men’s basketball program will no longer be part of the program, even after being released on bail by the state Supreme Court on Thursday.
Canisius athletic director Bill Maher told The News on Thursday evening that Sarion McGee would not join the Golden Griffins men’s basketball team as a transfer due to the serious weapons charges McGee is facing. because of his arrest on June 12 on the Canisius campus.
McGee faces 15 counts: two counts of second degree criminal possession of a weapon, 10 counts of third degree criminal possession of a weapon for high capacity magazines and three counts of criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds. If convicted of the most serious charge, he faces 15 years in prison.
“Given the seriousness of the charges against him, he will not be a member of the program,” Maher said.
Maher said McGee’s admissions process was not complete at the time of his arrest and subsequent arrest hearings, first in court in Buffalo last week and Thursday in the Supreme Court of Washington. ‘State.
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Canisius’ decision came after state Supreme Court Justice Debra Givens set McGee’s bail at $100,000, according to the Associated Press. Last week, Buffalo City Court Judge Andrew C. LoTempio declined to issue a bail decision for McGee.
McGee, 23, was arrested outside the Koessler Athletic Center on the Canisius campus nearly two weeks ago after campus police found two handguns, a shotgun and mags. large capacity in his car. According to court documents, campus police found the weapons and magazines during a scan of parking tags in the center parking lot.
During McGee’s initial hearing last week in Buffalo court, his attorney, Michael Seibert, told reporters the guns were legally registered in Wisconsin and were in his car, along with many of his belongings. personal, as he left his hometown of Milwaukee. in Buffalo to join the Canisius men’s basketball program.
McGee had signed a national letter of intent to join the Golden Griffins as a transfer from John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill., and also played at Grambling State University in Louisiana during the 2020-21 season. Canisius’ athletic department announced the signing of McGee in late April.
Maher said the Canisius coaching staff exercised due diligence in the process of recruiting McGee into the program, and signing a national letter of intent to join a program was conditional on admission. to college.
“The coaching staff felt comfortable with Sarion and with his mother,” Maher said. “The current account does not reflect our experience with Sarion and the young man they have come to know.”