Explanation for Mustafa Greene’s recent absence

Not what you want to see in the newspaper…but, it could be a lot worse.


Injury and discipline problems have kept N.C. State running back Mustafa Greene off the practice field. Greene has also run into legal trouble off the field.

Greene was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia on April 2 in Raleigh and has a May 10 court date in Wake County District Court.

Before the misdemeanor charge, Greene, who missed the 2011 season with a foot injury, missed a week of spring practice because of a discipline-related incident in practice with coach Tom O’Brien. The problems in practice were not related to the legal charge.

“We are aware of the situation and appropriate action will be taken,” O’Brien said today.

Greene, 20, of Irmo, S.C., had an outstanding warrant from a traffic stop in Rowan County when the Raleigh Police went to his off-campus apartment on April 2. According to a copy of the police report, a “grinder” for marijuana, with marijuana residue, was found in Greene’s possession.

Greene was originally charged in Rowan County in February for speeding, operating a vehicle without insurance, operating a vehicle without a license and a window tinting violation. Greene is schedule to appear in Rowan County court on April 27.

We’re all hoping that Mustafa can get all of this behind him and get things right for the 2012 football season.

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39 Responses to Explanation for Mustafa Greene’s recent absence

  1. TruthBKnown Returns 04/10/2012 at 4:05 PM #

    Way to make us proud, Mustafa.

    Here’s hoping you learn from this and straighten your life out. I trust the marine will handle this appropriately.

  2. Packfan28 04/10/2012 at 4:10 PM #

    Straighten your life out? That is pretty minor stuff TBK. You make him sound like some kind of hardened criminal with one foot on death row.

  3. baxter 04/10/2012 at 4:16 PM #

    I would bet if you walked into every dorm room on campus around 70% would have some form of paraphernalia in it. Felt like that when I was on walking around there 2003 – 09. This not “straighten your life out” material. It’s don’t be an idiot and leave your crap out in the open material.

    I’m definitely one who doesn’t think the consumption of pot is a big deal though I haven’t in god knows how long. Far worse, substantially worse, drugs out there.

  4. Packfan28 04/10/2012 at 4:22 PM #

    baxter, I agree with you. This is more a case of don’t be so stupid. In other words, don’t act like a normal kid.

  5. vtpackfan 04/10/2012 at 4:29 PM #

    OK, won’t throw any stones around my liberally constructred house. With that admitted, what the Cheech and Chong is a “grinder” with pot residue doing in the repertoire?
    Is it for baking your herb in delectables?
    New kind of Protein Shake?

  6. TruthBKnown Returns 04/10/2012 at 4:33 PM #

    Sorry, I think kids smoking weed need to turn something around. He also has some somewhat serious moving violations. Is he a kid that just likes to toke occasionally and made a bad driving move? Or is he a quasi-celebrity that thinks he can do any old thing he wants with disregard for the law?

    I’m sorry, but these actions justify someone calling for him to turn his life around. I wasn’t saying he was a murderer or something. But he needs to focus more on the right stuff.

    If a UNX player did this stuff, we’d be all over him like a hobo on a ham biscuit. I want Moose to get his life right. He might just be throwing his golden goose right down the toilet.

  7. Mike 04/10/2012 at 4:44 PM #

    Have to agree with the Badger on this one. Just b/c “everyone else” is doing it does not make it right. The stuff is illegal and we need to be above the law.

  8. TruthBKnown Returns 04/10/2012 at 4:44 PM #

    And didn’t he get busted because cops came to his room after he didn’t show up for his traffic violations?

    I certainly think he has some things to figure out.

  9. Pack85EE 04/10/2012 at 5:03 PM #

    Been there done that – sort of. The thing is, he has a free ride to college and a chance to go farther. He owes it to his parents and the school to stay clean and earn his scholarship. But he is just another 20 year old doing stupid things, driving without a license or insurance in a car with dark windows. The dark windows alone are begging cops to stop and harras you. Then having an outstanding warrant…..

    Looking back on my surviving the 70’s and 80’s before I came out of the fog somewhere around 25 – he just needs to grow up and quit being stupid. And sports is where a kid can focus to stay out of this mess.

    So no he’s not a hardened criminal but he needs to wake up now and not blow this golden chance. I hope OBrian lets him play this fall.

  10. Pack84 04/10/2012 at 5:17 PM #

    Any of you that don’t think college kids are smoking weed on every college campus in the country, ours included, are kidding yourselves. And I find it terribly hard to come down hard on a kid for something I did fairly often when I was at State. There are far worse things in the world.

  11. TruthBKnown Returns 04/10/2012 at 6:08 PM #

    And they all need to straighten up at some point.

  12. packpigskinfan23 04/10/2012 at 6:18 PM #

    I dont think anyone is saying kids do not smoke weed, or that they should be harshly punished for doing so. That is not what TBK is even saying. His biggest mistakes are driving without a licence(this means he isnt legally allowed to drive, not that he forgot it at home… that he DOES NOT HAVE A LICENCE), he was driving a car that WAS NOT INSURED, and then HE FAILED TO APPEAR IN COURT. Hence he was arrested. When they went to arrest him, he had paraphernalia ON HIM.

    The thought that he might smoke some green is not an issue with me one bit. Its the many mistakes he made that got him to that point. He is not a hardened criminal, however he could definitely use some straightforward tough love from his coach. Im not talking getting booted, but a one to two game suspension seems reasonable.

    I dont think that is unreasonable at all. In fact I am saying all this with the experience of being charged with every charge he has- multiple times(aside from the window tint). Not even all that long ago. He has a great opportunity, and someone needs to remind him of that.

  13. Hungwolf 04/10/2012 at 7:17 PM #

    This will be in newspaper and on WRAL cause it is a State player. If this were a UNC-CHeat football player you would see it on You Tube, twitter, or pack pride but not media in NC. If it were a UNC-CHeat bball player, you would not read about it at all.

  14. Wolfpack_NC 04/10/2012 at 8:03 PM #

    Last semester, I had Bowling class for a short period with him. He always showed up late to class, but I always gave him the benefit of the doubt because of his injury and/or he had 15 minute window to get to The Alley from his other class. Some people can say that is just excuses, but it was what it was. He also appeared to be a good student when he was there.. asking questions, listening and participating well in class.

    He did though drop-out after a month into the semester for reasons I am unaware of. And for minor misdemeanors and rumors I have heard now, I can still only just make assumptions about a guy I still barely know. A lot of people smoke pot, people forget their wallets w/ their license in it (in this case I don’t even know if he had a license at all), we all take risks and make dumb decisions at times but don’t get caught.

    Yet this may not be his true lifestyle, just a couple of circumstances of him cutting loose and being at the wrong place at the wrong time could of been the problem. But it doesn’t excuse the fact that he is living in a society that doesn’t accept the “rebellious” average person. As a student athlete he knows very well what he has to do to uphold a new positive image and continue playing football. But is he willing to do that? Its all up to him.

  15. Wulfpack 04/10/2012 at 8:14 PM #

    Kids will be kids. Some of my best friends at State were busted for far worse. It happens on college campuses. Hell, it happens everywhere you look. He has a standard to live up to be a ball player. He can go either of two ways from here on out. His choice. And some of you need to step off your pedestals.

  16. golf76 04/10/2012 at 8:21 PM #

    Mustafa — You have talent. You’re good, we know it and you know it, but what does that matter if you can’t show it? Don’t blow it. SHAPE UP!

  17. FullMoonRising 04/10/2012 at 8:24 PM #

    Kids are so lazy these days. Just tear your pot up with your fingers…you don’t need some fancy schmancy grinder. Could carry 120 days in the clink for that…it won’t but it could.

  18. Cncstatefan17 04/10/2012 at 8:40 PM #

    I currently am a junior at state and lived two years on campus. I would estimate less than 30 percent of students smoke marijuana. Could be even lower than that. Some might do it on a rare occasion but a habitual smoker would be in the more 10 percent range.

    With that in mind, I would hope some sort of 1 or 2 game suspension is in place. Something that doesn’t hurt his career but gets a message across that we cannot let this happen from our student athletes.

  19. wolfonthehill 04/10/2012 at 8:42 PM #

    I, for one, didn’t really smoke pot during my 5 years at State.

    No, sirree… got most of that out of my system in high school. 😉

  20. vtpackfan 04/10/2012 at 8:49 PM #

    Maybe it was just a motar and pestle from art class, you’d probably get higher thinking how cross culturaly diverse a dank smoker you are.

  21. highstick 04/10/2012 at 8:53 PM #

    Pot? We didn’t know what “pot” was in 1963 except most of us didn’t have a “pot to pee in”. Now in 1970, things were different. But speaking from experience, if you don’t grow and control what you smoke, you are totally stupid! The stop light at Five Points looked like a strobe light to me one night and that was the last time!

    And I have a second generation prodigy of 32 years old that says “Man, I was dumb” and am lucky to still be alive!

  22. fleetwoodphipps 04/10/2012 at 9:39 PM #

    Poor kid, If only he had signed with Carolina he would be able to afford to pay his insurance!

  23. BureauOfMines 04/10/2012 at 9:46 PM #

    I was at State in the late 70s and again in the late 90s. There were people smoking pot openly out on campus in the 70s. There was pot smoking in the dorms then too. If it was happening in the late 90s, they were a lot more discreet.

    I agree with the poster who said if this had been a UNCCH player, there would have been no mention of it in the mainstream media. For this reason, our athletes must toe a chalk line. Either they are squeaky clean or the press has a field day.

  24. graywolf 04/10/2012 at 10:29 PM #

    The charges in Rowan county are serious as well….speeding, operating a vehicle without insurance, operating a vehicle without a license and a window tinting violation.

    He will have as much trouble getting out of these charges as the drug paraphernalia.

    He needs a good attorney.

  25. packman12 04/10/2012 at 10:50 PM #

    Graywolf is right about the serious charges in Rowan Co. Greene screwed up, but everyone beware driving through that county. On I-85 near Salisbury, when the speed limit drops from 65 to 55, troopers have been nailing drivers for years. It’s even worse now where they are putting in a new bridge over the Yadkin River. Slown down on your next trip to Charlotte!

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