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Penn State Football: Crawford Hopes to Clear Air on Apartment Search

by on March 30, 2012 5:15 PM

Eastern Athletic Services, a professional football agency representing former Penn State defensive end Jack Crawford, has issued a statement regarding the drugs Penn State Police seized after obtaining a search warrant for Crawford's old on-campus apartment.

Charges have not been filed against Crawford or current wide receiver Devon Smith, who was also a resident at the apartment, according to the search warrant.

The statement reads:

"On March 14, 2012, Penn State Police searched 1102 Nittany Apartments in the Nittany Apartment Complex in University Park, PA. To ensure accuracy and truthfulness, it is important to explain to the public the facts surrounding the names associated with this event, specifically, that of former Penn State Defensive Lineman, Jack Crawford.

From December, 2011 forward, Mr. Crawford did not reside at the apartment in question at any time. Mr. Crawford was assigned one of the rooms in that four person apartment in August, 2011 as part of his football scholarship and was given permission by the University to reside in that apartment as he chose. Mr. Crawford lived in that apartment during the fall semester of what was his senior year. That semester ended in December, 2011.

That same month, Mr. Crawford and his Penn State teammates left for the Ticket City Bowl in Dallas, Texas. From that point forward, Mr. Crawford never again resided at the apartment in question. After the Ticket City Bowl, Mr. Crawford played in college all-star games, attended several camps, participated in the NFL Combine in Indianapolis and was living with family outside of the State of Pennsylvania, where he continues to reside and will remain until after the NFL Draft.

The items listed in the Receipt Inventory of the Police Search Warrant do not belong to Jack Crawford. He never used them nor did he have any knowledge of their existence. Mr. Crawford does not use drugs and he does not own or possess any drug paraphernalia.

Mr. Crawford is an exceptionally skilled player who has been preparing his whole life for his career as a professional athlete. He is a young man who is devoted to his sport and his family. Mr. Crawford would not jeopardize either his future or his family by involving himself in illegal activity.

Mr. Crawford, through his attorney, Allan L. Sodomsky, of Reading, Pennsylvania, has contacted the Penn State Police Department to participate fully with them to ensure that the truth is known. He remains available to law enforcement throughout the remainder of the investigation and looks forward to a quick resolution of this matter."

Crawford was in State College on March 14 participating in Penn State's Pro Day in preparation for the upcoming NFL Draft.

In four years at Penn State, Crawford made 89 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, 11 pass break-ups, 11 pass deflections, forced one fumble and recovered three fumbles.

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