Gambling Allegations

Officials at FSU and FAMU have confirmed that state and local authorities are looking into several unrelated reports of on-campus gambling, including one involving former Florida State quarterback Adrian McPherson. Also, as reported Thursday morning by The Territory, former FSU baseball player Mike Futrell said that officers searched the townhouse he shares with a roommate Wednesday in connection with an ongoing investigation. Futrell has denied any involvement in gambling.

What has been discussed openly the past few weeks has been confirmed.

The Tallahassee Democrat reported in its Friday edition that officials at Tallahassee's major universities said Thursday that state and local authorities are looking into several unrelated reports of on-campus gambling, including one involving former Florida State quarterback Adrian McPherson.

Florida State Police Chief Carey Drayton told the Democrat his department is working with Tallahassee police and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, adding that one investigation might have "connections elsewhere in the state."

None of the police officials would say whether the investigations involve student athletes other than McPherson, according to the published report.

Also Thursday, former FSU baseball player Mike Futrell told The Territory, an internet service that covers Seminole athletics, and the Democrat that officers searched his townhouse Wednesday in connection with an ongoing investigation. He shares the townhouse with 23-year-old Derek Delach, who was not at home at the time of the raid.

Futrell said the officers took a computer that belonged to Delach and also showed interest in notebooks belonging to him. Sources told the The Territory police also found a money bag under Delach's bed. Futrell said none of the items seized belonged to him.

"I am not involved in any of this mess," said Futrell, who stressed he neither made nor took bets. "I would not do anything to tarnish my name, the university (FSU) and the FSU baseball progam."

News of the raid was first reported Thursday morning by The Territory's on its premium message board.

Copies of the search warrant and accompanying affidavit, which usually are public once the search has been completed, were sealed by order of Circuit Judge John Crusoe until the investigation is completed, TPD spokeswoman Rhonda Scott told the Democrat.

McPherson is charged with taking a check from R&R Truck and Auto Accessories and giving it to 20-year-old Melvin Capers, who reportedly cashed it for $3,500 at Capital City Bank. Capers, a high school friend from Bradenton, told police he then gave all but $30 of the money back to McPherson, who was dismissed from the football team last month.

The auto parts store where the check was stolen is co-owned by two sons of the board chairman of the Seminole Booster Club.

Florida A&M University is also investigating rumors of gambling, according to the Democrat.

FAMU Police Lt. Louis Wichers, commander of criminal investigations, said his department's investigation is not related to the others.

"We have an allegation of gambling we're looking into," he said. "This is going take some work. We're still trying to sort out what we got, but we can't ignore it."

Wichers said, however, the allegation he was looking into was bigger than a "penny-ante card game in a dorm room." He would not elaborate, the Democrat reported.

According to the Democrat's report, FDLE spokeswoman Jennie Khoen said the department "is jointly doing an investigation of gambling in the Tallahassee area with FSU and TPD. FSUPD is the lead (agency)."


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