ROCK HILL — A Winthrop University men’s basketball player was ticketed for open container and his teammate given a written warning after police stopped them for running a stop sign early Sunday.
Winthrop Police stopped Brandon Marsalis Vega, a 21-year-old point guard, and forward Joab Jerome, 21, after Jerome ran the stop sign on Ebenezer Avenue and Alumni Drive around 1 a.m., according to a Winthrop police report.
Officers smelled alcohol coming from the Nissan Altima when they stopped it in the Johnson building parking lot. Police also saw a red cup sitting between Vega’s feet in the passenger floor board, the report states. An officer asked to see the cup and Vega handed it over to an officer.
Vega told police that the cup had vodka in it, the report states. Vega, a junior history major from Miami, Fla., was given a summons to court.
Jerome, a junior business administration major, passed a field sobriety test and was given a ticket for disregarding a stop sign.
Vega transferred to Winthrop this summer from Snow College, a two-year school in Utah. A 5-foot-10 junior point guard originally from Miami, Vega was likely to start in the Eagles’ backcourt before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during a workout in late August. He is expected to miss the entire season.
Jerome, a 6-foot-5 junior forward from Marietta, Ga., is the team’s leading returning rebounder.
Friday is the first day of basketball practice.