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Maurice Clarett sues task force for improper search, seeks return of 30K



Published: Fri, May 20, 2011 @ 5:11 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Maurice Clarett, formerly of Youngstown, has sued the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force and its agents in federal court, alleging the task force violated his constitutional due-process rights while making a traffic stop in Canfield.

In the suit, filed Thursday by Atty. Percy Squire of Columbus, Clarett, 27, a member of the United Football League’s Omaha Nighthawks and former standout at Warren G. Harding High School and Ohio State University, alleges the agents stopped the vehicle he was driving without a warrant for him and without probable cause, unlawfully detained him, unlawfully searched him and the vehicle, and unlawfully confiscated about $30,000 from him.

Such actions, the suit says, is a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment. Squire also is a Youngstown native.

Clarett, now living in Dublin, a Columbus suburb, said he wasn’t charged with any crime in the March 3 traffic stop.

The lawsuit is assigned to U.S. District Judge Benita Y. Pearson in Youngstown.

For the complete story, read Saturday's Vindicator and Vindy.com


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1ytown_kills_me(64 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

oh wow percy squire...lol...wasnt that the guy that wanted to run for ytown mayor, but live in columbus...what a pair...stopped in Canfield...SHOCKER...DWB was probably the charge

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

The subculture asserts themselves and has a high degree of legitimacy . They see nothing wrong in carrying their crack money around with them . Lots of cash is needed for the next drug buy . This money came from the contributions of many in the hood and he was entrusted in buying their next supply of medication . Crack Cocaine is now deemed a staple in the hood right along with malt liquor and heroin .

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3BigJim2234(57 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

What the hell do you know Stan.

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4Nunya(1356 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Either they did it or they didn't,..

I'm an advocate for law enforcement but I'm not one to uphold abuse nor orchestration of any other illegalities.

That said as it states it's just a charge and details have to be presented and reviewed. For which it matters not if Maurice Clarett is a noted athlete of star quality or not. Nor that he and attorney Squires also share an accord of having wisely escaped the corruption circus of Youngstown.

Departmental dispatch or region of the event matters not. And If those individuals did what Mr.Clarett stated they did. Then it's unquestionably wrong, unlawful, abusive and they need to be held culpable and made to pay for it.

Of course the 30 grand needs to be specified in the suit. But if they did what he says they did. The amount of damages that will be deemed non excessive in resolve. Will make the return of that 30 grand sound like a waitress tip.

He was exceptionally smart to get an out of area legal counsel to defend his interests. As the locals making a disgrace of the trade are under thumb and control of the corruption kingpins. To include Atty.Squires was also judiciously astute. To have filed in Federal court instead of allowing the local corruption creek of crabs and cronies to serve up their specialty of milling miscarriages of justice.

I sense they'll settle if they know they bear the guilt waged against them. Because those names, records of events and testimony. Will be of extreme interest and importance for others that have possibly been violated.

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5Nunya(1356 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

@ could_it_be

Believe me,..

Along with and aside from personal memorabilia being a way to get money. College athletes aren't " supposed " to be paid to play for any given team. However, we know better and alumi boosters, team backers and investment agents. Are known to toss those amounts of money around like penny candy when you're talking impact players.

Also as I recall neither of his parents are and has never been indigent. So for a Maurice Clarett to have had 30k doesn't in anyway strike me as peculiar.

I attended the Michigan game when Clarett was a freshman. Which the press, the fans of both teams, the Ohio State student body, fellow players and event security. All made it perfectly clear that Maurice Clarett, was a golden goose and protested asset.

Where I was glad for the buckeye win and happy that Clarett had another big time game performance. But I'd not seen a college athlete draw that much attention in my life.

That game was a combination of beating Michigan and assured the Bucks a national championship berth Which Clarett got them there and there wasn't anybody at their end of the stadium exit that didn't know it.

Before the kickoff of that game some Michigan fans was jokingly saying having seen him. It was their take that he was ineligible to play in college games because he looked like a little kid in the face to them.

I don't remember how many yards he had or if he even scored in that game. But I'll never forget he mauled Michigan There was a play later in the game where a Michigan LB broke his own shoulder trying to bring Clarett down.

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6Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

nunya

"But I'd not seen a college athlete draw that much attention in my life."

You can't be serious.

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7Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Nunya :

"All made it perfectly clear that Maurice Clarett, was a golden goose"

You bet ! Those in the hood look upon him as such with every drug delivery . Truly a pillar of the subculture . . ..

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8damianknapp(1 comment)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Lay off Maurice, he's done well since getting out of prison. Most people who slam Maurice have no idea what he has been through. Let's hear the details in this case before rushing to judgement. Keep your head up Maurice, and stay on course, and sue those folks who stole your money. Go Omaha Nighthawks in 2011!

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9ytown1(392 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Who rides around with 30K on them?? We ave debit cards, credit cards and atm's everywhere. What possibly could you need 30K in cash at the spur of the moment for?

Even to ride around in Canfield with it does not make any sense.

Something has a fishy smell to it.

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10Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

damion

"Most people who slam Maurice have no idea what he has been through."

And who's fault is that?

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11Nunya(1356 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago


@ Lifes2Short

No I'm not Kiddin { not in the least },..

Lets keep things in perspective here by prefacing this by stating. That no matter how good a ball player Clarett's shown himself to be. I'm respectful of and open to embracing the facts in this case. Are what the focal point is. And has yet to be presented and reviewed to determine innocence or guilt,.. I'm one of just that much impartiality.

Where that said just like and since you waged a contention. In response I find it odd that you'd be skeptically or cynically disbelieving. About and or as to how much buzz, impact. revenue and attention the young man embodied as a college player,.. and everyone bearing any sense or awareness not recognized that?

See I sense it's apparently much to your chagrin and dismay. That I'm in fact not kidding about a thing I shared. To include I've happened to have seen, been around, have friend and family relationships with and even played with some better than merely " pretty good " players. And media personalities in a vast array of diverse venues .

I've sold and even given game tickets away for one reason or another. But I'm glad I didn't sale or give those away. I just had to see him play Michigan and man oh man did he ever make it worth while and memorable.

But not just memorable for me but for millions of others too,.. just like I'm telling you.

Just the same am I bias?,.. No. Do I wish the best for the young man,..Absolutely.

I wish the absolute best for him. Just as I do for everyone else that's putting their best foot forward He made some mistakes he's working through them and what more could anybody ask or expect of him?,.. seriously.

Mind you I wouldn't care less if he was an athlete or not. In fact even if he'd played for the competitive rival Wolverines I'd feel the same way,.. life is bigger than a football game.

So all that's genuinely in spite of knowing had they { Michigan } gotten him. With him on board they'd beaten the Buckeyes and dashed my national championship hopes for the Bucks and memories I've enjoyed because he didn't don the maze and Blue,.. like Presscott Burgess and Mario Manningham.

But on that note I sense you don't feel the same, for whatever you choose to present as your reason,.. it just doesn't sway my thoughts, feelings, outlook, spirit or character.

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12Nunya(1356 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

@ ytown1

Are you serious?,..

When was it a crime for anyone to have any amount of their money on their person at any given time?

Then you position as " even " riding around in " Canfield " with such an amount is holy grail,..since when?

Via the angles you're trying to take. It appears you're peeved, jealous, envious and dejected that he has any money at all.

It's something how anyone can feel so self-worthless as you've exhibited. Just because some else has something,.. that's just senseless.

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13Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

nunya

"About and or as to how much buzz, impact. revenue and attention the young man embodied as a college player,.. and everyone bearing any sense or awareness not recognized that?"

Well what about these players that had a huge, huge following when they were in college. And stayed out of trouble. Way more then Clarett.

Vince Young, Charlie Ward, Colt McCoy, Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow, Archie Manning, etc...

"But on that note I sense you don't feel the same, for whatever you choose to present as your reason,.. it just doesn't sway my thoughts, feelings, outlook, spirit or character. "

That you make him out to be this God like person and you think that millions of people followed him? He was a good high school, football player and could've been alot more if he would've stayed in college, one season? Really... and not try to be a gangsta and lead that life. Sad actually.

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14Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

blue

"How about a story that vindicates Maurice? It turns out that he was telling the truth when he blew the whistle in 2004 and was made out to be a liar."

What in the world are you talking about? Challenging the NFL? Ah, he lost. smh

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15Nunya(1356 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

@ Lifes2Short

Hey,..

No he's no god and I think via our entries I've clarified that a bit more impartial about that than you've been.

Yet to even talk great college players in comparison and have no bias about it. We can stay right in the yard of Buckeye nation to cite a wealth of them.

Because in regards to outstanding college players LB's James Laurinaitis, A.J. Hawk and Bobby Carpenter are nobody's chopped liver alright. To include DB Chris Gamble, QB Troy Smith, WR/KR Teddy Ginn Jr, Michael Jenkins and line mansters Nick Mangold, Will Smith, Simon Fraser and Cameron Heyward. Are all names of college career greats and there's no doubt about it,.. and those are just recent Buckeyes.

Along with your list of Vince Young, Colt McCoy, Charlie Ward, Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow and Archie Manning. You can add Sean Taylor, Reggie Bush, Sam Bradford, Clay Mathews, Troy Palamaulu, Kellen Winslow and a host of others,.. all illustrious performers.

But none of them performed as such a game changer as a true freshman like Mo Clarett did. I'm not saying that as a embellishing Bucks man. That's just fact and college football is the biggest market generator in all of college athletics,.. huge following.

So not only does impact performers create major buzz. Regardless to where he's from, what team he played for or if anyone likes it or not. Player performances like Clarett delivered in 2002 are just standout sports world rare, spectacular and special,.. and he did it as a true freshman.

I still have the tape where in the first game of that season. It wasn't long before Clarett took over that season opening game at home. But he showed such impact dominance that Texas Tech game. Brent Musburger even welcomed the national audience to the " Maurice Clarett show ",.. and boy what an intro performance Clarett gave.

Check " The Freshman ",.. unmatched, unexpected, unprecedented, unbelievable and in 2002,.. undefeated.

As for a reality check recollection reel { Roll em },.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-UvO6...

After that intro game against Texas Tech. The way he single handily made a mockery of Them -vs- Him at Division I level.

I thought the NCAA would intervene and make the Bucks replace the numerals on his jersey with an " S ",.. and certainly not for stupid either.

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16Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

nunya

I'm talking about "character" not talent.

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17Nunya(1356 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

@ Lifes2Short

Character you say?

Ok great so now hows this for answering both your latest assumption and contention.

See Clarett didn't loose challenging the NFL. He re-exposed them as running an antitrust monopoly full of frauds. That works in conjunction with the NCAA as a multi billion dollar generating farm / developmental league,..call it anything else?

So Clarett was just a player that felt one year of donated services was enough. Hence as a realist he didn't feel like playing the NCAA's kickback's from corruption play for pennies on the dollar game.

See he'd irrefutably shown he was top dog on the field of play. Which is what he made clear is what he'd set out to do. Thus having showed his abilities he merely wanted to play as a profession,.. and rightfully get paid as such.

It's no more than we wanted and needed to get paid for things that some of us did as volunteers in High school. Where upon graduating High school we want to start our lives. So we develop bills and expenses and want to pay our own way,..

In combination Ohio State and the NCAA made a mint off his performances. However, he had to settle for illegal booster bonuses that was extraordinarily below his market worth,..

In contrast along with AD's and school presidents that divvy up the profits. Those like Jim Tressel and hosts of coaches of other major college programs. Are all fine with the " Cheat em to keep em " setup because they get multi million dollar paydays to orchestrate the lying game,..

So like it or not that's not just the real deal. But Maurice Clarett was honest enough to not just want to be upfront about playing for pay. He was willing to play against the best of the best for his pay.

The NCAA and NFL refused to let such a money maker out of the " Bilk-Fold ". So he told you more than you'd ever been told about what was going on,.. those like you called him a liar.

However, lo and behold nine years and zero national championships later. The same things Clarett had informed you of. Is now the same thing that Jim Tressel has explicitly gotten caught. Non truthfully alleging he had no idea what was going on,.. which records prove it was Tressel who is the illicit and complicit liar.

For which the multi billion dollar profit generator. Is a performance display where nobody pays to come, tune in to see any of them that's pocketing the money. Nor does that mega money audience buy team paraphernalia because a coach, AD, school president nor the CEO's of the NCAA nor the big money Bowl games. .

Maurice Clarett told the ugly truth and it's been school presidents, AD's, coaches and the pay to say press that's been lying to you. So now with that well understood and proven. Do you have anymore questions about who's character to question?,.. Hmm?

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18Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

nunya

"Do you have anymore questions about who's character to question?,.. Hmm?"

1. Filed a false police report. Lying about $10,000 worth of equipment stolen from a car he borrowed.

2. Pouted and refused to finish the NFL combine because of his slow time.

3. Was already $1 million in debt from legal fees to fight the NFL. And did he really "win"? Not quite.

4. Robbed 2 people for a freaking cell phone. Ran from the police, spit at the arresting officers and called them "ni%%ers. And what do they find in the car? A katana, loaded AK-47, 2 handguns and he was wearing a Kevlar body armor!

And this is character building to you? That's sad. smh

I, for one, is all for giving people second chances, I'm in the same boat with a felony, but it's about doing something about it and changing your ways and not going back to what got you in trouble in the first place. Hopefully he goes the straight and narrow and stays out of trouble and become a productive member of society.

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