8 Bison football players face voter fraud charges
Published: Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 16:09
Eight players on the NDSU football team and one former player are among 11 people who are facing charges of voter fraud. Those players include Aireal Boyd, Marcus Williams, Brendin Pierre, Josh Colville, Sam Ojuri, Antonio Rodgers, Bryan Shepherd and Demetrius Gray. Former player Josh Gatlin is also charged.
Coach Craig Bohl announced Tuesday in a press conference that the eight players will have their day in court and no suspensions will be handed out until the legal issues are solved. All players are expected to play on Saturday against Colorado State, except Gray who is a redshirt freshman.
The players were hired, at $9 an hour, to gather signatures for two citizen initiatives, one to set up a state conservation fund and the other to make marijuana legal for medical treatments. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem stated that many of the petition signatures were copied from phone books or fabricated.
Workers checking the petitions noticed repeated zip code mistakes, names “signed” in the same hand and other indications the signatures were faked. In one instance, a person signed the name of Hillary Rodham, who is better known as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and listed her as living at the White House.
The misdemeanor charges filed against the players carry a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
No court date has been announced as of press time.