Albany State running back Nathan Hoyte
Kentucky State QB allegedly assaults housekeper
CHICAGO — Hours before Kentucky State and Albany State played in the Chicago Football Classic on Saturday, the Thorobreds lost their starting quarterback, Martez James.
James, 22, was arrested Saturday morning after alledgedly assaulting a maid at Hyatt McCormick Place.
WLS-TV reports that at 10 a.m. — six hours before kickoff — James asked a hotel housekeeper in a sixth-floor hallway, “Can I have five minutes of your time?”
According to the police report, the victim ignored James and entered room 605, but the QB followed the housekeeper into the room, where he repeated the question: “Can I have five minutes of your time?”
Then, according to the report, James “approached her from (the) rear and pressed the front of his body against the back of her body.”
WLS-TV reports that James, who had started Kentucky State’s first three games of the season, was charged with misdemeanor battery and athletic director Denisha Hendricks and head coach Wayne Dickens were present during the arrest.
James didn’t play during ASU’s 17-14 victory, and Kentucky State told WLS-TV that the QB isn’t currently facing disciplinary action from the school but that officials are aware of the incident.
“The university is aware of allegations made against Mr. Martez James and is currently investigating the matter. We have no further comments at this time as the investigation is pending. Mr. James remains a member of Kentucky State University’s football team,” the school said in a statement.
CHICAGO — There was a familiar refrain coming from the Albany State locker room after the Rams’ trip to Chicago for a 17-14 win over Kentucky State in the Chicago Football Classic at Soldier Field, home of the NFL’s Chicago Bears.
“Once we got here, we knew it was a business trip,” running back Nathan Hoyte said. “It was nice; we got an opportunity to see the scenery a little bit. But we focused on getting that ‘W’ first.”
The Rams entered the game on a three-game losing streak and were trying to avoid losing four in a row in a single season for the first time since 1991.
“We had to realize that we were on a business trip,” defensive lineman Brandon Glanton said. “It was good; it was a growing experience. We learned how to be responsible even with all of the distractions. But it wasn’t all fun. We were here to win a game.”
A three-game losing streak can certainly sharpen the focus of a college football team.
“We were totally locked in on this game,” running back Adrian Alexander said.
It was the second year in a row that Albany State and Kentucky State got together for a contest in an NFL stadium after last year’s matchup at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, home of the Colts.
One major perk of the weekend was staying at the Hilton Chicago Hotel, one of the most luxurious buildings in the city.
“That was very nice,” linebacker and former Monroe star Larry Whitfield said of the Hilton with a smile spreading over his face. “It’s something that I can really appreciate. I saw things I’d never seen before, and I know my teammates enjoyed it.”
A tight schedule kept the players from having too much down time to fully explore the sprawling city along Lake Michigan, but there was still enough opportunity for the team to enjoy themselves.
“We walked around a little, but we mostly just hung out as a team,” quarterback David Kooi said. “We were just connecting with each other by hanging in the rooms, playing cards … things like that.”
One noticeable difference between last year’s game at Lucas Oil Stadium and this year’s contest at Soldier Field had the players spending a bit less time watching replays.
“Lucas Oil Stadium had a bigger Jumbotron,” left guard Victor Moli said, “so we were looking up at ourselves more during that game.”
After the game, Rams’ head coach Mike White was hoping that this weekend could be the start of a turnaround from an awful beginning to the 2012 season.
“This is special, winning at Soldier Field,” said White. “I hope this is our turning point so we can turn around and start putting together a couple of wins.”