An East Tennessee State University basketball player charged with filing a false report about property stolen in a robbery on campus was released from jail on his own recognizance Friday.
ETSU student Sheldon Cooley falsely reported he had $1,300 stolen in a campus robbery where his fellow basketball players Adam Sollazzo and J.C. Ward told police they were bound and gagged at gunpoint just before 10 p.m. Tuesday in a Buccaneer Ridge apartment, according to the school.
According to the school, an investigation by ETSU Public Safety revealed Cooley had not been in possession of that money and that his initial report of the $1,300 being stolen from him was false.
According to Sollazzo and Ward, three intruders entered the apartment, tied them up and gagged them at gunpoint and took property from them before fleeing. The students then hit a panic alarm, which prompted ETSU Public Safety to go to their apartment.
The robbery was still under investigation.
According to an ETSU public safety report on the robbery, the intruders were able to get into the apartment, which was shared by Ward and Cooley, using Cooley’s ETSU ID card. Cooley had left it in a mailbox outside the apartment to allow his roommate access to the apartment due to locking himself out. Sollazzo did not live in the apartment.
Police filed the charge against Cooley on Thursday.
He was held overnight in the Washington County Detention Center on $5,000 bond. His next court date was scheduled for March 22.
Cooley was suspended from the basketball team indefinitely.