Updated: Isaiah Crowell retains high-profile Atlanta attorney, heads to Alabama State

UPDATE: Alabama State head coach Reggie Barlow confirms Isaiah Crowell’s transfer to FCS school. New story coming soon . . .

Isaiah Crowell is transferring to Alabama State University and the ousted Georgia running back has retained high-profile Atlanta criminal defense attorney Steve Sadow to represent him on weapons charges.

Crowell, a rising sophomore, was dismissed by the Bulldogs this past Friday. He faces two felony weapons charges and one misdemeanor charged after a 9-mm Luger handgun with an defaced serial number was found underneath the driver’s seat of the 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis he was driving.

Reached by telephone Thursday, Sadow said he will be representing Crowell “pro bono,” which means he won’t be charging for his services. Sadow has represented such high-profile clients as the rapper T.I., and defended former Georgia basketball player Tony Cole on a rape charge, which was eventually dismissed.

Sadow said he reached out to Crowell via social media after reading reports of his arrest and seeing “some serious problems with the search” of Crowell’s vehicle that resulted in his arrest. Sadow said he met with Crowell this past Tuesday to discuss the case.

“My inclination based on reading the police report is to question the validity of the search,” Sadow said. “I’m hoping that somebody takes a real, close, careful look at this. The University of Georgia has already taken action, so whatever the prosecutor determines regarding an invalid or unlawful search, that’s not going to change Isaiah’s career at the University of Georgia. One way or another he’s certainly moved on.”

Sadow could not confirm or deny multiple unconfirmed reports that Crowell, the reigning AP SEC  Freshman of the Year, is transferring to Alabama State University in Montgomery. UGA officials contacted by the AJC Thursday had no direct knowledge that is Crowell’s destination and no one from Alabama State has returned messages seeking confirmation. No one associated with Crowell has returned messages or phone calls.

“I do know his intention is to play football and his intention is to play football as soon as he possibly can,” Sadow said.

Sadow added that his only connection with Crowell is with his court case. “I’m not going to be his adviser,” he said.

The felony charges notwithstanding, Crowell would be immediately eligible at Alabama State since it is a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) school (formerly Div. I-AA). NCAA rules require a transfer to sit out one year when transferring from one Football Bowl Subdivision school to another.

It would be somewhat unusual for a player of Crowell’s caliber to transfer to an FCS school. Typically a high-profile athlete of his ilk would transfer to junior college for a year, then return to the FBS via another school. That was the route chosen by former Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who stood accused of a felony. Mettenberger transferred to Butler (Kansas) Community College and played one year before landing at LSU, where he’s expected to start this coming season.

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NJ Dawg

July 5th, 2012
1:04 pm

His terrible work ethic and sense of entitlement won’t cause him any problems at ASU because he’ll be head and shoulders better than the FCS-level talent they’ve got, and he’ll instantly make ASU a better team. Plus, every now and then, and ASU player makes it to the NFL (Tavaris Jackson), so Crowell can hang on to his NFL dreams. Still, what a shocking waste of talent.

BigGAdawg

July 5th, 2012
1:05 pm

I hope Crowell can put this behind him and hopefully learn the lesson that he is special on the football field but NOT off of it. It is past time to grow up and start behaving responsibly. I wish him well in his future. What a shame that he would put his future, possibly a NFL career, at risk over such goofy behavior.

Dawg258

July 5th, 2012
1:06 pm

bad brad

July 5th, 2012
1:06 pm

happy trails IC.

columbiadawg

July 5th, 2012
1:07 pm

NJ Dawg I agree, a colossal waste of talent.

derekross

July 5th, 2012
1:10 pm

Sadly, Crowell won’t learn from this, either. He will get into more trouble at ASU before his career is over. Probably end up being a 7th round pick in the NFL only to fizzle out due to trouble and injuries in the league.

ClassicDawg

July 5th, 2012
1:11 pm

Good, hope he gets off I’m tired of being harassed by authorities who abuse their power. They wonder why they are constantly hearing the cry of “f the police” it’s because they are crooked and nothing is being done about it. I am in no way saying that having an “stolen” pistol is right but harassing people “mostly blacks” for no reason has to stop.

Bremen Dawg

July 5th, 2012
1:16 pm

I don’t agree with cops fishing by searching vehicles. They trick folks into saying ok when they ask, you fish and you are going to find something. Just remember that all of you nay sayers when you allow a cop to search your car and they find a pill that your granny dropped in the floor board and then you go to jail.

bradcarter01@gmail.com

July 5th, 2012
1:17 pm

NFL doesn’t accept convicted felons.

UGA Insider

July 5th, 2012
1:18 pm

Who cares anymore?

"Hires high profile Atlanta atty"...

July 5th, 2012
1:18 pm

…How will the NCAA Nazi’s view this, as in, who is paying for this? Sure hope the “high profiler” ain’t betting on Crowell making it to the league and then he will bill him…

"Hires high profile Atlanta atty"...

July 5th, 2012
1:19 pm

…and you can bet this ain’t really “pro bono”…no matter what Mr. Sadow says…

BW

July 5th, 2012
1:20 pm

Looks like this lawyer likes the limelight as well. He hasnt represented other players that have been dismissed.

myother

July 5th, 2012
1:22 pm

2:30 am, smell of pot, gun under the seat. Yea, this is about harassment. -) The only harassment I see here is if it would have happend to me I would still be in jail with a permanent police record and no hopes of ever being employed. This is not a black/while issue..

Hollywould

July 5th, 2012
1:22 pm

Yeah right “pro bono”

Too bad

July 5th, 2012
1:24 pm

How many of the academic credits he earned this year at the fine institution in Athens will transfer with him?

Dawg_Mike

July 5th, 2012
1:25 pm

Isaiah Crowell = Maurice Clarett.

PMC

July 5th, 2012
1:26 pm

Good luck to him, I have no doubt Sadow will get him out of the felony counts rather easily and he’ll resume his career at Alabama State.

To which again I say, Good luck Mr. Crowell

Riddle me this

July 5th, 2012
1:26 pm

Wonder how he could afford a lawyer like that?

Riddle me this

July 5th, 2012
1:27 pm

Oh, my mistake. He is doing this out of the goodness of his heart? Interesting

Ghost

July 5th, 2012
1:29 pm

Hopefully IC will find his way , one can only wish him the best.

TY

July 5th, 2012
1:30 pm

If he gets off on this, he will think he can get off a second time if he gets in trouble later. I cannot see how any college would ever offer anything to someone facing felony charges. After acquittal maybe but not before.

Road Scholar

July 5th, 2012
1:32 pm

Regardless, he had a gun with a altered serial number…a felony. All the whiners above (illegal search, harassment..) I bet you’d hire him to handle your business or money wouldn’t you? Date/marry your daughter? He shouldn’t go to Alabama State University…it should read Alabama State prison! Youthful mistake? I think not.

1 4 GT

July 5th, 2012
1:41 pm

I don’t usually read the UGA “news” much less post on their blogs, but I just cannot resist. And not to gloat or anything like that. 1st-the cops set up road blocks for checking DL’s, registration, Insurance, & DUI’s quite often. 2nd-IC was driving his Mother’s car for goodness sake. 3rd-the cops said they smelled MJ coming from the car. 4th-his demeanor indicated something was amiss. 5th-cops are trained to pick up on body language. 6th-he should not have given permission to search the car. 7th-probable cause would have given the cops the right to search anyway. 8th-he denied knowing the gun was hidden up inside the seat, basically throwing his Mother under the bus. 9th-he will likely get off with very light sentence as a first offender & over crowding of jails. 10th-I can’t believe how some of you defend this person as though he is still the god of UGA football. All schools have some discipline problems, but it sure looks like UGA has an inordinate amount of them for some reason. 11th & last-perhaps this man will learn from this and change his life’s attitudes, perhaps he won’t. Either way, he needs to learn that all his actions have consequences, some good, some bad. SELAH.

Pulpwud Smiff

July 5th, 2012
1:42 pm

I cannot see how any college would ever offer anything to someone facing felony charges.

Neither can I, but the school will probably spout some garbage about Crowell being innocent until proved guilty. NOTE: that only applies to the government. The rest of us can rush to judgment all we want to.

True Dawg

July 5th, 2012
1:43 pm

It’s so silly to think this was a set up or that the cops were “fishing”. He was stopped after 3 am. There was a gun with an altered serial number under the seat of the car he was driving. The car does belong to his mother. Now he’s hired a lawyer who’s known for getting people off on technicalities. Sound like a set up? Check his twitter account and you’ll see what kind of person he really is. It’s sad really. And no, he will not learn from this. He has enough talent that someone will come to his rescue so they can exploit him for their own gain. 5-7 years from now he’ll be nothing. like the rest of us.

Holy Guacamole

July 5th, 2012
1:44 pm

1 4 GT
Good post.

Pulpwud Smiff

July 5th, 2012
1:45 pm

All schools have some discipline problems, but it sure looks like UGA has an inordinate amount of them for some reason.

When did you first notice that? :-)

Bruce Weeks

July 5th, 2012
1:46 pm

Had he had his behind in bed at a decent hour he would not be in trouble. A former coach once said “nothing good” happens after midnight, especially young men crusing around at 3:30am.

Glsjunior

July 5th, 2012
1:47 pm

Should come.to GSU where you can play in the Sun Belt and be in a nationally televised bowl game.Who wants to live in Montgomery for 3 years.

doug dawg

July 5th, 2012
1:48 pm

some of you ‘wish him the best?; well, i don’t. he cast a shadow on MY alma mater; he laughed at the law; he ran around at 330am with three recruits in a car smelling of mary jane; he hid a pistol with a filed off number; and no telling what else last year. this man, yes man, is the lowest of the low and a threat to lots of people, including his own teammates. i do not wish him the best in any way, shape, or form.

Ted Striker

July 5th, 2012
1:49 pm

Some of you folks who think the police and an arrest is always appropriate are naive.

Go to Manchester TN and see how things work there with their police department.

ClassicDawg

July 5th, 2012
1:54 pm

The truth hurts, there is no whining here. Until you walk a day in my shoes you will never understand the struggle that is faced daily. It doesn’t matter that I have a degree in MIS or that I am a veteran who did two tours in afghanistan all some of you see is what’s on the outside. I’ve been HARASSED many times and I have heard “What’s that I smell” from police more times than I can count just because of my outside apperance and they want to have a reason to search. Why?? All because of the type of person that they THINK I am.

50 arrests in four years

July 5th, 2012
1:55 pm

Crowell the Buffoon is tweeting again. More free entertainment for the masses.

True Dawg

July 5th, 2012
1:57 pm

If you don’t want to get framed, don’t put yourself in the picture.

Joesnopy

July 5th, 2012
1:58 pm

I blogged last week saying he should have be on the team but I changed my mind not because of the gun charge which should never have happen. He should be kicked off the team because he had 3 freshmen in the car coming from a club. Not taking freshmen to clubs is a rule he understand and he broke it. Cannot have it. The local city cop should know to check before they search. I have no problem with the gun being in the car because it may not be his gun. This would never happen near the UAB. Never. This kid may end up at Alabama in a year if he stay of trouble. This move has me wondering about how did he pick Alabama State.

IC

July 5th, 2012
2:02 pm

Well, now dat i got me dis fancy lawyer, it gon be all good cuz. dat cop new dat she was rong by serchin my ride. Me and my boyz just got dun doing our thing at da club, and dat roblock tripped me up cuz. Now, i gots to raise up outta here and go to Alabama state and get my play on. Goin to show dem boyz how IC like to sco touchdowns. I’m out!

Doc Dawg

July 5th, 2012
2:08 pm

As I said down in Tampa, this kid will never even sniff the NFL. Million dollar legs, ten cent brain. He’ll be off the Alabama state roster by Thanksgiving.

DAWG POUND

July 5th, 2012
2:08 pm

“The truth hurts, there is no whining here. Until you walk a day in my shoes you will never understand the struggle that is faced daily. It doesn’t matter that I have a degree in MIS or that I am a veteran who did two tours in afghanistan all some of you see is what’s on the outside. I’ve been HARASSED many times and I have heard “What’s that I smell” from police more times than I can count just because of my outside apperance and they want to have a reason to search. Why?? All because of the type of person that they THINK I am.”

CRY ME A RIVER!!!

When I get pulled over for speeding, the police always search my vehicle and ask me if there are any guns, drugs, weapons, or open containers of alcohol in the car. Amazingly, they do so when I’m wearing a suit and tie as well. Join the club, buddy! The police believe everyone is guilty of something no matter what you look like!

Really?

July 5th, 2012
2:09 pm

Honestly I am sure he will get off. However he is truly screwed up, no sense of respect. Not only did he let down everyone at Georgia but he doesn’t seem to care about any other than himself. Regardless of what people think about the cops – if you aren’t doing anything wrong you have nothing to fear. He isn’t a child anymore – grow up. And last it was a matter of time before he wasn’t playing football because word was he was going to be on academic probation anyways. I love Georgia football but academics should be priority. Yet there is vast amounts of money funneled into making sure the athletes are taken care of – maybe now they should require weekly drug testing and curfews. He squandered a free education that someone else would have loved to have gotten.

zgoldatl

July 5th, 2012
2:10 pm

BW

July 5th, 2012
2:14 pm

I would like to know if IC’s fingerprints were on the gun. If so, case closed!

DirtyDawg

July 5th, 2012
2:16 pm

Once again I ask, can anyone here confirm if any local police department in a Tuscaloosa, an Auburn or a Gainesville, have ever conducted a wee-hour roadblock near any of their respective campuses? And if they have, have they ever retained one of their high-profile athletes? What is it about Athens/Clarke County police and the University?

909

July 5th, 2012
2:17 pm

Who knew that when UGA announced their “Dream Team”
that they were really talking about their Criminal Defense attorneys.

Just one question:

Were Caleb King, Washout Early, and Idiot Crowell…Criminal Justice majors?

pbt dawg fan

July 5th, 2012
2:24 pm

I still say, Athens-Clarke county police(not campus police) conducting a road block near the football players dorms @3:00am just make makes me wonder. A cop can stop you at anytime and claim they smell something funny in the car, for excuse to search your car. IC will get off on this charge. He will go to ASU, Then tranfer to Auburn, and beat us when have a lot on the line. It always happens like that.

George Zimmerman

July 5th, 2012
2:25 pm

Crowell was wearing a Hoodie.

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 5th, 2012
2:27 pm

CROWELL?…………..CROWELL Hired or is PAYING REAL MONEY for his legal representation?

George Zimmerman

July 5th, 2012
2:27 pm

DirtyDawg everybody hates UGA: ESPN, Lou Holtz, Kirk Herbsteit, Lou Corso, Steve Spurrier, SEC Refs, Mark May (you might actually have one there) Athens PO-lice, Obama (not true with all the brothers)…………………………………….

George Zimmerman

July 5th, 2012
2:28 pm

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 5th, 2012
2:27 pm

CROWELL?…………..CROWELL Hired or is PAYING REAL MONEY for his legal representation

Paid by the CMR Missionary fund.

Too Bad IC wasn't listening to Jay-Z's Black Album

July 5th, 2012
2:31 pm

Isaiah you should have listened more carefully to Jay-Z’s song 99 problems from the Black Album:

“….So I…pull over to the side of the road
And I heard “Son do you know why I’m stopping you for?”
Cause I’m young and I’m black and my hat’s real low
Do I look like a mind reader sir, I don’t know
Am I under arrest or should I guess some mo?
“Well you was doing fifty five in a fifty four”
“License and registration and step out of the car”
“Are you carrying a weapon on you I know a lot of you are”
I ain’t stepping out of sh*t all my papers legit
“Do you mind if I look round the car a little bit?”
Well my glove compartment is locked so is the trunk and the back
And I know my rights so you gon’ need a warrant for that
“Aren’t you sharp as a tack are some type of lawyer or something?”
“Or somebody important or something?”
Nah I ain’t passed the bar but I know a little bit
Enough that you won’t illegally search my sh*t…”