Suspended Pitt QB hopes to rejoin teammates Monday
By Jerry DiPaola
Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 7:03 p.m.
Suspended Pitt freshman quarterback Tra'Von Chapman quickly came to terms with a three-day jail sentence for attempted assault on a former girlfriend and hopes to rejoin his teammates next week, his high school coach said.
“He was fine (about going to jail),” said John Nemec, the coach at Kent (Ohio) Theodore Roosevelt. “He wasn't even worried about the three days. He said, ‘Coach, that's not a problem.' ”
Chapman, 18, pleaded guilty Monday, and hours after the verdict, his father, Thad Jemison, drove him to the Portage County jail, a 241-bed facility in Ravenna, Ohio, to begin serving his sentence.
Nemec said Portage County Municipal Court Judge Barbara R. Oswick told Chapman she is trying to teach him a lesson.
“She wanted him to go spend a couple nights in jail just to understand what you can get involved in,” Nemec said. “She said, ‘You are a high-profile guy. You must be smarter than this.' ”
Chapman's status with the Pitt football program remains uncertain. Although Nemec said Chapman hopes to rejoin his teammates Monday when they report to training camp, coach Paul Chryst, who suspended Chapman after the April 26 incident, had no comment Tuesday. Chapman could not take classes or work out with the team this summer.
Chapman, who traveled to Pittsburgh to speak to Chryst the day after his arrest, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted assault. He was charged initially with one count of assault, a first-degree misdemeanor, and one count of unlawful restraint, a third-degree misdemeanor. Kent police said he assaulted the woman at his residence.
Chapman “pulled the hair of (the alleged victim) and grabbed her around the neck,” according to the criminal complaint. He also is accused of preventing her from leaving the scene.
Oswick sentenced him to 90 days in jail but suspended 87 of them. She also gave him 40 hours of community service, most of which he will serve or has served in Ohio, according to court records.
In addition, Chapman must attend anger management classes at Pitt and have no contact with the victim or her family.
Chapman will be released from jail at 1:30 p.m. Thursday and immediately will begin serving his community service at the Portage County Corn Festival.
Jerry DiPaola is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.
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