GSU decision to let Robinson play comes under microscope

From Staff Reports

Only a little more than one year after being arrested on kidnapping and assault charges related to an incident with an ex-girlfriend, Chanse Robinson suited up for the Grambling State basketball team and played 13 minutes in a loss to TCU on Dec. 21 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Although Robinson has not even gone to trial, the decision by the Grambling State administration has come under a microscope on social media, especially in light of recent shooting incidents on campus.

Robinson, a native of Grambling, was arrested on Dec. 19, 2020, and charged with three felony counts of second-degree kidnapping, one misdemeanor count of battery of a dating partner and one felony count of aggravated assault upon a dating partner, according to booking documents at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and an affidavit obtained through the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Robinson’s next hearing is scheduled for January 11.

The Grambling student-athlete handbook only addresses criminal convictions, and not pending cases leaving this in the hands of the school administration. The University Student Code of Conduct only addresses actions committed by individuals during their time as a GSU student. There is no mention of actions committed prior to becoming a Grambling student.

The 6-1, 175-pounder originally signed with the University of Buffalo and began his freshman season there in the fall of 2020 before leaving the program on Dec. 6, 2020 – 13 days before he was arrested in Ruston.

The three-star point guard and two-time Class 1A all-state selection while at Lincoln Prep was the fourth-ranked point guard in Louisiana for the class of 2020.

Robinson averaged 20.8 points, 3.5 steals and 3.2 assists per game in three seasons at Lincoln Prep. He was the 41st-ranked point guard in the nation in 2020.

Robinson saw action in only one game at Buffalo, playing 10 minutes with no points, one turnover and three personal fouls against Bowling Green on Dec. 6, 2020, the same day he reported to have left the team.

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