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Posted on Sat, Jan 14, 2012 : 1:20 p.m.

Michigan receiver Darryl Stonum is released from jail

By Lee Higgins

Michigan wide receiver Darryl Stonum was released early this morning from the Washtenaw County Jail, where he was serving time for violating probation on a conviction for operating while visibly impaired second-offense.

Stonum, 21, was released at 12:30 a.m., jail officials said, after being sentenced Jan. 6 to 10 days in jail for violating probation by driving on a revoked license and lying to a probation officer.

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Jail officials said inmates can earn time off their sentences for good behavior. Stonum is scheduled to return to 15th District Court in Ann Arbor on Jan. 20 for a hearing as he continues a strict sobriety court program.

Michigan coach Brady Hoke has said that there has been no change in Stonum's status with the team and he's not concerned about Stonum's decision-making.

Stonum, who is from Stafford, Texas, redshirted this season to deal with his legal issues. He has one more year of eligibility.

Stonum was Michigan's second-leading receiver in the 2010 season with 49 catches for 633 yards and four touchdowns.

Lee Higgins is a reporter for He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at


sharma saith

Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 6:49 p.m.

- was he drunk on second arrest ..or was it for driving without license ? - if he was driving to his probation hearing then it is 'troubling' that he was breaking the rule while trying to comply with another rule. ...if so - he is guilty of poor planning rather than 'second crime'...

Old Salt

Tue, Jan 17, 2012 : 6:37 p.m.

Nice formal picture if it were anyone else you would have put up his /her picture taken when being booked into jail..

Robert Granville

Mon, Jan 16, 2012 : 3:47 a.m.

I wish people would stop pretending that they could possibly know Stonum and the details of his situation better than Coach Hoke. This isn't his first coaching gig and we know who he spent his "formative years" coaching under. Trust him to make the right decision for Michigan.


Sun, Jan 15, 2012 : 10:38 p.m.

Stonum served a one year suspension for the drunk driving charges. I'm sure that is a team violation also. Some people want him to lose his schorlarship and forced from school. Why? Because he is a football player? How many students in general studies have done the same? Are they forced to leave school? This latest incident is more of a paperwork, ticket violation to me. It is serious because he is on probation. He wasn't drunk, and according to reports, he has been doing well in that area. i've left the house without my wallet, driven on an expired license, outdated tabs, rolled through a stop sign, went over the speed limit, turned onto a one way street the wrong way, that was in Germany, Yikes!, you should have seen the looks on their faces. Well there's another country I can't go back to. We can make mountains out of molehills if we want to get all self rightious if we want to. Me? I'm going to trust Coach Hoke's decision. He knows Stonum better than any of us. A lot of people gave Dantonio a hard time, but he knows his players heart best. And then there is always the statement, "The door to reformation is never closed".


Mon, Jan 16, 2012 : 6:01 a.m.

well said, i agree with everything you mentioned. People just need to relax. Stonum is far from being the only college student get in trouble for drinking. I trust and support that Hoke and Co. will make the correct decision.

Berda Green

Sun, Jan 15, 2012 : 5:15 p.m.



Sun, Jan 15, 2012 : 3:46 p.m.

"Michigan coach Brady Hoke has said that there has been no change in Stonum's status with the team and he's not concerned about Stonum's decision-making." Why isn't Coach Hoke concerned? Is Coach Hoke only concerned about winning football games or is he concerned about trying to help a young man do the right things in life? This is just my opinion but I think if Stonum is allowed to stay on the team and pays no penalty, i.e. suspension or even loss of scholarship, this will set a precedent for other players who may get into trouble later under Coach Hoke.

Barb's Mom

Sun, Jan 15, 2012 : 3:19 p.m.

"Stonum, who is from Stafford, Texas, redshirted this season to deal with his legal issues. "--Is he on scholarship? If so, why wasn't it pulled? If he had been injured so that he couldn't play any more, his scholarship would have been revoked. Why does he get to keep his scholarship when he made this happen himself.


Sun, Jan 15, 2012 : 1:13 p.m.

Yes, this is Michigan! We have to demonstrate to these young people that being clean and sober means it to be all the way around in our lives. Darryl, the future is yours, well for that matter, for all of us. A power greater than us, be it the judge, the coach, parents, ect., tells us we need to follow the path of right living! As a wise old man once said it's for The Team, The Team, The Team!", BO. Focus on today, we have Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, NOT, Oneday or Someday! Okay, I have said my dollars worth and I'll shut up

Blu n Tpa

Sun, Jan 15, 2012 : 12:41 p.m.

Glad to see him out. Since he was released early, it probably deals with two issues. FIrst his gain time for behaving well was reached and/or there is overcrowding at the jail. But the most reasonable explaination is once he was due to be released the jail wanted to limit his cost to taxpapers. Since it was after midnight the new day counted in his favor and by leaving right away it cost jail nothing to feed and house him for that day. DS, you need to stop and think EVERYTIME you exit your house. Ask yourself is this something I might really regret and how many peopler will I let down by making a wrong decision? This is Michigan! Go Blue!


Sun, Jan 15, 2012 : 6:16 a.m.

Stonum could have very well been released at 12:30 a.m. yesterday. Very good looking young man, lets just hope he can kick the drinking habit and get on with his career. He can do it!!


Sun, Jan 15, 2012 : 5:52 a.m.

Stonum's "legal issues" all seem to boil down to: he drinks too much, too often and forgets the who-what-when-where and why of his current status. So far, Coach Hoke has made a lot of good decisions in a number of areas. But if he missteps on this matter, I think the honeymoon will be over for him.


Sun, Jan 15, 2012 : 2:52 a.m.

One..two...three strikes and Stonum is still in the game. Any chance Darryl can control himself long enough to get his senior season in?


Sat, Jan 14, 2012 : 10:01 p.m.

Well Stonum, now your journey begins. You can make this a learning experience or you can fall to the wayside, which is it kid?


Sat, Jan 14, 2012 : 9:29 p.m.

"Stonum, 21, was released at 12:30 a.m." Does that seem strange to anyone but me?


Sun, Jan 15, 2012 : 3:18 p.m.

Releases are generally processed just after midnight. Any partial day spent in the jail is counted as a day served, so technically midnight to 12:30 is a day served. He served nine days (Jan. 6 - Jan. 14), and received one day credit for good behavior. Not at all out of the ordinary.


Sun, Jan 15, 2012 : 2:57 a.m.

Totally strange, but I have no idea how these things work. Maybe inmates have a choice once the sentence is fulfilled? So, he was convicted of several crimes, served a sentence and is still a UM student? How does that work?


Sat, Jan 14, 2012 : 9:45 p.m.

It is very strange at face value. Time off for good behavior might mean shaving 1 1/2 days off the sentence since he would have been released on 16-Jan. So, who was there to give him a ride home at that time of night?