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Posted on Tue, Oct 20, 2009 : 9:38 a.m.

Former Wolverine Justin Feagin arraigned on conspiracy, drug charges

By Amalie Nash

A former Michigan football player was arraigned Monday on charges stemming from a botched drug deal, authorities said.

Justin Feagin, 20, was charged with three felonies: conspiracy to deliver less than 50 grams of cocaine, conspiracy to possess 25 to 49 grams of cocaine and conspiracy to possess less than 25 grams of cocaine.


Justin Feagin

U-M public safety spokeswoman Diane Brown said Feagin is accused of accepting $600 from a co-conspirator in the case, Timothy Burke. The money was to be sent to Florida to acquire cocaine.

The two men, both U-M students at the time, had a falling out, and the cocaine never arrived, police said. Burke then set a fire in the West Quad dormitory in March in an attempt to scare Feagin, but the fire didn't occur near Feagin's room, Brown said. No one was injured in the minor fire.

Burke was previously convicted of arson of real property in that case and was placed on three years of probation, police said. Burke was arraigned last week on the same drug-related charges that Feagin now faces.

Coach Rich Rodriguez kicked Feagin, a sophomore receiver, off the team in July for "a violation of team rules." He has since left the university, Brown said.

Burke is still listed as a student, but is not registered, the university said.

Both men remain free on personal bond. Burke is set to appear in court on the charges Wednesday, while Feagin has a preliminary hearing set for Nov. 4.

The conspiracy to deliver charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, while the conspiracy to possess cocaine charges are punishable by up to four years in prison.

In August, the Detroit Free Press reported that Feagin's downfall started with a plan to have a friend in Florida send cocaine to Ann Arbor for fellow student Burke to sell on campus.



Wed, Oct 21, 2009 : 1:34 a.m.

Wow Zulu you really have an issue with color here. Why are you trying to make something out of nothing. Plus I have attended an HBCU school and it's no different than white colleges when it comes to situation just like this. Wrong is wrong and it's not tolerated, he made a bad choice. Name an educational institution that will put up with drug dealing? C'mon Man! You are clearly missing the point here. I think you have some serious issue yourself that you need help on. You are putting your foot in your mouth. Please Stop It! I wish Justin well and he understand that their is no future in that life. The retirement plan sucks: Prison or Death. I don't think I would want either one of them.


Tue, Oct 20, 2009 : 2:31 p.m.

zulu - would you be so tolerant if Justin was white? Cocaine dealing is not a stupid mistake it's a vicious crime. Advo


Tue, Oct 20, 2009 : 11:50 a.m.

FUofM, I guess they are no longer secrets if you know about them huh? And yes every program has kids that run into trouble. It's going to happen when you have 80 plus 18-22 year old men. Michigan's record is as clean as anyone. Medicore? Really? Michigan is hardly medicore and if you weren't so bitter you would realize that. And what school do you support?


Tue, Oct 20, 2009 : 11:21 a.m.

zulu you have to be kidding ordering coke from florida to sell in your dorm isn't getting caught with a beer at 20 or smoking a joint. this was a student athelete trying to slang hard drugs in a drom no breaks for him as far as football goes and the U has every right to kick him out of school if found guilty.


Tue, Oct 20, 2009 : 11:09 a.m.

The sad thing is that Justin had a chance that many dream about and now it is gone. If he did the crime then he should do the time like anyone else would have to do.


Tue, Oct 20, 2009 : 11:06 a.m.

Exactly tater...let's keep our hopes up this young man's criminal activity was a one time occurence...and to Zulu...please don't be playing the race card...not a mature argument.


Tue, Oct 20, 2009 : 10:50 a.m.

I think you missed tater's point. His point is nothing about race. Its about sparty playing a guy right out of jail and michigan kicking off a kid who has not only this crime but a few he forgot to tell anyone about. In the end its about these kids learning to take responsibility for their own actions. Feagin chose to break the law, he got caught and now will pay the consequences. Winston got out of jail and despite his play on the field karma came back and got him with an injury. The universe always equals out justice and injustice


Tue, Oct 20, 2009 : 10:44 a.m.

the race card, really?????


Tue, Oct 20, 2009 : 10:38 a.m.

I don't know about tater's past but he never mentions anything about skin color in his comments. So why are you making it an issue, Zulu? In fact tater hopes the kid is able to get his life together and learn from this. What's it matter if he is white or black? I'd feel the sameway and I'm sure tater would too. If you're going to say that when a white ball player does something wrong and people come up with a million excuses for them you should probably have some sort of evidence or an example to back it up. Otherwise don't make this a race issue because it isn't.


Tue, Oct 20, 2009 : 10:23 a.m.

Tater. Is there a need for you to be so critical. Here we have a young man who along with some other young men made a stupid mistake that could cost him dearly for life. Would you have been so judgmental if this young man was white? This is the primary reason that I advocate that blue chip black ball players go to HBCU so that can get guidance from individuals who they can relate to. When a black ball player does something wrong everybody wants to come down on him whereas when a white ball player does something wrong, people come up with a million excuses for them.