Judge permits former Michigan receiver Darryl Stonum to continue in sobriety court program
Judge Charles Pope welcomed former Michigan receiver Darryl Stonum back into the 15th District Court's sobriety court program today, three days after the university announced that Stonum was dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules.
Stonum, 21, was kicked off the team after serving time in the Washtenaw County Jail for violating probation on a conviction of operating while visibly impaired second-offense.
He also was arraigned in court this morning on a charge of driving on a revoked license, which resulted in his probation violation. Pope said it looked like Stonum had met with his probation officer, Steve Hill, outlined steps to get back on track and his "head's in the right place."
"We're ready to continue on with you," Pope said. "We want to support you in every way we possibly can...We welcome you back and we want you to get back on track with us."
Stonum has indicated that he'll transfer after getting his degree from Michigan. Asked after today's court hearing about any plans he has to play football, he said, "I don't know what I'm doing right now. I'm just going day by day."
He said that after being released from jail Saturday he didn't know whether he'd get a shot to continue playing for Michigan.
Stonum is scheduled to return to court Feb. 3.
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