NEW INFO: ECU Basketball Player Facing Fraud Charge Officially Off Team

An ECU basketball player arrested on a felony charge has been dismissed from the team.

Ashley Clarke was one of three people arrested in a fraud case. Today, ECU announced Clarke has been dismissed from the basketball program.

Below is a news release from ECU:

Ashley Clarke, who recently completed her junior season as a member of the East Carolina women's basketball team, has been dismissed from the program following an arrest Saturday morning according to an announcement from head coach Heather Macy Wednesday afternoon.

The decision came after Macy and school athletics officials were made aware of a felony charge of unlawfully obtaining a credit card filed against Clarke by the East Carolina University Police Department.

"Like the rest of the East Carolina community, we are disturbed and obviously disappointed by the recent events involving our program," Macy said. "The responsibility of mentoring and guiding our players is a continual but inexact process we take very seriously. Although it is disheartening to encounter issues along the way, it will not deter our commitment and vision to build a program based on character and integrity."

Clarke played in all 31 contests during the 2010-11 season, making 22 starts at point guard. She led the team in assists, steals and free throws made and attempted, while standing second in scoring with an average of 9.5 points per game.

Former players Kim Gay, who graduated from the university in May, and Crystal Wilson, who was dismissed from the squad in April because of a violation of team rules, were also charged in the incident.

Another member of the 2010-11 women's basketball team for East Carolina University has been arrested for credit card fraud.

Crystal Wilson was arrested late this morning by Greenville police on two counts of misdemeanor credit card fraud.

On Friday, current player Ashley Clarke and former player Kim Gay were arrested after police say the two stole fellow player Ariana Jackson's debit card from a locker room at Minges Coliseum.

ECU says the 20-year-old Wilson was a player for this past season, but was dismissed at the end of the season for violating team rules.

Wilson, who lives in Greenville, had her bond set at $1,000.

Her bio says Wilson played as a guard and was a junior this past year.

Greenville police say they expect to bring more charges in the case.

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It appears that a top scorer on the women's basketball team for East Carolina University won't be playing next season. Ashley Clarke and former teammate Kim Gay were arrested Friday on fraud and unlawful obtaining credit charges.

The university won't say if Clarke is still on the team, but an ECU police report says both women have been banned from all ECU property for one year.

To view the police report, click on the link at the top of this story.

That report says fellow teammate Ariana Jackson told police that her debit card was stolen from her locker at Minges Coliseum last Wednesday. Police say $423.30 in gasoline, clothing, nail services, sunglasses, hats and food items were used before the card was put back in Jackson's locker. The theft happened sometime between 6:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. that day.

The report says Jackson noticed on Thursday that there were charges on her bank statement and contacted police.

Gay, who graduated in May, was charged with five financial card fraud charges, resiting a public officer and felony aid and abet. Clarke, a junior guard on last season's team, faces a single charge of unlawful obtaining credit. Both women were the top two scorers for the team last season.

The police report says Gay admitted to the credit card fraud, while Clarke denied any involvement in the crime.

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Last season's top two scorers for the women's basketball team at East Carolina University were arrested overnight on fraud and unlawful obtaining credit charges. The victim in this case turns out to be another basketball player.

Jail records show that Kim Gay was booked at 2:10 a.m. on two counts of financial card fraud and resisting a public officer. She posted a $2,500 bond. Gay was a senior forward on the team this past season.

Ashley Clarke was booked around 2:30 a.m. on a charge of unlawful obtaining credit. She is still in jail on a $2,500 bond. Clarke was a junior guard on the team.

In the last season Gay and Clarke were the top two scorers on the team.

Greenville police Sgt. Carlton Williams tells WITN News that they were called to assist ECU police in the case of a card theft. Williams says the victim is Ariana Jackson, who is a forward on the team.

ECU said it is aware of the arrest and says it is in the process of gathering additional information as the university cooperates with the investigation.

It's the second time in a week that ECU athletes have had run-ins with the law. On Saturday football wide receiver Michael Bowman and cornerback Emanuel Davis were arrested by Greenville police.

Bowman was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting a public officer, while charges against Davis include being intoxicated and disruptive in public and resisting a public officer.

The two football players will be suspended for the Pirates' season opener against South Carolina Sept. 3 and will conduct 25 hours of documented community service in addition to regularly-scheduled time through ECU's Student Development Office and any possible court sentence.

ECU Statement

"We have been made aware of an incident involving our women's basketball program and are in the process of gathering additional information while we cooperate with the investigation. With that said, it is currently an ongoing legal matter, so any further comment on the situation would be premature at this time."

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  • by Justice on Jul 2, 2011 at 12:39 AM
    Someone please answer why the victim would WAIT three months, after finding the card missing then returned, then find charges on her card right after, to call police? Oviously she didnt contact the CC company, because they require a police report to get the charges off the card, or they would launch an investigation themselves. Second, WHY would the accused put the card BACK after "stealing" it? Anyone who reads the police report and the victims statement would also have a few unanswered questions.
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      by Petey pirate on Jul 5, 2011 at 07:07 PM in reply to Justice
      Why dont you answer how long the University, the coach, & Terry Holland has know about it? You think they heard about it on the news like the rest of us?
  • by GOOD GREIF Location: KITTY HAWK, NC on Jul 1, 2011 at 06:51 PM
    Two football players , now this. sounds like a trend.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:58 AM
    This punishment from ECU should be payback all your scholarship money. You are a high profile representative of the university. Ban from campus good call. Let the chips fall where they may with the authorities. Be accountable for your actions. Terry Holland needs to do his job and do what is right for the entire university, not just the sports program. Any student athele or not should be treat the same.
  • by Beat it Location: ENC on Jun 30, 2011 at 08:55 PM
    Why don't all you posters who think these girls deserve a second chance go and jump off a bridge. You are the problem, by making light of lawbreakers like these. Some even want to bring God in to protect their stance? Shameful, shameful. Before you 'pray' for these girls, at least make sure they repent. Why not PRAY for THEIR repentance instead of bashing those of us who are sick of the idiotic law breakers.
  • by g-man Location: greenville on Jun 30, 2011 at 09:54 AM
    look what they get for that little bite of four years at ecu,maybe go to the next level, gone we do not did them at euc.
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      by Dave on Jun 30, 2011 at 11:06 AM in reply to g-man
      I guess the g in g-man doesn't stand for grammar.
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        by Lori on Jun 30, 2011 at 04:37 PM in reply to Dave
  • by ECU Fan Location: Charleston, SC on Jun 30, 2011 at 06:02 AM
    To those that do not know the enrire story please keep your ignorant comments at bay. All parties involved are innocent until proven guilty by a judge just to let EVERYONE know we are not all perfect and where you come from has nothing to do with your morality.
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      by Nope on Jun 30, 2011 at 11:38 AM in reply to ECU Fan
      They're pretty much guilty. Face it toots.
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      by ECU parent on Jun 30, 2011 at 12:47 PM in reply to ECU Fan
      ECU Fan thanks for insightful comments. I know one of the young ladies as she and my daughter played high school basketball together and she stayed at my house unsupervised and nothing of mine came up missing. Let the judicial system work first and then make comments. My God is a God of a second chance maybe some of you should pray for these young ladies and give them a 2nd chance. Some comments on here have made me ashamed to be a ECU parent. AJ,Kim,Ashley,Crystal and ECU women's basketball you are in my prayers.
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        by Dave on Jun 30, 2011 at 01:41 PM in reply to ECU parent
        Your God is failing this world miserably.
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          by Anonymous on Jun 30, 2011 at 06:26 PM in reply to Dave
          My God never fails end of story and I will pray for you too.
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        by dc on Jun 30, 2011 at 02:25 PM in reply to ECU parent
        So you are praying for them to have a second chance, Why so that they can take another teammates money.
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          by Anonymous on Jun 30, 2011 at 06:36 PM in reply to dc
          Everyone need a 2nd chance to get whatever they have done corrected. If they never play basketball again that should not matter but to know they have wronged another human being and learn from it and become a better person with a humble and contrite heart and ask for forgiveness. Life is not about scoring baskets its about becoming a better person and contribute to society. One mistake does not define a person.
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        by Pa LEASE on Jun 30, 2011 at 08:43 PM in reply to ECU parent
        You people trying to protect these frauds should be ashamed. Especially when you use God as an excuse for immoral, and illegal behavior. They deserve no second chance at ECU. If they repent, of course they deserve a second chance with God, but He will judge that when they stand before him on judgement day. Does anyone really believe they will 'learn' from this? Hardly. They might learn how to milk the system, but that's it. Wake up.
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        by ECU student on Jul 1, 2011 at 06:31 AM in reply to ECU parent
        So these peoples comments have made you ashamed to be an ECU parent but these girls actions are ok? What kind of backwards morals do you possess? These girls make me ashamed to be an ECU student. If they can't handle these negative comments then maybe they should not have stolen from their own teammate. That is lower than low.
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      by Dave on Jun 30, 2011 at 01:40 PM in reply to ECU Fan
      Yeah, you people need to know the ENRIRE story!!
  • by Actually on Jun 30, 2011 at 05:10 AM
    Someone commented that these were Baldwin-Tenner's kids and it would not have happened under her watch. Actually it was happening then, but she didn't care enough to do anything about it bc they were winning. Her integrity is in just as much of question as the kids. At least the new coach has recruited kids of good character and ECU fans should be excited about the upcoming year because these kids will help turn the ECU image around.
  • by Insider Location: winterville on Jun 29, 2011 at 10:05 PM
    As someone who knows the background behind this story....I think that it's unfortunate of what happened, however I also think that the girls involved were rightly arrested and will pay the price for making a dumb choice. What they did was wrong and as the saying goes...if you crook long enough you will get caught....they got caught and now they are paying for it. Unless you know them personally calling them thugs and ghetto is not only wrong but erroneous. Kimberly Gay had a high GPA, received numerous awards as well as had a good track record. All in all the ladies involved have been reprimanded, and grouping all of ECU Athletics, Coach Holland and ECU in general is wrong. I'll just leave it at that-
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      by Truth on Jun 30, 2011 at 04:17 AM in reply to Insider
      I know these ladies personally & can tell you that in 5 years they will be nothing more than a bunch of ghetto goblins. There only future is seeing who can collect the most welfare checks & in/out stints in prison. You so caqlled insiders helped create them by continually giving them outs when you should have scolded them. Shame on you.
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        by Insider on Jun 30, 2011 at 09:28 PM in reply to Truth
        Truth do you really know them? because if you REALLY did you wouldnt sound so ignorant! Kim just graduated in May, had a job everyone thought highly of her and went out and did something dumb. You can not sit and tell me that you see her future collecting welfare checks and with prison stints. Please! You arent doing any better by posting on this board spewing negativity
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          by Truth on Jul 1, 2011 at 04:17 AM in reply to Insider
          Well on her way to the 1st prison stint & this so called job she was so well liked at,they better count their cash register!
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          by Dave on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:28 AM in reply to Insider
          Yeah, she has a job. I saw her working the register several times at the Trade Wilco on Stantonsburg Road.
  • by Dave Location: ("}{||>><<) on Jun 29, 2011 at 09:39 PM
    This Clark girl has some real talent. I mean, how many basketball players can actually say that they lead the team in steals both on and off the court?
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      by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2011 at 10:30 PM in reply to Dave
      Another classic Dave zinger. I can't understand why a major studio hasn't picked you up as a writer.
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      by Samantha on Jun 30, 2011 at 11:06 AM in reply to Dave
      HA HA nice one.
  • by Bruce the Shark Location: Greenville on Jun 29, 2011 at 08:08 PM
    Why are my comments banned? You never hear about baseball, softball, volleyball, tennis, golf, soccer, or track and field athletes being arrested or in the paper. Does this make this a racist comment, WITN???
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      by Dave on Jun 30, 2011 at 03:33 PM in reply to Bruce the Shark
      Because you are named after a Finding Nemo character.

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