New Court Date For ECU Football Player

An ECU football player has a new court date after being arrested a second time this year. Running back Giavanni Ruffin is expected back in court on January 5 in Perquimans County. His latest arrest was for not showing up for court. He is responding here on

Ruffin posted a comment on this story. We were in contact with him where he confirmed he did post the comment.

Ruffin says, "The comments that have been made about me have been hurtful. People have jumped to conclusions over the past day. My uncle died this past week and I had to go straight home in order to be there for my family and my mother who is ill with Lupus. During this stressful time, the court date slipped my mind. The coaching staff knew why I was going home. People have called me a thug I am not was never and never will be a thug; my mom raised me better than that. I made a mistake, and for that I am truly sorry. I have learned from my mistake and it has made me grow as a person. For the people who say I don’t deserve my scholarship, I have worked hard both on the athletic field and in the class room. I have maintained my grades and have tried to be an upstanding member of the pirate community. I don’t think it is fair for people to judge me as a person because you don’t know me and what is going on in my life. I am not trying to upset anyone I just wanted people to know my side of the story."

Ruffin's comment can also be read in its entirety in the comment section below where he posted it.

Ruffin was jailed for failure to appear on charges that date back in March. The running back was released on a $2,000 bond this morning.

The 22-year-old senior was originally arrested back in March with former player Brandon Jackson for being intoxicated and disruptive and resisting, obstructing and delay. Jackson was kicked off the team because of previous violations while Ruffin was suspended from the team.

The Pitt County Clerk's Office says Ruffin also failed to appear on speeding and no operators license charges from Perquimans County. The clerk says he had 20 days from October 22nd to appear on those charges before a warrant is issued. The Perquimans County Clerk's office says Ruffin's case has been continued to January 5, 2011.

Ruffin has played in all nine ECU games this season and is the teams second leading rusher with 259 yards and one touchdown.

ECU head coach Ruffin McNeill stated after Tuesday's practice that Giavanni Ruffin will play in Thursday nights game at UAB and that Giavanni's reason for missing his court date was due to the death of his uncle.

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  • by J Murph Location: Washington DC on Sep 28, 2011 at 03:41 PM
  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2010 at 12:14 PM
    @blake this kid can't read LOL
  • by Observer Location: Raleigh, NC on Nov 15, 2010 at 03:49 AM
    @ Blake: What part of "death in the family" did you not comprehend? I am not a football fan, nor do I have any connections to this young man. I do know, having worked in the court system for almost 30 years, that people do miss court dates. There are doctors, lawyers, politicians, upstanding members of the community and every day people who miss court, every day, for various reasons. Why do you think this kid is any different?
  • by blake Location: gville on Nov 14, 2010 at 09:29 PM
    Maybe he thought he did not have to show up...he is too important a person...
  • by ENC Mom Location: ENC on Nov 14, 2010 at 03:15 PM
    To Giavanni's Mom: I met your son back in the spring on a professional level. I have never met such a polite, caring, individual in my life. You should be VERY proud of him. Don't pay attention to those who want to bash your son. Like in the Wizard of Oz, "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!" Giavanni will be a success in life simply because the only thing he wants to do, is make YOU proud of him. Blessings to you and your family.
  • by Giavanni Mom Location: VIRGINIA BEACH on Nov 12, 2010 at 11:07 AM
    First my son is far from a thug!Giavanni is a respectful and hard working young man, he has been my warrior thru my cancer and lupus.My brother passed away and gee came home to be with me and our family during this difficult time , our hearts have been broken . I understand that people make mistakes in life and God will be the only one to judge and gee will pay for his mistakes in life . I will pray for the one's with the godless thoughts about gee and for the ones that have supported gee i will also keep you in my prayers. If you ever where to meet my son you would understand that he is a blessing and such a great kid.My brother which was Gee's mentor, and his heart,would be very proud of him. His court date will be meet and he will pay his fine's for the misdemeanor and his speeding ticket.A champion is someone who gets up even when he cant. Also for all the negitive people who have never made a mistake you must be angels ! It always rains the hardest on the ppl who deserve the sun
  • by Old Guy Location: Kinston on Nov 12, 2010 at 09:40 AM
    Dave: If anything makes ECU academics look suspect, it is your claim to have graduated from there with two degrees. You state that Giavanni will never see the NFL !! Ever hear of Vonta Leach ?? No, well he graduated from ECU and has played fullback for the Houston Texans for the past seven years. Before the start of this current season he signed a new contract for $8,000,000. But I'm sure your signing bonus to teach 8th grade English in some little Pennsylvania middle school was more than that. Your comments reek of insecurity and lack of self esteem, so just continue making yourself feel better buy trying to demean everyone that is more successful in their chosen endeavor. What a childish little attitide.
  • by RuffinFan Location: Greenville on Nov 12, 2010 at 06:37 AM
    I met Giavanni after a game a couple of weeks ago and was SUPER IMPRESSED. He came by our party, an hour after the game, signed a poster for a little boy and made a point of shaking hands with everyone. He was polite, well spoken, and a pleasure to meet. So, yes Giavanni, I agree, you were raised well. Kudos to your Mother and to you. Hang in there, Keep your head up and don't get in anymore trouble.
  • by Anonymous Location: pitt county on Nov 11, 2010 at 04:12 PM
    Get over it people, its not just ECU its every where dont single them out quit having a one track mind!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 11, 2010 at 12:20 PM
    @Sam not bitter just regret wasting my time going there, I graduated and I am self made but my ecu degree has nothing to do with my success. I have spent so much time trying to defend ecu when I could have done what I am doing now with no degree. I'm just done with defending ecu, my kids won't go there no way no how! I am glad you are happy with it, I don't see how but I am done caring sorry I posted the earlier post and upset you. you have a nice day Sam .

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