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 witn.com.
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.