CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Four Waddell players, including two starters, have been dismissed from the team after they were involved in a hotel room theft during a holiday tournament, sources told the Observer.
Last month, Waddell played in a holiday tournament in Spartanburg. MEGA 7 conference mate Olympic was also there. While Olympic was playing, one of the four Waddell players went to the front desk at the hotel and told a clerk that he’d lost his room key. Only, he asked for a key to a room that actually belonged to Olympic coach Ty Baumgardner. The clerk apparently didn’t confirm the room key was for the proper room.
Two videocameras and a watch were stolen from Baumgardner’s room. Baumgardner would not comment when contacted by the Observer. Sources said he would have the stolen items returned.
CMS police investigated last week and the players were removed from the team. They will not play for the remainder of the season for a team that is contention for a conference championship and was among the favorites to make a strong run in the N.C. 3A playoffs.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg spokesperson Lauren Bell said CMS could not comment on any disciplinary actions taken against any student and referred the Observer to the CMS code of conduct. That code considers stealing a Tier 3, 4 or 5 infraction. Penalties range from zero to 11 days of out of school suspension (Tier 3), up to 365 days out of school suspension (Tier 4) or explusion.
The four players did not play in Friday’s 60-44 win over Garinger or in Tuesday’s 73-66 loss to Harding. Waddell is 13-6 overall and 5-2 in the MEGA 7 conference, tied for second place with Harding.