The University of Akron men's basketball team is standing behind Alex Abreu as the point guard fights drug charges, including trafficking.
"You know, he didn't kill anybody and he didn't rape anybody," said Head Coach Keith Dambrot. "He made a very poor decision and, hopefully, he can come back from that. That's something we're going to work very hard on."
Abreu, 21, and Austin Durgala, 18, were arrested Thursday on drug charges, after police found both men at Durgala's residence along with more than five pounds of marijuana. Dambrot suggests that fans and others not rush to judgment.
"He's a guy that's never been arrested," said Dambrot. "Obviously, young people make mistakes and make some bad decisions and wrong place, wrong time."
Dambrot was a guest on the 1590 WAKR Ray Horner Morning Show Monday morning:
Abreu, who is to referred by Dambrot as "a son," entered not guilty pleas Friday in Akron Municipal Court and was released from the Summit County Jail after posting $5,000 bond.
"It's our absolute obligation to stand by guys in good and in bad - that's a family member, so we're going to do everything we can to make sure we take care of him and his family."