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Omaha, NE

#1 Sep 7, 2007
Published Friday | September 7, 2007
All-Nebraska player one of eight guilty of vandalism
BY STU POSPISIL
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
All-Nebraska basketball player Jesse Carr of Ainsworth was one of eight individuals sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty in Cherry County Court to vandalizing Valentine High School.
Cherry County Attorney Eric Scott said the eight were convicted of criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, stemming from an incident early Saturday. All eight were sentenced to make full restitution to the Valentine school district, pay the maximum fine allowed of $1,000, work 250 hours for the district and apologize personally to the school and in writing to three individuals. All eight also received three years of probation.
Besides Carr, others sentenced in the incident were Ainsworth High graduates Jory Daniels, Jered McGill, Cade Freeman, Drew Kozisek, and Michael McLeod; Ainsworth High sophomore Matt Walton; and Christopher Killin, who played basketball last season for Central City.
Daniels, McGill, Walton and McLeod, whose hometown is Brownlee, were Carr's teammates on the Bulldogs' 2007 Class C-1 state championship basketball team.
Carr is a 6-foot-2 senior who this summer committed to play basketball for Colorado State. As a junior, he averaged 22.6 points and nearly 10 assists as the first All-Nebraska player from Ainsworth since 1938.
Valentine school officials estimated damage at more than $11,000. Exterior walls and a wooden statue of the school's badger mascot were spray-painted and school vans were spray-painted and had windows broken.
Brandon Beebout

Kearney, NE

#2 Sep 19, 2007
You guys are absolutely gotta be stupid to do something like that!! I thought I used to do dumb stuff like that, but I was never that cruel or dumb!
Mudd

Decatur, IL

#3 Nov 29, 2007
Lucky he didn't lose his scholarship. I've heard that the Colorado State Athletice Department received over 20 calls asking to have his scholarship offer revoked. If you ever knew his dad, you could possibly understand where he got the tendency to act like an idiot. Seem to remember an incident in which his mom & dad were chasing after referees after one game. Dad should have been fired from his job after that one considering he's a teacher!!!
Miranda Dunkel

United States

#4 Dec 29, 2007
I think that Jesse Carr is a great person and great basketball player.........everybody make stupid mistakes. Do you think that he wanted to look like an idiot? No he didn't. I admire him. His parents are nice people too. Jesse is awesome! I love watching him play. He's a really sweet guy. As a matter of fact.......... I will say I love him! Jesse if your reading this ....I want you to know that everything I said is true.
austin

Mifflinburg, PA

#5 Jan 15, 2008
jesse you know you are a stud so just keep doin what your doing on the floor DOMINATE
Mudd

United States

#6 Jan 18, 2008
Jesse Carr IS a stud on the basketball court. No doubt! It also sounds like he does have his head screwed on straight, just had a lapse in judgement for one occasion. Things like that happen when you're young. BUT, his parents were involved in ANOTHER altercation (with fans I understand) during a recent game. Evidently an opposing team was rattling handcuffs during game introductions. Not necessarily a good way to represent your school, but definitely not something which should provoke parents (GROWN ADULTS) into altercations. What really confuses me is that Miranda is right! Jesse's dad is actually a pretty nice guy! I don't know his mom well enough to say, but I can say his dad was typically a nice guy. When will parents learn that THEY could cost their kids any numerous amounts of things by doing this (scholarships, recruit visits, playing time, and not to mention their overall reputation)!!! WATCH THE GAME AND BE A ROLE MODEL! Save that petty junk for pick-up games on Wednesday nights!

GO DAWGS!
Amy Carr Ainsworth NE

United States

#7 Feb 3, 2008
Mudd wrote:
Lucky he didn't lose his scholarship. I've heard that the Colorado State Athletice Department received over 20 calls asking to have his scholarship offer revoked. If you ever knew his dad, you could possibly understand where he got the tendency to act like an idiot. Seem to remember an incident in which his mom & dad were chasing after referees after one game. Dad should have been fired from his job after that one considering he's a teacher!!!
Mudd, let me copy off for you the Letter to the Editor that I and my husband placed in the Ainsworth Star Journal just last week. We had to do this due to the fact that there is still this absolute untruth going around about us. Unfortunately there are people like yourself who makeup, believe and spread rumors. I'll refresh your memory. We NEVER chased after any referees. The letter is as follows:
"Upon seeing the Ainsworth Star Journal's article regarding the recent school board meeting discussion of "concern" about certain fan's behavior, we would like to say that although this discussion was not about us, some of the people that may have expressed concern are mistaken and misinformed. Since the Ainsworth/Minden game that took place on Dec. 21, we have been told by several people that they heard that I, Amy, had been kicked out of the Minden game for poor fan behavior and could never return to another game. We've also been told by some that they heard we both got escorted out of the game. ALL OF THIS IS ABSOLUTELY UNTRUE. We did step outside the gym for a few moments during the final minutes for a totally separate reason that had to do with our other son who was at the game. To whomever started this rumor, shame on you.
Alsmost four years ago we were both the victims of lies of a similar nature. We were alleged to have verbally assaulted two refs after a basketball game. The allegations were shown to be false, after a determination by the then athletic director. Five people-one of the then school principals, 2 Ainsworth teachers and 2 community members who were present said that what was alleged did not occur. The AD presented this to Jim Tenopir at the NSAA and Mr. Tenopir said he was satisfied with what the AD had determined. HOWEVER, the then superintendent stepped in and told the AD the matter was no longer in his hands. He told the school board that the NSAA directed him to see that sanctions would be taken against Ainsworth if disciplinary action was not taken against us. We have in our possession a letter from Jim Tenopir that no such firective was given. The superintendent would not allow the testimony of those who knew what actually happened. The school board did not ask for our input or give us the opportunity to speak, nor did the Ainsworth Star Journal or KBRB Radio. The school board then voted to ban us from a basketball game because the then superintendent told them this is what they had to do. Our names were in the Ainsworth Star Journal and on KBRB Radio. We still feel the effects of being convicted of something for which we are innocent of. and again, to the person or persons responsible for starting and spreading rumors about us or anyone else, SHAME ON YOU.
Jeff Carr

United States

#8 Feb 3, 2008
Wow, Mudd...again. Look at the post above. We were not involved in any altercation with any Minden fans. We did not exhibit poor behavior at the game. We were not kicked out of the game or escorted from the game. There were several Ainsworth fans that were in an altercation with Minden fans. We had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT.

As for the twenty calls, IF there were, then there are 20 people with too much time on their hands. 20 people who would like to see a kid get a scholarship taken from him? People with perfect children come out of the woodwork at times like these. People who enjoy pouncing on and tearing down. Furthermore, are there people that don't know he had many places that wanted him to play there both before and after this incident? Besides, the coaching staff was not concerned; they have confidence in Jesse and know the kind of person he is.

As for the handcuffs, we LAUGHED at that because that kind of thing doesn't bother Jesse

MUDD, since you are so "concerned" about Jesse, give us a call and we'll be happy to discuss this with you. We assume that since you are so concerned that you will not hesitate to identify yourself. And since you seem to know us, perhaps an apology is in order.
Mudd

United States

#9 Feb 14, 2008
You are absolutely correct. An apology is in order. I was evidently uninformed, or informed incorrectly of this occurrence and apologize for any implications or other issues you may have incurred.
I would like to state these FACTS, and I do know they are facts, as reasons why I would be "concerned" about Jesse.
A) His recent run-in with authorities (obviously a one-time mistake which all kids will make, but b/c of Jesse's notoriety it was known by more than just the common man.) understandable.
B) His brother WAS recently removed from a game for some reason (of which I am not knowledgeable, so I will leave it at that). My guess is this is why you were outside during the Minden game, correct?
C) Although you have proven me wrong (which I am glad, as I do not want to falsely accuse anyone) as to any involvement with the Minden game, I do believe that either one or both of you WERE involved in an altercation on another occasion a year or two ago? As you'll see in my first post (Nov.----before your letter to the editor), I was referring to THAT incident. If this is incorrect, please say so but I believe that this is correct. Regardless, I'm sure that it was a learning experience for all (and I know that whoever was involved was not the only Ainsworth fan).
We all do stupid stuff in our lives: drinking on the school bus, defacing property, chasing after ref's, posting things we probably really don't know much about.....it happens. Jesse will do great things @ CSU, or maybe somewhere else if other DI schools would get smart and recruit the kid!!!
My sincerest apologies for any misunderstanding regarding the recent basketball game, but with a few past and recent occurrences, I think you could see why a person might be concerned. Good luck to any Carr in anything they may do, especially to Jesse when he goes to show another state what real basketball is all about!
Mudd

United States

#10 Feb 14, 2008
Apologies again as evidently I had heard what everyone else had heard regarding the first incident. I did not see that reference in the copied letter to editor. You are evidently both very upstanding citizens of the community who should be praised for raising such a talented young man, and especially Jeff for helping to teach and lead America's youth to conduct themselves more honorable than the persons before them.

Congrats to Jesse on his new state record for 3's.

I sincerely hope you laughed at the handcuffs as A) it was silly & stupid and
B) it was funny. Seriously, f-u-n-n-y.

Until we meet again..........but then again, you wouldn't know if we had met again or not! But I will :)
Amy Carr

United States

#11 Feb 17, 2008
We are pleased that you have read our posts and responded. Just a couple of things:

1. Our son who is 14 flipped an empty gatorade and it landed on the court. I watched 3 people yell at him and drag him out. We proceeded to go out and found him backed up against a wall by the principal and whom we believe to be the athletic director and another unidentified person. While we would expect that he would be talked to, we didn't expect that they would handle it unprofessionally and irresponsibly. He threw an empty plastic bottle, not a hand grenade. We did proceed to tell them to not touch our son; something we feel most parents would do in said situation. Apparently someone decided that we had been ejected from the game and who knows what else. I hope whoever it is is pleased with themselves. Pleased that they started defamatory rumors that end up on the internet.

1. The letter to the editor copied on above post outlines the entire situation from 4 years back. Something which caused me to not be able to come out of my house for weeks, unless absolutely necessary. If we had said or done something wrong we would stand up and say yep, we did it and we're sorry. Do you know how it feels to not be able to even defend yourself? When you're dealing w/ a man like that superintendant who has told your husband that if he speaks out about it he will be fired and everything happens in a matter of 4 days, not much to be done. A man w/ no scruples who took the opportunity to get back at a teacher who was out to get him for calling him out for lies this man had told? I could go on and on about all that this man did.

2. We have always reminded Jesse that since he is well known he will be scrutinized for anything he does. Also that there are little people that look up to him and to remember that. Jesse was sick about that. He went into Ainsworth classrooms and talked to kids about peer pressure and making good choices. We were heartsick and as a mother I cried for weeks. Jesse is a great kid. Do you know how hard it is to be criticized as bad parents because your child is well known? Our children are not perfect but we have taught them values, we love them and they are our TOP priority.
Amy Carr

United States

#12 Feb 17, 2008
Correction: Instead of "A man w/ no scruples who took the opportunity to get back at a teacher who was out to get him for calling him out..." should be clarified as to mean "to get back at a teacher whom he was out to get for calling him out...."
Amy Carr

United States

#13 Feb 17, 2008
Also, the Gatorade ball was flipped onto the court during a break, at the end of regulation. No one was hurt and there was no intention of hurting anyone.
RamJoe30

Roseland, NJ

#14 Feb 18, 2008
From a huge Ram Supporter, we are happy to have Jesse coming to Colorado State!! Everyone has a lapse in Judgement every now and then, its actually refreshing to see his parents standing behind him. Good luck Jesse and we are excited about you becoming a RAM!!
Mudd

United States

#15 Feb 20, 2008
Amy-

Thank you for your further notes on what had happened. It was not necessary, but understandable why you noted these things.

I am sorry to hear that Jesse injured himself in the game the other night. I hope that he is well enough to help lead the team into battle against O'Neill & hopefully Pierce later this week.

As for the superintendent, I don't know the parameters of what he asked to have done, but I think it would be unfair to not see from his perspective that by asking someone to not comment on it, he is trying to help diffuse the situation. Whether or not he was right, at the time for Jeff to have commented would have just added more fuel to the fire.
hoopfan

United States

#16 Feb 20, 2008
Mudd wrote:
Amy-
Thank you for your further notes on what had happened. It was not necessary, but understandable why you noted these things.
I am sorry to hear that Jesse injured himself in the game the other night. I hope that he is well enough to help lead the team into battle against O'Neill & hopefully Pierce later this week.
As for the superintendent, I don't know the parameters of what he asked to have done, but I think it would be unfair to not see from his perspective that by asking someone to not comment on it, he is trying to help diffuse the situation. Whether or not he was right, at the time for Jeff to have commented would have just added more fuel to the fire.
It was necessary, because you asked the ? "My guess is that's why you were out there, correct?"

Yes, the Supt did have a perspective and that was for the truth to not be told.

These are my final comments on the matter.
Ainsworth Alum

Omaha, NE

#17 Feb 28, 2008
As a previous alum and future Ainsworth booster, I found great displeasure learning of such an incident, involving such promising individuals. After reviewing the NSAA state boys basketball seatings, I was curious as to why our boys weren't participating in the tournament this year.

I did a google search to catch up, and low and behold, the first article listed was the one outlined above. Did this have anything to do with our outcome?

To be brief, reading all your comments made me sick. I'm over 1,000 miles away, and embarassed for you all.
alsoanainswortha lum

United States

#18 Feb 29, 2008
please stay 1000 miles away. no one here needs you as a future booster. is your ? a serious ?...the outcome of not being in the state tournament this year is because of a loss in subdistricts. no one that knows anything about sports would think otherwise. people that live here don't need your :on't live here anymore but still know everything attitude."
DAVE Class of 47

United States

#19 Feb 29, 2008
You all are missing the point. Your comments focus around one blue-chip player, rather than eight pathetic youngsters . What a class act done by those individuals, especially the prior year graduates, for stooping down to such a level and breaking the law. Hats off to you all!
"Ainsworth Alum" may not have understood the circumstances of the team loss, but he/she nailed the point home by stating the embarassment it caused. Simply ridiculous and embarassing for us all. The vandalism was bad enough, but to read all this jargon is over-the-top. I am ashamed.
Lets prevent going from state champions to state penitentiary.
alsoanainswortha lum

United States

#20 Feb 29, 2008
DAVE Class of 47 wrote:
You all are missing the point. Your comments focus around one blue-chip player, rather than eight pathetic youngsters . What a class act done by those individuals, especially the prior year graduates, for stooping down to such a level and breaking the law. Hats off to you all!
"Ainsworth Alum" may not have understood the circumstances of the team loss, but he/she nailed the point home by stating the embarassment it caused. Simply ridiculous and embarassing for us all. The vandalism was bad enough, but to read all this jargon is over-the-top. I am ashamed.
Lets prevent going from state champions to state penitentiary.
It's a bit of a stretch to think that they might go from throwing a rock and spraying paint on a wall to the penitentiary. It's old news. It's over. Done with. All here have moved on. You don't know these boys so save your concern for elsewhere. The whole topic started because someone put the OWH article on this forum for no other reason than jealousy and spite. Be embarrassed for whoever that was.

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