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Arrested deputy is NFL star's dad

Posted June 2, 2011

— A Nash County deputy and father of a North Carolina football star lost his job Thursday after he was arrested on drug charges. 

George Thomas Kurney, 50, of N.C. Highway 581 in Bailey, is the father of Julius Peppers, who starred on the basketball and football teams at the University of North Carolina before going pro with the Carolina Panthers.

He was arrested Wedesday along with Donald Earl Bullock, 46, of Sims School Road in Sims, on charges of possession of cocaine.

The Nash County Sheriff's Office, Tarboro and Wilson police departments and the State Bureau of Investigation collaborated on the investigation. Both men were being held Thursday in the Wilson County Jail. 



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  • TeresaBee Jun 2, 2011

    In all fairness to WRAL don't you think the sports media is going to report this too?
    Here is a link to Sports Illustrated article on the same story.


  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jun 2, 2011

    Praying for his family.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jun 2, 2011

    Btw, this is newsworthy. A LEO losing his job over drug stuff? Corrupt cop. Sure it's newsworthy, and since Peppers is very well known, that is also newsworthy. No one associated Peppers with the crime(s) that were committed.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jun 2, 2011

    "And TBK, haha, I'm glad to see you keep up the lunacy outside of the Sports threads."

    Haha! Yep, I wander over here once in a while!

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jun 2, 2011

    "It was the same when Gavin Grant got arrested for robbing people and a bunch of State fans were up in arms that the article mentioned he played basketball at NCSU."

    That's the thing, and my only problem with this story. The title doesn't mention Carolina, but stories like the one you mentioned, do. When an ex-State player does something, his name, and NCSU are up in lights for all the world to see. When a Carolina player does something, we often just see wording like we did here, simply referring to him as an "NFL star".

    For all we know, this was Joe Montana. It's not until we open the story that we see Peppers' name mentioned and/or any affiliation with Carolina.

    We just want some consistency. Because it sure appears that this title was intentionally withholding any relationship with Carolina. Whatever standard WRAL adopts, I just want it applied CONSISTENTLY. Instead, we just see little things here and there that benefit Carolina in some way. We're just tied of the bias.

  • ncleo05 Jun 2, 2011

    Really is this all you have to report on, lets dig up some more dirt WRAl..... geez turning into tabloids. News must be getting slow

  • bh4 Jun 2, 2011

    This obviously means that Butch Davis knew all along. Cue the Tim Hall negative article about NC football.

  • BurninStick Jun 2, 2011

    Yeah I know, "human interest" story. But what about some journalistic discretion here? Why embarrass Mr. Kurney and his high profile son further when Julius wasn't involved? So now the story has broken...and so has WRAL's editorial judgment process.

  • slimgirl04 Jun 2, 2011

    TomP07 Hate is a strong word to use against someone you don't know..

  • Truth Time Jun 2, 2011

    Let's see, your son in a multi millionaire and you stay in a job working for a sheriffs department in a county where they are known not to pay much for their deputies and you get caught with cocaine. I guess we know why he didn't quit... Making all the good ones look bad... Hammer the guy