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Former N.C. State basketball player faces felony charge

Posted January 14, 2009
Updated November 5, 2010

— A former N.C. State basketball player has been charged with a felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses.

Gavin Grant, 23, surrendered to authorities Tuesday on the charge, which stems from credit card fraud at Saks on Oct. 14, 2008, authorities said.

Another person, Paige Gilliam, 25, has also been charged with three counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

Grant, who was a forward/guard for N.C. State from 2004 to 2007, now plays for the Utah Flash in the NBA Development League. He averages 12 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in the current season. The team’s next game is Thursday night.

Three years ago, Grant, who was born in Jamaica, was in danger of being deported for being in the United States illegally.

Grant moved to New York when he was 9 years old and did not have valid paperwork to be in the country. Immigration officials began removal proceedings in October 2005.

They were eventually closed, and Grant was allowed to proceed with an application for permanent resident status.

Grant is out of the Wake County jail on pre-trial release, meaning he did not have to post bond.


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  • meBNme Nov 5, 2010

    "....Gavin could get a job and wouldn't have to resort to such desperate measures.

    Lack of a job is not justification nor excuse for this kind of criminal activity.
    I was without a job for a year, with a family, kids, and no nest egg. That certainly didnt force me to become a criminal.

    Criminal activity is a CHOICE and the person who commits the crime ir the one responsible.

    Another point. HE HAS A JOB.... with the NBA!!
    Think he's forced to eat baloney sandwiches foer dinner??

    No, he turned into a punk criminal.

    There is NO excuse or justification for it.

  • Thinkb4uspeak Jan 21, 2009

    Darn thnkb4uspk

    ould you not think of a more original name? is there a reason why your name is so similar to mine?

  • discowhale Jan 15, 2009

    the answer is simple...it's called Triangle or NC tie in.

    I've been living here for 40+ years. But I've traveled extensively and I have family all over the country. TV and radio and print entities in this state are the WORST I've ever seen about news with a local / state tie in. They can't help themselves. Good, bad, big or small, if a news story mentions ANYTHING related in any way to NC, it's a go for printing or air time.

    Stories like this prove it.

  • Tar Heels Victory-NCAA CHAMPIONS Jan 15, 2009

    I don't understand why this story is on the Sports Fan page. Yes he played basketball at NC STATE, but he is no longer a student or an athlete at the University. It's not the schools fault he committed this crime. This story has nothing to do with sports and should be treated as such. It should only be on the main WRAL page as news.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jan 15, 2009

    "it seems that we only want to deport Mexicans"

    I'd rather focus on the biggest problem, the illegal Mexicans. They're here in the millions, up to 20 million by some estimates. When OTHER illegals get to be such a large problem, I'd say focus on them.

  • lazerdoc Jan 15, 2009

    "it seems that we only want to deport Mexicans"

    Maybe if we deport the ILLEGAL Mexicans Gavin could get a job and wouldn't have to resort to such desperate measures.

  • mtnmama Jan 15, 2009

    stategirl2---my bad, but I do believe TO imposed discipline. But it doesn't look good when the son of the coach gets into serious trouble and then we see stories like this. From a recruiting standpoint, if you're a parent and you see the coach on TV in court with his son, and then read this, it makes you wonder where character development lies in the scheme of this program. Top it off with this years' record and my opinion is that SL's run as coach is, well....can you read the writing on the wall? I realize this happens at nearly every school (and yes, I realize this did not occur while enrolled at NCSU), but, again, when it happens with your own son, it doesn't bode well for NCSU, PR-wise. I feel bad for SL and the team, really, I do, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a coaching change in the near future.

  • giovanni777777 Jan 15, 2009

    it seems that we only want to deport Mexicans

  • tgw Jan 15, 2009

    Slow news day-but then again, the media seems to enjoy piling on Sidney. A few W's will solve some of that.

    And recruiting looks great for next year.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Jan 15, 2009

    another proud moment for Wolfpack basketball! This from a Pack fan!!