Basketball Star In Court On Drug Charges

He was a one-time top candidate for Kentucky's Mr. Basketball.

Today, that candidate was in court for a preliminary hearing.

Bud Mackey was arrested in September after investigators said he brought cocaine to Scott County High School.

Mackey pleaded not guilty in court last month.

Today's preliminary hearing was continued until December 6th.

Mackey had verbally committed to play at Indiana University, but ESPN.com reports the school has withdrawn its scholarship offer.


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  • by Paul Location: Lex on Nov 9, 2007 at 06:26 AM
    Is mR. Mackey charged with selling drugs or just possessing them? I agree Carol, He should be required to do counseling, and given the chance to redeem himself. I believe this is a first offence, he won't and shouldn't do anytime. I hope he's gotten the wake up call. Carol, Dee and Linda are right.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Nov 9, 2007 at 06:10 AM
    He will wind up going to someplace like Oak Hill Academy for a year then get a scholarship at another basketball school. Has he given his life over to Jesus yet, like Michael Vick did? Of course Vick was busted after that for drugs in his system. Must be part of the bong hits for Jesus movement.
  • by enough on Nov 8, 2007 at 12:33 PM
    Drugs are death...simple as that. People are killed by them, killed for them or killed or hurt for money to buy them. If you don't believe me get off of your couch and do a ride along with a local police officer for a while. It is shocking how many domestic disputes, robberies, vehicle collisions, etc. are a result of drugs. Drugs are moving more and more into the mainstream of this country and at the same time society is getting worse and worse. Anyone who says anything different is wrong PERIOD. Are we ever going to get tough on this cancer or are we just going to rehabilitate it until it kills us?
  • by Peggy Location: Ky on Nov 8, 2007 at 10:25 AM
    Right on Todd!I definetly feel he needs to do time,but it might be beneficial if the courts make him and all caught with drugs go to funerals of people who have overdosed.Maybe go to the mental wards of hospitals so he can see the people who got ahold of some tainted(isn't it all,though) stuff and it turned their minds to mush(really fast).There are so many ways to teach young adults the REAL dangers of messing with these drugs.He needs time to realize just how serious this really is.Jail time would be the best way for him to have that time to recognize.As I've stated before,this could have not only saved many lives,but his own life as well.I'm glad he was caught before some kids took this crap and died.He needs to be taught a hard lesson.
  • by trudge Location: ashland on Nov 7, 2007 at 05:07 PM
    if he is guilty, he should accept the punishment and serve his time. i am so tired of teenagers and adults not taking responsibility for their actions.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2007 at 05:21 AM
    I'm sorry Linda . I dont think he deserves a second chance. He already had his chance and he blew it by bringing drugs into the school. This is probably the first time that he was CAUGHT doing it.In the video report, he didn't look sorry to me. He only looked like he was sorry that he got caught.
  • by Mike Location: Somerset on Nov 6, 2007 at 09:00 PM
    Looks like another Jameson Curry story (played for Okla St.) Similiar situation...they caught him with drugs or selling..I can't remember which... North Carolina and Roy Williams pulled his scholarship and Sean and Eddie Sutton ended up giving Jameson Curry another chance...Look for Okla St. to do the same thing here.... Watch and see... Those Sutton's are notorious for shady things... Someone will give him a shot
  • by Todd Location: Somerset on Nov 6, 2007 at 08:53 PM
    Ok, would you all be so supportive if this man were just some one off the streets? Would you be so sympathetic if he had sold or gave drugs to your kids? And just say your kids died from an overdose Carol, Dee or Linda would you really be willing to let him just be counciled or rehabilitated? I think he should get the same punishment as anyone - just because he's a basketball player doesn't make him any different than an oridiary person or a thug off the streets.
  • by Sandy Location: Owingsville on Nov 6, 2007 at 08:49 PM
    This is so sad. These young kids using or trafficing drugs. Bud Mackey needs to be punished for having drugs and having them on school grounds. Has Bud ever commited a serious crime or would he because of the drugs if he had not been caught? THATS THE QUESTION!!! Now he has to pay for his stupidity. He could have gone a long way with his talent. My thoughts and prayers go to the family. JUSTICE needs to be served. BUD GET HELP, GET CLEAN AND be an upstanding citizen of the USA. GOOD LUCK. DO the crime DO the time.
  • by Cindy Location: Somerset on Nov 6, 2007 at 07:44 PM
    They send 18 year olds to prison all the time. Why should he be treated different because he can play sports. Why dont we stop sending everyone to jail and let people steal, kill or do drugs until they reach say the age 40. Would that make everyone happier?
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