Former OU basketball player arrested

Tuesday, April 3rd 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ University of Oklahoma police arrested a former basketball standout on Monday on complaints of trespassing and possession of marijuana, authorities said.

J.R. Raymond was taken into custody outside a campus dormitory and taken to the Cleveland County Detention Center. A jailer said Raymond had bonded out by late Monday.

OU basketball coach Kelvin Sampson suspended Raymond Feb. 23 for violating a team policy. At the time, Raymond was the Sooners' leading scorer, averaging 18 points per game.

Sampson made the season suspension permanent two days later, declining to disclose which of the program rules Raymond had violated.

``I'm not going to get into that,'' Sampson said then. ``You make decisions based on what's best for your program. I've never thought that one individual is bigger than your program.''

Sampson suspended Raymond for the team's two pre-season games and the season opener after Raymond allegedly took three DVD movies from a local Wal-Mart. He and teammate Nolan Johnson were each charged with misdemeanor larceny.