In early May, it was reported that the mother of Alabama basketball player Devonta Pollard had been arrested and charged with the kidnapping of six-year old Jashayla Hopson. Jesse Mae Pollard had entered East Kemper Elementary School on April 30 and took Hopson out of school after asking for the little girl by name.
In reality, it was really only truly on a sports site such as ours because Pollard has such an athletic son. We had not heard anything in connection to the former five-star recruit and current member of the Crimson Tide in connection to his mother’s escapade.
That is, until now.
Pollard himself has been arrested and is now facing charges of conspiracy to commit a kidnapping. This according to ABC 11 WTOK in Mississippi:
Three more people have been charged in connection with the kidnapping of Jashayla Hopson in Kemper County, including Univ. of Alabama basketball player Devonta Pollard.
Kemper County Sheriff James Moore said Pollard and Joyce Johnigan were arrested in Kemper County Tuesday on a charge of conspiracy to commit the kidnapping.
Pollard’s mother reportedly sent a text message to Hopson’s father, saying “don’t call the police I will call you later if you call the police u wont see her again.”
Hopson turned up the next day, on a rural road, by herself. She had apparently been dropped off there. The girl knocked on the door of a nearby house, and those within immediately alerted authorities, who returned Hopson to her family.
WTOK also reports that a total of six people have now been arrested, and one more is expected to be in custody shortly.
The 6-foot-8 Pollard averaged of 3.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game as an Alabama freshman. He is expected to be a big piece of the team’s building process, but how this will affect his status with the program has yet to be reported.
[H/T: CBS Sports]