Court hearing reveals player's positive drug test
HUNTINGTON -- A circuit judge revealed Thursday that Marshall University basketball standout Elijah Pittman failed a routine, court-mandated drug screen testing positive for marijuana, according to court officials.
Cabell Circuit Judge Alfred Ferguson disclosed the test results at an otherwise routine pretrial hearing. Pittman, 22, will return for a status conference Oct. 3, officials said.
The senior forward from Covington, Ky., was indicted in late July. The grand jury charged him with misdemeanor battery stemming from a physical altercation with another Marshall student in October 2012.
Investigators said, upon being punched, the victim fell to the pavement and momentarily lost consciousness.
Marshall basketball coach Tom Herrion said he was unaware of what transpired during Pittman's hearing and therefore could not comment. He said, however, he would check into the matter.
Court-mandated drug screens are typically ordered at arraignment. The screens give officials a baseline for measurement with a positive test rarely resulting in detention.
Ferguson warned Pittman an additional positive test would result in jail time, officials said.
The 6-foot-9 Pittman, a senior forward from Covington, Ky., was the leading scorer on last season's team, with 16.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, and is the lone returning starting player this year.
Reporter Grant Traylor contributed to this report. Follow reporter Curtis Johnson via Twitter @curtisjohnsonHD and Traylor @GrantTraylor.
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