These are troubling times in the life of BYU football recruit Charles West. One day, he’s plying his trade and training for his collegiate debut. The next he’s been shot, stumbling around after being the victim in a run-by shooting.
Here’s how the Dallas Morning News, which has covered West throughout his scholastic career as the star running back at Coppell, reported the news of West’s disturbing setback. It sure sounds like he was a target:
Charles West, 18, was at Coppell Middle School East in the 400 block of Mockingbird Lane with several people to play basketball when a man walked up and shot him in upper left arm, Coppell Sgt. Sammy Lujan said.
West ran about half a mile away before being transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital.
He was treated and released Sunday night. Lujan said it’s unclear whether West was the intended target.
Why would West be an intended target, you ask? That’s all related to his own arrest on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, related to accusations that he raped a local woman at knifepoint in her garage. The catalyst behind that incident was West’s booking of an escort to fulfill “foot fetish” requests, which West has acknowledged to requesting.
You can see video of the frightening shooting right here, from Dallas’ D Magazine.
In a certain sense, it shouldn’t even matter if West is guilty or not for BYU’s needs; he’s already admitted to requesting an escort for a foot fetish service, a far cry from the total abstinence that is required of all students during their time on campus in Provo.
So what will become of West? First, he has to heal. Then he has to escape charges, and do so cleanly enough that he doesn’t necessarily engender antipathy from the BYU faithful. Pull that off, and the former Coppell running back may still have a future at BYU. Fall short and he will more likely be ticketed for a community college field near you.