Friday, February 24, 2012

Former Vol player reportedly used scholarship funds as seed money for his drug business

Middle Tennessee OL Preston Bailey used scholarship money to fund his drug business
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While the NCAA continues to tweak its proposal to give some student-athletes an extra $2,000 for bills, some players are already finding ways to use their scholarship money to pay for those excess necessities - like scales, baggies and a vaporizer.

Middle Tennessee offensive lineman Preston Bailey did just that as he used his medical scholarship as startup for his budding drug business (pun intended).

Bailey was arrested Feb. 16 and charged with possession of a schedule VI drug with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers found nearly a pound of marijuana - 27.9 grams in a plastic bag in his dirty clothes hamper, five glass jars weighing 322.5 grams and another 6.2 grams of hash - and $3,000 in cash. Police also found scales, a grinder and a vaporizer.

Murfreesboro Police spokesman Kyle Evans told the Daily News Journal that Bailey told police he, "used his scholarship money as startup money for his illegal drug sales business."

Bailey joined the Blue Raiders in 2009 after transferring from Tennessee, where he originally signed with Phillip Fulmer’s last recruiting class.

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