Virginia Tech LB Lyndell Gibson charged with DWI
Virginia Tech linebacker Lyndell Gibson is facing a misdemeanor DWI charge stemming from a Feb. 5 incident, according to Montgomery County (Va.) General District court records. The redshirt sophomore is due to appear in court on April 27.
"We are handling this matter internally," Athletic Director Jim Weaver said in a statement. "As mandated through University Policy 1035, I am currently conducting a review process."
University Policy 1035 states that any Virginia Tech student-athlete who is charged with a misdemeanor is subject to a review of the charges and surrounding circumstances by the athletic department. If Gibson is found guilty of DWI, "sanctions for misdemeanors may be delegated as the Director of Athletics sees fit."
This, though, isn't the Virginia Beach native's first brush with the law since arriving on campus. In 2008, as a true freshman, Gibson received a misdemeanor charge of unlawful purchase or possession of alcohol. He was given 12 months of unsupervised probation as a result.
Then, in March 2009, Gibson and three other teammates -- wide receivers Marcus Davis and Xavier Boyce and defensive tackle Joe Jones -- were charged with felony grand larceny, misdemeanor petit larceny and two counts of misdemeanor intentional property damage stemming from a December 2008 incident in which they allegedly stole two bicycles from two female Virginia Tech students.
A Montgomery County General District Court prosecutor decided not to pursue the felony charge, and instead all four were convicted of interfering with property rights, a misdemeanor. Gibson had to pay a $500 fine and complete some community service. He was also forced to sit out for most of spring practice that year.
Gibson, 20, started every game this season except the Orange Bowl, finishing with 66 tackles and two sacks. He broke his shoulder blade during the ACC championship game, and underwent offseason surgery on the injury. It was unlikely he would have been healthy enough to participate when spring practice begins next month.
| February 25, 2011; 1:56 PM ET
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