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Posted at 9:06 PM ET, 10/22/2010

Charles Smith shot; drugs found in house

By Terri Rupar

A man found shot in Bowie who was believed to be a former basketball star was identified Friday by Prince George's County police as Charles Smith, 42.

They said cocaine and evidence of a gambling operation were found in the house where Smith was found early Thursday. Law enforcement sources have said they believed the victim to be a former Georgetown University player.

Police said they executed a search warrant Friday at the house where Smith was found.
They said that he was shot in the upper body and was in critical but stable condition at a hospital.

-- Clarence Williams

By Terri Rupar  | October 22, 2010; 9:06 PM ET
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I rember him well, one of coach John Thompson's dirty little players. Would anyone know about " BIG JOHN" if it weren't for EWING???
Thompson did a great job with his "kids", and until pro's were allowed to compete in the olympics, was the only U.S.A coach to ever bring back a bronze medal!!!

Posted by: curtsterps | October 23, 2010 5:59 AM | Report abuse


Your statement is totally false. Charles Smith was mostly a bench player until his junior and senior years where he over achieved. He was never a dirty player. Did you also know that before Ewing came to GT, Thompson's teams went to the NCAA tournament. Every heard of Sleepy Floyd? Lastly, the Soviets beat us in the Olympics in 72. Please do some research.

Posted by: anthonyisblue | October 23, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse


Well said. Charles Smith was an overachiever. John recruiter him for his tenacity on D. Once John realized this kid could shot 3's, he unleased him and he became an All American. There was nothing dirty about his game, just a competitor that worked harder than others for what he accomplished. Also, here are some other names before Ewing: Craig Shelton, John "Bay Bay" Duren, Lonnie Duren, Eric Smith, Mike Hancock, Mike Riley (Charles reminded me of his game) and I can go on. God speed Charles.

Posted by: klspoogy | October 23, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

@anthonyisblue: "ernest" is technically correct. Thompson was the only coach to bring back a bronze medal. The '72 team won the SILVER AND they never even brought back the medals (under protest). Thompson did manage to make it to the tourney two times before Ewing came to Georgetown. I really liked Charles Smith. I thought he was a great player (Big East Player of the Year). There was really no one else on that team and he managed to take them to the elite 8. However, it does not surprise me that he was involved in these dealings. Thompson does take individuals from shady backgrounds and "tries" to turn around their lives. But some don't turn out so well. See Ernie Graham, Victor Page and now, Charles Smith.

Posted by: TerpFan4Life | October 23, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

coach thompson will find a way to blame whitey for all this.

Posted by: OldSalt8 | October 23, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

That was funny OldSalt8..... I used to go to his basketball camps every summer until my senior year in HS and I got the impression he did no like "whitey" .... I am not saying he is but it was the impression I got.

Posted by: rvanags | October 23, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Just another loser hoodrat!

Posted by: madmike272 | October 23, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

John Thompson put Georgetown basketball on the map. He also did many positives things for the University, his players, the Metro Police Boys and Girls Club and the community.

Although many media outlets portrayed his players as surly and thuggish they were in fact some of the nicest and most polite people you would come across on the GTOWN campus.

And Charles Smith was one of them.

Sad to see he was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Posted by: bushido11 | October 23, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

@TerpFan4Life: Ernie Graham played for MD and still holds the single game scoring record of 44 pts. You are referring to Michael Graham, who helped Georgetown win the NCAA title in 1984. How can a terp fan for life make such a mistake? LOL

Michael Graham and Victor Page didn't have the mental discipline to succeed at a scholl like GU. You can't even compare them to Charles Smith.

Posted by: CapitalCitySports | October 23, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

>>Although many media outlets portrayed >>his players as surly and thuggish they >>were in fact some of the nicest and most >>polite people you would come across on >>the GTOWN campus.
>>Posted by: bushido11 | October 23, 2010

Nothing sums that up like the infamous "Who wants to sex Mutombo?!?!" incident.;)

>>Sad to see he was at the wrong place at >>the wrong time.
>>Posted by: bushido11 | October 23, 2010

Um, wasn't he at his house?

The people who were in the proverbial wrong place at the wrong time were the people in Boston Smith killed - and for which he was convicted of vehicular homicide - back in the early 90s.

Posted by: mercedeskk | October 23, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

As is the case more often than not you've got your trailer park trash who've managed to sneak into a library(you know they don't have library cards!) and now they are blogging about a college program they know nothing about, Charles Smith went to St.Anthony's HS in DC, and he was an excellent guard at G'Town he played for the Celtic's until a deadly hit and run ruined his NBA career. John Thompson is by far the most sucessfull coach in DC area collegiate history, and NO! he doesn't hate white people he just refused to play games with the mostly white media when he coached at G'town, he didn't allow a mostly white media to dictate to him how his players were portrayed in the newspapers and i for one don't blame him. Charles Smith is an adult who made choices that have impacted his life in an obviously negative manner plain and simple, no need to drag Coach Thompson Sr. into this discussion.

Posted by: dargregmag | October 23, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Refreshing comment dargregmag, such a stark contrast to those little pathetic nuisance "trailor park types" that comment. Go Hoyas!

Posted by: Theone9 | October 23, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Ahem!! Meth lab found of Georgetown's campus! That campus is parasitic!! Charles learned it well, Where? You got it, Georgetown University! All that criminal activity on campus today, the people commenting have some nerve. Hahaha, Georgetown is an expensive joke!

Posted by: whatsreallygoingon | October 23, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

hmmmmmm, whatsreallygoingon sounds like a GW alum. lol....

Posted by: funkey | October 24, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Madmike, you are an idiot hater

Smitty and I are alumni of St. Anthony High, the very same St. Anthony High where Big John was once coach. Smitty was a gritty, hustle player who like others have said 'overachieved'. On a team with Wally Lancaster, Michael Best, Lawrence Jackson and others, Smitty would not have been the guy you figured for Georgetown, but he made it and did well.

Now he's had two major life changing incidents and because he's not some anonymous person, he's being judged in derogatory terms? Can any of the naysayers live up to the same public scrutiny that Smitty is now under?

Not apologizing for his irresponsible actions, just putting perspective on judging a man's life; could your own pass muster?

Posted by: kahlua87 | October 27, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

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