Shai McKenzie charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor

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Shai McKenzie and another Virginia Tech student are in trouble with the law. Per Cameron Austin of the Roanoke Times, McKenzie has been charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

McKenzie (19) and Devin Gavion (18) were both under investigation for carnal knowledge of a child between 13 and 15, according to the report by Austin. Gavion has been charged with one count of felony carnal knowledge and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

However, the report doesn’t mention McKenzie as being charged with carnal knowledge. Instead, he has been charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, which are both Class 1 misdemeanors, which are punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine up to $2,500.

McKenzie had a promising freshman season, running for 269 yards and three touchdowns on 53 carries. However, he tore his ACL against Western Michigan and was lost for the season.

According to this Tweet by Andy Bitter, McKenzie has been indefinitely suspended from all team activities.

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  1. How do any students, athletes or not, even talk to 13-15 year old girls at VT? How does that even happen?

  2. When I was 20, I was at a pool party in Norfolk, about 50 people there. There was a cutie there in a bikini, and her appearance gave no indication that she was anything but about my age. And she was very interested in me. She was partaking in the alcohol and sat in my lap. A mutual friend came over and whispered in my ear that she’s “a lot younger than she looks “. I asked her how old she was and she said 18. But I was spooked and moved on. I found out later she was 16. I wouldn’t have thought twice about her age if someone hadn’t warned me. We need to hold off judging Shai.

  3. The rush to judgement be some people on this forum bugs me. Let all the facts come out first before you make judgement.

    1. My #was 22 when I played, so I always look at the way the players run that have #22 on their uniform. I was impressed with the way Mckenzie ran. I feel very sorry for the position he has put himself in if it is true and I hope the coach will impress upon the new team members the problems that can arise from partying.
      My hope is he can return to the team.

  4. Must have been some hellacious conversations. Nineteen year old jock and 14 year old children.

  5. Well I guess that settles the question of if he will be gtg versus OSU. He should just be grateful that thinking with his little head didn’t catch him a sex offense. I mean you’re a star athlete on a college campus full of eligible, willing and legal ladies…WTH?

  6. All right, everyone, let’s just cool it here. We do not know the facts. If he were your son, you would be very upset about this rush to judgment. let’s sit back and see what develops.

    1. Yeah just don’t pull a Michael Holmes Mother.

      Jesus that was one episode of drama definitely NOT worth repeating…

    2. If he was my son I would be kicking his a** for even being in that position, guilty or not. Just STUPID.

  7. I hope this will turn out to be less than what is currently meeting the eye. But if not I feel VT needs to come down hard which is unfortunate and maybe even different than in years before. But this type of crime is squarely in the public’s eye right now and I feel VT has little wiggle room here.

    However if this ends up being a misdemeanor then we have some room for judgment and punishment. Perhaps a suspension would be in order. But I have confidence Whit Babcock, along with Frank Beamer, will give every party an opportunity to be heard and make the right call in the end.

  8. I just don’t get it….innocent until proven guilty of course, but with the great future potential of shai, what in the world would motivate him to be involved with something as STOOPID as this? U wonder what goes through their minds? Obviously, not too much…so freaking sad.

        1. It was a much different world a decade ago. With all the recent domestic violence in the media, much of it involving professional athletes, this won’t go the same if it is proven to be true. Is it unfair, don’t know. I think Marcus and Imoh were coddled and lucky.

    1. Definitely not smart, but after seeing some of the girls that go to high school with my stepson, it is believable that the girls told the boys they were 18. Doesn’t excuse it, but it could have been unknown by the two boys that the girls were actually underage.

      1. On social media? I don’t think so. I’m pretty sure you can figure out where they go to school and how old they are in like 2 seconds…

        1. Again, going off of my stepson’s history. He has multiple twitter accounts. He met his current girl a couple years ago and it turns out they were both lying about their age. He said he was a college junior (actually HS Jr) and she said she was a HS Sr (actually HS Fr). They didn’t find out the truth until dating over a month (past the point of performing criminal acts, unbeknownst to him). Again, not condoning what was done, but it isn’t hard for a 15-yr old girl to fake a social media account and look like she was 18. I didn’t use to be that hard…if she was in a bar, then she was fair game. Then again, I had a fake ID to get into the bar….

          1. No doubt. But when you get to their house and you can’t tell you are with 14-15 YO’s I don’t know man…

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