Ex-Tiger charged with felony

Tuesday, May 3, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:30 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 30, 2008

For former Missouri basketball player Jeffrey Ferguson, the prospects of continuing a basketball career received a blow early Saturday morning.

Ferguson was arrested around 2 a.m. Saturday and charged with unlawful use of a weapon, a felony, and three misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault.

Ferguson, a 6-foot-11 center, announced April 22 he was leaving Missouri to pursue professional opportunities or transfer schools.

Columbia Police Capt. Zim Schwartze said officers were called to Campus View Apartments after receiving several phone calls reporting a man with a gun.

After arriving, Schwartze said officers talked with several people in the area who said Ferguson had been yelling and waiving a gun around and appeared intoxicated.

Schwartze said Ferguson had hosted a party Friday night and one arrest had been made there. He also said Ferguson allowed police to search his apartment Saturday morning.

“We were not able to find any type of weapon,” Schwartze said. “Witness described the weapon as a silver handgun.”

Schwartze said acquaintances of Ferguson said he had BB guns and the search of Ferguson’s room turned up several BB gun cartridges.

Ferguson’s bond was set at $5,000 for the weapons charge and $1,500 for the assault charge.

He was held at Boone County Jail until a female friend posted his bail around 5 p.m. Monday.

Ferguson, who came to Missouri in 2001, played in four games for the Tigers last season, averaging 2.8 points and 2.5 rebounds.

— Brandon Hoops

ROCK BRIDGE SOCCER: Bruins Junior Karissa Nedoma had a hat trick in the Bruins’ 7-0 triumph at Smith-Cotton.

Claire Schaeperkoetter had two goals and Erin Bucko and Rachel Mends also scored for Rock Bridge (10-5-0).

The shutout went to Amy Chesshire, who replaced starting goalkeeper Ashley Dressler, who was sidelined by a sore back.

HICKMAN TENNIS: The Kewpies swept host Mexico 9-0.

Nate Bohon won No. 1 singles and combined with Omeed Latifi to win No.1 doubles.

BRADY EYES POLITICS: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he’d consider a post-football career in politics because he wants to “inspire people to do more.”

Brady attended the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on Saturday night, and told ABC’s “This Week,” which aired Sunday, that politics could provide him leadership opportunities.

“The things that I feel are fulfilling for me are beyond, you know, throwing a football,” the two-time Super Bowl MVP said. “It’s making an influence in people’s lives. If that’s politics, that’s politics.”

Brady, 27, has led the Patriots to three Super Bowl titles in the last four seasons.

“Whatever I’ve chosen to do in my athletic career and hopefully in my post-athletic career, I’m going to want to inspire people to do more, to encourage them to be better people, to be better Americans, to be better representatives of this great country that we live in,” he said.

The native Californian hasn’t publicly discussed his political leanings. He was a guest of President Bush and Laura Bush in her VIP box during the State of the Union speech in 2004.

At Saturday’s dinner, news organizations hosted celebrities and sports stars, including Brady, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, Goldie Hawn, LL Cool J, Richard Gere and Jane Fonda.

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