The University of Miami football players have cleaned up their act in a big way, but every once in a while another of the school's sports' athletes keep the "Thug U" image alive. Last night, 19-year-old Frankie Ratcliff, a freshman on the school's storied baseball program was arrested for trying to sell marijuana to undercover cops on campus. Once they searched his apartment they also found steroids.
Ratcliff was arrested last night around 9 p.m. after trying to sell the drugs to undercover cops. Apparently, he was offering 21 grams for $220. He signed a consent form allowing police to search his apartment. There police found more pot, totaling 101 grams, and 19 vials of steroids.
Ratcliff now faces charges of possession with the intent to sell within one thousand feet of a school, possession of more than 20 grams of cannabis and possession of a controlled substance, and is being held on $20,000 bond.
Ratcliff is a freshman at Miami and was a stand out player at Key West High School.
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While the University of Miami baseball program has been almost as successful on the field as their football counterparts, winning four national championships, the team's off-the-field legal problems have never been as out of control as the football team.
Of course, the football program has cleaned up its act since the "Thug U" days, with the last arrest of a football player coming in 2007 when Robert Marve was arrested for punching a car's mirror. Marve later transferred and made his debut as quarterback for Purdue last weekend.
The last high-profile arrest of a UM player came when Basketball star Eddie Rios faced grand theft charges back in early 2009.