By JOEL COLEMAN
Former Mississippi State running back Josh Robinson was issued a citation for trespassing on campus Tuesday night and set off a social media firestorm in the process.
According to university police, MSU track and field coordinator Daniel Schmidt saw a running vehicle on the track and called the situation in. Police then arrived at the scene and ticketed Robinson.
During the process, Robinson took to numerous social media outlets and blamed MSU head football coach Dan Mullen for the incident.
“My head coach, who I thought always had my back and we are family called the police for trespassing,” Robinson Tweeted. “I am very hurt by this…but most of all disrespected as a former MSU Bulldog.”
On Wednesday, Mississippi State disputed Robinson’s claims.
“(Tuesday) night at 9:10 p.m., a member of our track staff saw a car parked on the track and called campus police to report it,” MSU said in a school statement. “The police came and issued a citation to someone who turned out to be Josh Robinson. Former MSU student-athletes often use our facilities as they prepare for pro opportunities, but typically coordinate that use with department staff to prevent these type of situations.”
This is Robinson’s second run-in with local law enforcement officials in recent weeks. On July 23, Robinson was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge at Aspen Heights, an apartment complex near the Mississippi State campus. Robinson was then released on bond.
Robinson’s football career has stalled since leaving MSU. After foregoing his senior season, Robinson entered the 2015 National Football League Draft where he was selected in the sixth round by the Indianapolis Colts. Robinson played in five games for the Colts, rushing 17 times for 39 yards. Indianapolis waived Robinson by mid-November before signing him to their practice squad.
Currently, Robinson is a free agent.