Correction: This story has been modified from its original version. — This story has been modified from its original version. It was updated at 11:19 p.m. with with new information.
Virginia Tech wide receiver Ike Whitaker was arrested on public intoxication charges after blowing a .33 Blood Alcohol level early Friday, Oct. 3, outside Oge Chi's dance club. Officer Sedrick Hayes, of the bicycle mounted unit, made the arrest said Sgt. Nathan O'Dell. Whitaker appeared to be in the midst of a verbal altercation when Officer Hayes intervened and noticed Whitaker had slurred speech, glassy red eyes, and appeared to be intoxicated, said O'Dell.
Whitaker, who was recently suspended by head coach Frank Beamer, said he is still on scholarship and will finish out classes to complete his degree. The hearing for Whitaker's case is scheduled for Nov. 6 at the Montgomery General District Court in Blacksburg.
After being released on his own recognizance Friday morning, Whitaker's parents drove down from Germantown, Md., and picked him up that afternoon. He has since spent the weekend relaxing with his family at home and plans to come back to Blacksburg today or Wednesday.
Last Wednesday, Whitaker sat down with Beamer and learned he would be indefinitely suspended for missing a morning meeting. Beamer then told Whitaker he should transfer to play his final year of eligibility at another school.
"He said 'best thing for you to do is finish your degree and look to transfer,'" Whitaker said.
Whitaker left the meeting with Beamer in a tailspin. The following Thursday night Whitaker went downtown to Oge Chi's on Draper Road to let out some steam and have fun with some friends after the week's tumultuous events. He wasn't looking to get in to any trouble, he said, but he ended the night in handcuffs.
"Half the reason I was down there is because I was suspended. And I feel like I wasn't supposed to get suspended," Whitaker said. "I'm not selling drugs, shooting nobody, killing nobody, carrying guns; I'm not doing any of that. And for me to get suspended for missing a meeting is crazy."
Whitaker said the Blacksburg policemen who arrested him, including Officer Hayes, who was listed on the arrest record, knew he had been suspended.
"I don't think I was being wild (or) rude to anybody downtown," Whitaker said. "But I knew the cops know I was suspended. They were talking about it. I was talking to the cops, explaining to them how hurt I was that I had been suspended ... So I'm explaining to the cop that honestly I'm mad, I'm frustrated and the way I dealt with it was going downtown with some of my friends and trying to enjoy myself as much as possible. And then I got a drunk in public."
Whitaker has had trouble with alcohol in the past. Whitaker was arrested previously for public swearing/intoxication charges on March 1, 2006. He pleaded no contest, and was ordered to attend alcohol awareness classes, perform 25 hours of community service and pay Virginia Tech $420 for damaging a window.
In December 2006 Whitaker entered alcohol rehabilitation at the Mount Regis Center in Salem, Va. He missed the Chick-Fil-A Bowl that year while undergoing therapy at the rehab clinic.
Whitaker said he felt his punishment does not fit the missed meeting crime. Regardless, he said he blames only himself for his most recent arrest, but is holding out hope that after receiving his degree -- and transferring -- his horizons may begin to brighten.
"I thought, if anything, I'll have to do up-downs after practice but then I find out I'm suspended," Whitaker said. "There are multiple people who miss multiple meetings who are still on the team. And I just don't think from that standpoint I was treated fairly, I don't. And everybody is different, and everybody has different situations and I understand that. But suspending a young kid for missing a meeting I don't agree with, I just don't. It definitely sucks ... I hope it all works out. I know everything happens for a reason."