Jeff Kolpack, Published August 24 2012
Former NDSU player Jemison chargedFARGO – The father of former North Dakota State linebacker Brandon Jemison said the incident that led to his son being dismissed from the football team was a “wardrobe malfunction” at a local mall.
The incident prompted prosecutors to file a Class A misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure against Jemison in Cass County District Court this afternoon.
Chad Desjarlais said his son told him he went to West Acres mall to study on a day the Bison did not have a team workout. While there, Desjarlais said, Jemison realized he had a hole in his shorts and moved to a more discrete area to try and fix it.
That’s when the reported incident happened, Desjarlais said.
“A lady saw him and then reported it to the mall I believe and called the police,” he said. “It was a wardrobe malfunction to tell you the truth. My son was not out there doing something inappropriate.”
Desjarlais, who played football for NDSU in 1992 and 1993, said Jemison has been “an exceptional kid” and has never caused any problems.
“People have to understand he’s a high profile athlete and that usually makes a difference in these cases,” Desjarlais said. “Even though there’s a negative situation going on, there’s a positive in my son.”
Desjarlais said he wants to make sure the incident doesn’t get blown out of proportion as a “higher level sex crime that could possibly get him registered as a sex offender.”
“Which is ridiculous and that’s what I want the public to know,” he said. “How many times have we had a wardrobe malfunction?”
An avid weight lifter, he cited an instance that happened to him once. While doing a squat lift, he said his “squat suit” blew out on him.
“Somebody could have said the same thing about me,” he said. “Sagging pants and girls wearing inappropriate stuff, you see it every day. So it’s kind of a ridiculous claim. People make mistakes and he should have made the decision to go home or go somewhere private but at the time, he didn’t make that decision.”
Check back for an update on this developing story.