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Wolfe forced to sit over traffic tickets

The Baltimore Sun

Roderick Wolfe's spate of traffic violations finally caught up with him. Morgan State's talented wide receiver missed yesterday's game against Winston-Salem State when he was picked up on a warrant for failure to appear in court in July.

Morgan coach Donald Hill-Eley said after the 19-17 loss that Wolfe was taken to Central Booking but was expected to be released as soon as today.

Wolfe has outstanding fines of more than $500 for traffic violations that include driving on a learner's permit without supervision and driving a vehicle that was uninsured.

He had a court date July 13 but failed to appear.

Hill-Eley said last night that a subpoena for Wolfe was sent to a previous campus address Tuesday. "He didn't know about it," the coach said. "All he needed to do was write a letter and take it to the Wabash district court [to address the warrant]. It's [not] taking care of business."

Wolfe, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound player, lost both his parents to HIV before he was 20, and was homeless during his senior year at Edmondson High School. But he has scripted a remarkable success story as a player and as a person since then, which was profiled in a front-page article Friday in The Sun. He is on schedule to graduate from Morgan in May.

Wolfe has had brushes with the law since arriving at Morgan in 2003. Charges for marijuana possession were dropped, but Wolfe continued to get citations for driving his 1988 Lincoln without a license and without tags or insurance.

"It's so ironic," Hill-Eley said. "The kid gets a little sun to shine on him, and then the clouds come right back on him. But he'll be OK."

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