Cortez Smith arrested

Here’s the story from cops reporter Marcela Creps;

An Indiana University football player was arrested Thursday on preliminary charges related to a strong-arm robbery reported Wednesday night.

Courtney “Cortez” Alan Smith, 18, faces preliminary charges of robbery and burglary, both B-felonies. Lazell C. McClellon, 19, faces preliminary charges of robbery, burglary, false informing, battery on a police officer and resisting law enforcement.

Smith is a freshman cornerback for the IU Hoosiers.

Bloomington police were called just after 7 p.m. to the 500 block of Muller Parkway where two residents reported being robbed by two unknown assailants.

According to the police report, a friend had come to visit the two residents. Soon after he arrived, there was a knock at the door. Police said one of the residents answered the door and was immediately punched by a man standing at the door dressed all in black. The man then ordered everyone in the home to get on the ground.

A second male entered the home, also dressed in black. The first suspect went towards a back bedroom where one of the residents was exiting. The suspect punched the resident and ordered him back into the bedroom, police said.

The two men, later identified as Smith and McClellon, went through the residence. Taken items included wallets, cell phones, an Xbox and marijuana. During the crime, the two residents told police their visitor crawled to the front door and shut it. The roommates told police they thought it was odd since their visitor was 6-foot-7 and weighs over 300 pounds. Police interviewed the visitor who led authorities to Smith and McClellon.

The two suspects were found in an apartment in the same complex where the crime occurred. The resident allowed police to search the home. During the search, police found two wallets, IDs and other items belonging to the two victims. Police also found clothing worn by the suspects including a mask that covers the lower part of the face and a black hoodie.

When police attempted to arrest McClellon, he fought with officers as they attempted to cuff him. Police said he also gave many false names, later admitting he has four open drug cases in Detroit, Mich.

Both men were taken to the Monroe County Jail.

Smith was one of Indiana’s top recruits in the 2008 class. He redshirted this year and played cornerback on the scout team.

Indiana football spokesman Jeff Keag issued the following statement: “We are aware of the situation and take this matter very seriously.”

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  • Mike P. says:

    He has 4 pending drug cases in Michigan? Do they background check or drug screen these kids at all?

    And the saga continues……..

  • WK says:

    Are both on the team or just Smith? The Michigan cases are the other guy’s.

  • Mike P. says:

    Thanks WK, I read it wrong.

  • Jimmy says:

    Bye bye, Cortez.

    Mike, the Michigan charges are related to McClellon, not Cortez Smith.

  • Mike P. says:

    There is not a McClellon listed on the roster.

  • Mike P. says:

    Yeah Jimmy, I already admitted I read it wrong, see the post above yours.

  • “The roommates told police they thought it was odd since their visitor was 6-foot-7 and weighs over 300 pounds”

    I may not be Columbo, but the visitor sure sounds like he could also be a football player. 6’7″ 300+ lbs.?

    1st reefer madness, now strong-armed burglary. Merry Christmas, Hoosiers.

    Welcome to 17th St., Mr. Glass!

  • Peegs Sucks says:

    Was he originally a Sampson recruit?

  • Kyle says:

    Just ridiculous.

    I guess he didn’t need to study for his final exams…..

  • Mike P. says:


    I have to agree, something with that guy just doesn’t set right in this story.

  • WK says:

    Yeah, it is rediculous and monitoring the conduct of scholarship athletes at IU needs to be added to the ever increasing list of “to do(s)” for the athletic department if we ever hope to turn things around.

  • peegs_anti_reverse_pick_pocket says:

    lucky he didnt go into an armed house, they could be dead

  • ManhattanKyle says:

    What is the saying…you can take a kid out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the kid.

  • El Duderino says:

    Did anyone else find it odd that the victims reported their marijuana stolen?

  • ManhattanKyle says:

    What have we learned about kids form Detroit…just in the last few hours?

  • pegscensornazi says:

    not the brightest kids all the way around. thieves and druggies. nice what IU is producing these days. lets hope we are done with our share of legal problem kids. when is lynch going to boot this kid? should have been done already. nice news for the program on top of losing another recruit.

  • Jake says:

    Someone needs to really look into what is going on with this Detroit thing. Being a student here this isn’t just hearsay, I lived on either side of some questionable characters all from Detroit, who where involved in shootings and big drug busts. Certain F-ball players are also indebted to some of them as well as some of the guys from last years basketball team. There was also a big dust up with some football guys last year at an apartment complex in town that involved automatic weapons being pulled, but that won’t see the light of day until ESPN reports it. I can’t wait until it’s reported about AB taking b hits at a massive party or certain guys taking swipes at guys and girls while high off their butt. I’ll just laugh when it comes out and say “remember when”

  • IU06' says:

    cut his &!$!!!

  • ww says:

    Reminds me of the Corso era.

  • Mike P says:

    If we had a coach that took us to a bowl game this year, they would still be practicing everyday and too tired to commit these kind of crimes.

    You know the old saying about idol hands.

  • Sallad says:

    Mike P, I don’t know any saying about “idol hands.” Does it have something to do with Paula Abdul?

    Idle hands, however, are the devil’s workshop, as we all know.

  • Mike P says:


    Thanks, I thought I used the wrong word, but then decided, screw it, someone will fix it!

  • Steve O says:

    Looks like Lynch has about as much control over his players as Sampson..

  • Nate Wilson says:

    My guess is that Lynch will cut him loose, meaning he has control of the team.

  • Steve O says:

    You are absolutely right, Nate, he just doesn’t have any control over them ON THE FIELD!!! My bad.

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