Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Augusta, Ga--It was nine months ago when GRU Augusta basketball player Harold Doby had his life turned upside down. He went from being a star on the court, to being under arrest, charged with having a gun on campus in his apartment. Earlier this summer, the charges were dropped as it was deemed the gun wasn't his.
Now Doby is back on the court for the Jags and ready to lead them during his senior season. Needless to say, he's a changed guy and learned some valuable life lessons. Usually an upbeat kid, Doby was at a pretty low point in his life when the gun was found.
"It was one of the biggest shocks of my life" said Harold Doby "When I saw that (the gun), it was like a heart dropping moment. That was like the only time I really had a down moment. But once I got in and thought about it and they did all what they were suppose to do and investigate, I just knew it was going to be a positive outcome on the situation."
All along Doby was prepared to fight the charge and maintain his innocence. Coach Dip Metress and many in the program were willing to go to bat for Doby seeing they know what kind of guy he is. There was a point when Metress had told Harold he'd help him get into another program if he wanted to, Doby wasn't running.
The easiest thing to do is run from a problem" said Doby "That's taking the easy way out. And I felt like if I had ran and went somewhere else, people would have been like I was guilty the whole time and I was just running away from my problems and that's something I didn't want to do."
Doby admits the only thing he would do differently is hang out with some better company. He also says going through the legal process like he has, has made him a better person doesn't take things for granted. He wants to give back to the community that's supported him since his playing days at Laney.