Former Illini Paul weighs in on brother's arrest

By Aaron Bennett |

Published 04/24 2014 04:55PM

Updated 04/25 2014 09:32AM

CHAMPAIGN -- Fomer Illini Brandon Paul took to Twitter Thursday afternoon to weigh in on his brother, Darius', recent arrest.

"I understand my brother shouldn't have been out late drinking," Paul tweeted from @BP3. "Let's not forget it's a college campus. What underage kid isn't out past curfew drinking? No excuses, there will be consequences for his actions."

Paul even suggested his brother may have been targeted by police.

"I understand law enforcement must do their jobs, but their jobs don't entail them to follow someone & then pursue them for no reason," Paul tweeted. "Why did they feel the need to stop him in the first place? Reports say he 'acted suspicious' & 'appeared to be trying to avoid contact with police.' Even if true, I don't know many kids (inebriated or not) that wouldn't try to avoid contact with police.(Some) of these cops look for reasons to get into these types of situations and it's not right."

About an hour after his original tweets, Paul clarified his comments.

"4 amazing years at UI & I had a great relationship w/law enforcement," Paul tweeted. "Met a lot of well respected police officers. Sometimes there were people that didn't necessarily like us athletes & I've spoken w/many cops that went out of their way to make sure we were ok & out of trouble. Unfortunately not everyone has our best interests at heart. Please don't put words in my mouth or assume, all I'm saying is from reports it didn't look like there was much reasoning for my brother to be stopped. He shouldn't have tried to evade them, but obviously he wasn't thinking straight, hopefully we can move on & talk about more important things, like making it so chipotle delivers."

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