Sean Sutton, Oklahoma State Coach, Arrested on Drug Complaints
Sean Sutton, former Oklahoma State University Basketball coach, was arrested on a drug complaint Thursday night in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Sutton has been in contact with drug agents since August 2009 after agents received a tip that that Sutton was going across state borders to multiple doctors to illegally acquire painkillers.
Sutton was detained sometime around 5 p.m. after hutton went out of state to pick up a parcel of painkillers from a local shipping company, according to Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics spokesman Mark Woodward.
Woodward stated that Sutton admitted to drug agents that he is addicted to painkillers after the agency intercepted the shipment. In August 2009 agents received a tip that the former OSU coach had been illegally buying painkillers from dealers in Seattle and Brooklyn.
Sutton dodged drug charges in August when he enrolled in a rehabilitation program for his painkiller addiction. After Sutton lost touch with agents last month he began to have withdrawls.
The Payne County District Attorney, Robert Hudson, confirmed he will be filing four felony charges against Sutton for Thursday's out-of-state pickup as well as for using his cell phone to commit a felony.
Hudson stated that Sutton is expected to post his $10,000 bond today and then immediately
enter rehab, where he will remain until his arraignment.
OSU issued a statement saying, "we are saddened by this news and our thoughts are with Sean and his family."
Sutton replaced his father , legendary Oklahoma State basketball coach, Eddie Sutton in 2006 when his father retired after he slipped back into alcoholism. He was fired in 2008 over his two unsuccessful seasons as OSU's basketball coach.