Ex-NC State player arrested for stalking Doeren

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Former NC State defensive lineman Joseph Boletepeli has been arrested and faces charges of stalking and threatening Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren.

Ex-NC State player arrested for stalking coach Dave Doeren 11:39 AM ET David M. HaleESPN Staff Writer Close ACC reporter. Joined ESPN in 2012. Graduate of the University of Delaware. A former NC State football player was arrested this week and charged with misdemeanor stalking and communicating threats to Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren, according to Wake County records. The arrest stems from a tweet reportedly sent by Joseph Boletepeli, 22, a member of the 2018 and 2019 NC State football teams, saying, "Imma get him I promise. Dave Doeren and the rest." The school has not released a statement but confirmed Boletepeli was a member of the football program before transferring to Maryland . Boletepeli was also charged with resisting arrest, with investigators saying he pulled away from officers who attempted to handcuff him. Editor's Picks Boletepeli was arrested in Raleigh and, according to reports from WRAL, investigators said he was seen on several occasions near Doeren's place of work and had sent numerous text messages threatening Doeren and other staff members. According to court records obtained by the News & Observer, Boletepeli behaved in a way that "would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress by placing that person in fear of death, bodily injury ... or the safety of the person's immediate family." The arrest comes just days after five people, including four Virginia football players, were shot by a former Cavaliers player . Three of those players -- Lavel Davis Jr ., D'Sean Perry and Devin Chandler were killed. The alleged shooter, Christopher Jones, was a walk-on at Virginia in 2018 but never played for the team. Boletepeli, a defensive lineman, appeared in nine games over two seasons with the Wolfpack making 13 tackles. He transferred to Maryland for the 2020 season and played in five games with one start, according to the Terrapins' website. Boletepeli was a three-star prospect at Heritage High School in Raleigh, where he was coached by several former NC State greats, including Dewayne Washington and Torry Holt. WRAL reported Boletepeli was released Friday with an ankle monitoring system.