Posted: 4:11 pm Monday, July 30th, 2012
By Matt Porter
Update (11:08 a.m. Tuesday, July 31): In an email to the Post, a Virginia Tech spokesperson said Nicolas is still in school but suspended from the football team under school policy.
“His next appearance in court is currently scheduled for Aug. 30,” the spokesperson said. “If the felony charges were dropped or reduced to a misdemeanor at that time, he could be reinstated to the team. Under school policy, that decision will be in the hands of Director of Athletics Jim Weaver.”
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Atlantic alum Dadi Nicolas was suspended last month from Virginia Tech’s football team after he was arrested for stealing a bicycle.
Nicolas, who played defensive end at Atlantic under the name Wedley Estime, was arrested in June on felony second-degree grand larceny charges, The Washington Post reported. He was suspended from the Hokies indefinitely and is not currently listed on the team’s online roster.
The report said Nicolas, a redshirt freshman, could return to the Hokies if the charges were resolved or dropped following his July 13 arraignment. He would also need the approval of Athletic Director Jim Weaver.
Virginia Tech did not immediately respond to an email from The Palm Beach Post regarding Nicolas’ situation. Nicolas did not return a message from the Post.
A source close to Nicolas, former Atlantic defensive line coach Kelcey Brooks, believed Nicolas would return to the Hokies eventually. Since his legal issues are not settled — and that could take several months — is unclear if he would return this season, if at all.
In Virginia, grand larceny is defined as the theft of items worth $200 or more. According to The Washington Post, court records maintain Nicolas stole something worth more than that amount.
If the felony charge is upheld, Nicolas could face between one and twenty years in prison, or at the discretion of the jury or court trying the case without a jury, he could face less than 12 months in prison and/or a fine of less than $2,500.
Nicolas, who is listed at 6-foot-2 and 223 pounds, did not play last season and ended the spring in the mix for playing time at defensive end. He is considered a raw prospect — he played one year of varsity football at Atlantic High — but Virginia Tech coaches reportedly raved about his athleticism.
Nicolas, who legally changed his name after high school, had 70 tackles, 11 sacks, four forced fumbles and two pass breakups his senior year at Atlantic. He was a Palm Beach Post All-Area honorable mention selection.