Ex-NC State Player Faces Misdemeanor Charges For Allegedly Threatening Head Coach Dave Doeren

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A 22-year-old named Joseph Boletepeli is reportedly facing charges for allegedly threatening violence against his former college head coach Dave Doeren. Boletepeli is accused of sending hostile threats to both Doeren and his staff employees multiple times, including over social media via Twitter post. In addition to the text messages, Boletepeli allegedly said on Twitter “Imma get him I promise. Dave Doeren and the rest.”

Additionally, Boletepeli has also been charged with resisting arrest for allegedly attempting to escape being handcuffed and taken into custody. Court records said that the suspect’s behavior allegedly “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 former Wolfpack player has not only been released on a bond worth $25,000, but is also ordered to maintain a distance from the school and Doeren. Boletepeli is currently on house arrest. Doeren is the former head coach of the Northern Illinois Huskies, and also has experience as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin, University of Kansas, University of Montana, and University of Southern California. He played college football at Drake University, where he held his first assistant coaching position.

Boletepeli was a former Wolfpack defensive-end player in the 2018 and 2019 seasons. During that time, the player appeared in nine total games and netted 13 total tackles. Boletepeli soon entered the transfer portal, and made the switch to Maryland in 2020. However, the defensive end didn’t stay long. He has entered the transfer portal three different times since 2020. His most recent entry into the portal was May 16, 2022.

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