Allen makes initial appearance, Wilson talks on radio #iufb

A phalanx of supporters huddled around former Indiana University football player Antonio Allen on Friday afternoon, shielding him from cameras and prying eyes as he walked out of his initial appearance in Monroe Circuit Court.

Allen appeared in court to face a revised set of charges from the prosecutor’s office related to his alleged drug deals with an Indiana State Police informant. Those charges include dealing a narcotic drug between five and 10 grams, dealing methamphetamine between one and five grams, and dealing methamphetamine between five and 10 grams.

Filed separately are charges of dealing cocaine of 10 or more grams, dealing a narcotic drug of 10 or more grams — both Level 2 felonies, which carry a penalty of 10 to 30 years in prison if convicted — and maintaining a common nuisance.

Allen wore a white collared shirt and a striped tie, dark jeans and white tennis shoes to the hearing, declining to speak with reporters outside the courtroom. During the hearing, Allen only spoke to acknowledge the charges. Afterward, he was quickly whisked away by a group of approximately 15-20 supporters and led into a cream-colored SUV with tinted windows.

Allen’s next hearing is scheduled for Aug. 13 at 2 p.m.

A probable cause affidavit related to Allen’s case details two recorded drug transactions Allen made with an informant. According to the affidavit, Allen can be seen on video counting money, weighing heroin and methamphetamine on a scale and handing the drugs to the informant. A search of a residence in the 400 block of East 19th Street turned up cocaine, a handgun and $920 cash matching serial numbers used in the two controlled buys with the informant, according to the affidavit.

Earlier Friday, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson appeared on SiriusXM radio to make his first public comments since Allen’s arrest Tuesday. Host Jack Arute did not ask Wilson directly about Allen’s arrest, asking instead how Indiana will replace the production of Allen — IU’s leading tackler in 2014.

In a fractured response, Wilson said his thoughts quickly turned to the team.

“It’s a difficult situation and something that we’ve got to deal with,” Wilson said. “… Immediately our thoughts are — not necessarily to the production of Antonio, but as a football team — how can we continue to grow and be stronger, to be better teammates? … Maybe our guys tried to help and he didn’t want help. … I immediately took it, outside of dealing with Antonio and trying to support him, but moving forward and doing what’s right with the program and university guidelines and rules. How do we make this a better and stronger team?”

Meanwhile, Allen’s former Indiana teammates offered support on social media. Linebacker Dawson Fletcher tweeted a picture of Allen in an IU uniform, writing that Allen will always be family. That tweet was favorited and shared by a handful of Hoosiers.

“We’re taking this situation with Antonio with our team to make sure we start being not just a buddy and a pal, but let’s start being a friend and a teammate and start doing things stronger as a group across the board,” Wilson said on the radio. “Not just with his situation, but class attendance and treating people (well). We have a bunch of good kids. We love where we’re at, don’t like this situation, but we didn’t talk about replacing Antonio. We talked about getting this team stronger because it has been our best group outside of this situation.”

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