January 29, 2023

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Former NC State player arrested for stalking coach Dave Doeren

Former NC State player arrested for stalking coach Dave Doeren

A former NC State football player was arrested this week and charged with misdemeanor stalking and making threats against Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren, according to Wake County records.

The arrest came from a tweet sent by Joseph Politeple, 22, a member of the 2018 and 2019 NC State football teams, saying, “Imma promise him. Dave Doern and the rest.”

The school did not release a statement but confirmed that Boletepili was a member of the football program prior to moving to Maryland.

Politebli was also charged with resisting arrest, with investigators saying he walked away from officers who tried to handcuff him.

Boletepeli was arrested in Raleigh, North Carolina, and according to reports from WRAL, investigators said he was seen on several occasions near Doeren’s workplace and sent numerous text messages threatening Doeren and other employees. According to court records obtained by the News & Observer, Boletepeli acted in a manner “that would cause a reasonable person to suffer great psychological distress by placing that person in fear of death, bodily injury…or the safety of the person’s immediate family.”

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 candidate at Heritage High School in Raleigh, where he was coached by many former NC State greats, including Dewayne Washington and Torey Holt.

WRAL reported that the Boletepeli was launched on Friday with the Ankle Monitor System.

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