It has been a wild ride for Virginia Tech Football player Isimemen Etute. The student had a hookup go terribly wrong in April of 2021 and ended in the passing of the “young lady” he thought he was entertaining that evening. The wild road to redemption has been making headlines ever since. Despite being acquitted earlier this year, Etute had yet to return to school till recently. Let’s check in with him and see how he’s handling life following the his acquittal.
Camp Landon! 🏈🏴☠️ pic.twitter.com/yrn4b9olmx— Mike Blackbourn (@BlackbournMike) August 7, 2022
Isimemen Etute met a young woman on Tinder whom he began talking to in his freshman year of college. The young lady’s name was Angie Renee, a 21-year-old emergency room physician. Isimemen Etute was a linebacker for the football team. The duo met on April 10th and had an intimate interaction. The young lady reportedly had a reputation for connecting with several students on campus. However, the other ones did not interact with her like Etute did, claiming they left her apartment feeling “uncomfortable.” They speculated that Angie was really a man posing as a woman.
Isimemen Etute is said to have returned to Angie’s house a second time to see if the rumors were true. When he discovered that Angie was actually a man named Jerry Smith things took a turn and the college football player’s life was changed forever. Jerry Smith unfortunately passed away following the incident.
Isimemen Etute was taken into custody in July 2021 and faced trial. Etute was suspended from the school team following his arrest and kicked out of school shortly after. Two friends who accompanied him to the house did not get charged since they never went in. While standing trial, Etute admitted that no one deserved to lose their life, but that he also did not deserve to be lied to either. Etute was a first-time offender, while Jerry Smith was revealed to have a long rap sheet of legal issues in the past.
New Beginnings…🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/nr5O4QlubQ— isietute (@isietute) June 3, 2022
Isimemen Etute was placed on house arrest for a time, and then on bond. Eventually, he and his team argued that the incident was an act of self-defense on his part. The court agreed, and Etute was found not guilty and free to start his life over again. Following the May verdict, Etute tweeted, “God is Good.” On June 3rd, he shared a screenshot of an email revealing to his followers that he would be transferring from Virginia Tech to another school. He captioned the post, “New Beginnings….”
It’s now revealed that Etute transferred to Iowa Western Community College. He will also be playing football again. His lawyers confirmed, “He reached out to them himself and talked with the coaches. I think it’s going to be a good fit.” Isimemen Etute has not tweeted since August but is probably ecstatic, and his last couple of posts showed he was eager to get back to the sport he loved. “Restless again,” he shared June 8th with a video of his highlights at Virginia Tech.
Iowa Western Community College recently participated in the NJCAA Championship Game and has finished in the top five of the NJCAA Top 20 in 10 of the last 11 seasons, according to The Roanoke Times.