Former Penn State star interrogated for hours at German airport

D.J. Newbill was waylayed by German officials while trying to get to France. (USATSI)

D.J. Newbill, recent Penn State grad and one of the best players in PSU men’s basketball history, was debriefed over the weekend after German officials reportedly had suspicions about Newbill’s travels.

Newbill, who just last week wrote a glowing letter to some of the leaders at Penn State, is said to have been interrogated at Frankfurt Airport. While on layover in making his way to France (where Newbill has landed a pro contract), German agents stopped Newbill. His agent, Francois Lamy, told that Newbill believes it might have been a case of racial profiling.

“Just to correct one thing, DJ was not arrested on suspicion of terrorism, he was interrogated because of not presenting a long stay visa when entering shengen zone to play professional basketball. Only during interrogation did the officials ask weird questions, which seem to be part of a silly protocol.”

(Earlier reports had Newbill being arrested at the airport.)

Newbill, who just recently signed with France’s ASVEL Basket club, did not have a long-stay visa on his person, and that led to a prolonged and peculiar quizzing of the 23-year-old. He was reportedly sequestered for hours.

Lamy originally took to Facebook and claimed racism and German officials’ intent on discovering or uncovering that Newbill was a terrorist. The French-language Facebook post is here.

Newbill, who was eventually allowed to get on to France, put up a career best 20.7 points per game for the Nittany Lions last year, in addition to averaging 4.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

Hat tip: Onward State.


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