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Ex-Seton Hall Coach Bobby Gonzalez Arrested for Shoplifting

By Jason Beahm | Last updated on

It has been a tough year for former Seton Hall Pirates basketball coach Bobby Gonzalez. In March, Gonzalez was fired the day after one of his Seton Hall players was ejected for punching an opposing player in the groin during the Pirates' final game of the season. The Pirates lost 87-69 and Gonzalez picked up his seventh technical of the season.

University president Monsignor Robert Sheeran said the events of the previous night were "a crystallization of all that was really wrong" with the basketball program under Bobby Gonzalez's watch. With that Sheeran sent Bobby Gonzalez packing, though he hoped to quickly land with a new team.

But now it gets worse...Gonzalez was arrested for allegedly stealing a Polo Ralph Lauren satchel in New Jersey. reports that the manager of store told police that the manager of nearby bar and grill returned a men's satchel to her that belonged to Polo Ralph Lauren and said an individual came into the restaurant, left the satchel with the hostess and never returned. The satchel had reportedly had the sensor tag torn off, damaging the bag.

After an investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Gonzalez, 47, for allegedly tampering with the anti-theft system and walking out of the store without paying for the item. Police arrested and charged the Gonzalez with shoplifting and criminal mischief.

His attorney, Gerald Krovatin, says the incident is merely "a misunderstanding and a series of miscommunications." Krovatin is also representing Bobby Gonzalez in breach of contract lawsuit over his dismissal from Seton Hall. 

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