OKLAHOMA CITY — Former Oklahoma State basketball coach Sean Sutton was arrested and spent the night in jail for allegedly trying to obtain prescription painkillers from out of state. Authorities said he appeared to be suffering withdrawal symptoms before he was released Friday.
Sutton, 41, was arrested Thursday night, hours after he arrived to pick up a shipment of painkillers under another person’s name, said Mark Woodward, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.
A probable cause affidavit from bureau Agent Brian Surber said he spoke with Sutton at the jail Friday morning.
“I noticed Sutton’s profusely sweating and appearing in discomfort and asked him if he was experiencing withdrawals.” Sutton told the agent that “he was feeling symptoms of withdrawal and was going to ‘tough it out.”’
Later in the morning, Surber said, “I learned that Sutton had been vomiting and showing additional symptoms of withdrawal and the jail staff was concerned about his health.”
A phone message left for Sutton was not returned Friday. Payne County District Attorney Rob Hudson said Stillwater attorney Trace Morgan was representing Sutton, and Morgan didn’t immediately return a phone message left at his office.
Authorities said the package Sutton picked up contained about 40 pills, including the anti-anxiety drug clonazepam, two forms of the stimulant Adderall and an unidentified substance. The affidavit said Sutton told the agent he had obtained the drugs from people he had met while in an inpatient rehabilitation program.
Sutton has not coached since resigning from the Cowboys under pressure in April 2008. He and his father, former Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton, sat courtside at the Texas Tech-Oklahoma game Tuesday in Norman.