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Basketball player suspended after grand theft arrest

A UCLA men's basketball player has been suspended indefinitely from team activities and for at least the first game of the 2011–12 season following his arrest in connection with the theft of a laptop computer.

Jerime Anderson, a senior point guard, was arrested July 26 on suspicion of grand theft after a tracking device on a MacBook Pro valued at $1,541 helped its owner lead authorities to him, campus police said. Anderson was released on $20,000 bail after being booked at the West Hollywood sheriff's station.

"This is a disappointing and unfortunate situation for Jerime," head coach Ben Howland said in a prepared statement. "We have a high standard and code of conduct that our student-athletes are expected to follow. He knows that he has made a huge mistake and that he has not represented himself, our program or UCLA in a manner that is required."

Anderson's status with the team will be reevaluated as the legal process continues, UCLA Athletics officials said.
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