Three incoming UCLA freshman football players arrested last week on suspicion of felony theft have been dismissed from the team, officials announced Tuesday.
"The three young men know they made a terrible mistake," head football coach Rick Neuheisel said in a statement. "We expect our players to behave a certain way and there are consequences when they don’t."
Campus police arrested the players on June 23 after responding to a call about a theft of a backpack from a locker area used by patrons of the Hedrick Hall dormitory dining facility. The players were later released by county sheriff’s officials. Police estimated the contents of the backpack at $1,200.
The players, all 18, were identified as Paul Richardson, Shaquille Richardson and Joshua Shirley. They were taking classes during summer session.
"Paul, Shaquille and Josh are paying a steep price for their lapse in judgment," Neuheisel said. "They will not be allowed to enroll in school this fall and will not have the opportunity to begin their UCLA academic and athletic careers."
The coach said he will decide later whether to reinstate the players in winter quarter.