Eight Rutgers football players were charged with fraudulent use of a university credit card, according to authorities.
With Rutgers football training camp set to start Friday, August 3, 2018 (8/3/18) under head coach Chris Ash, an investigation that could result in multiple dismissals and suspensions looms over the Scarlet Knights program.
Several Rutgers football players are under investigation for fraudulent use of credit cards, according to three persons with knowledge of the situation.
Those persons have requested anonymity because they have not been authorized to speak publicly about the investigation and because the investigation is ongoing. They would not divulge specifics of the investigation.
The probe — which is being conducted by the Rutgers University Police Department — could involve as many as eight players, NJ Advance Media has been told. NJ Advance Media is withholding the names of the players allegedly under investigation because no one has been charged.
Rutgers coach Chris Ash has not responded to several attempts by NJ Advance Media for comment.
On Wednesday, Rutgers dismissed defensive back K.J. Gray and linebacker Brendan DeVera for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Asked if his dismissal was connected to the investigation, Gray said his lawyer advised him “to keep quiet about the situation.”
Gray’s attorney, John Shiffman, didn’t return an email or phone messages Wednesday and Thursday.
Attempts to reach DeVera and his attorney were unsuccessful.
On Wednesday, DeVera and Gray issued statements on their Twitter accounts that they were given scholarship releases and were free to transfer to other schools.
The Gainesville Sun has learned that four of the Florida players suspended indefinitely for credit card fraud — Jordan Scarlett, Rick Wells, James Houston and Ventrell Miller — have rejoined team activities and will begin offseason workouts on Wednesday.
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Adrian Palmore, a University of South Florida football player faces charges of fraudulent use of a credit card and petit theft following his arrest by Temple Terrace police on Monday.
Palmore, a walk-on tight end and Lakewood High alumnus, was released Tuesday from the Hillsborough County Jail after posting $750 bail, according to jail records.