Texas A&M wide receiver Ainias Smith was arrested early on Wednesday ahead of his scheduled appearance at SEC Media Days, according to multiple reports.
Ainias Smith was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated, unlawful carrying of a weapon, and marijuana possession (less than two ounces).
The 21-year-old wide receiver was booked in the Brazos County Jail after his arrest by Texas A&M university police.
Smith led the Aggies with 47 receptions and six touchdown catches a season ago for the 8-4 Aggies as a team captain.
He also placed second on the team with 509 receiving yards.
Ainias Smith has started 21 games for Texas A&M the past three seasons and has 112 career receptions for 1,321 and 15 total touchdowns. He added 373 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
The senior is expected to play a major role in the Texas A&M offense this coming season as the team looks to integrate a new starter at the quarterback position.
Smith’s experience and skill set will be key to developing the Aggies’ downfield passing game to complement what looks like a solid rushing attack behind center.
A&M is projected to finish second in the SEC West this season behind Alabama, but is scheduled to visit the Crimson Tide in a crucial matchup on Oct. 8.
The winner of that game should have a major advantage in the SEC standings and the College Football Playoff race.
Smith is the second Texas A&M player to be arrested this offseason after wide receiver Demond Demas, who was arrested on an assault/family violence charge and removed from the team before entering the transfer portal.
CENTRE COUNTY Pa. — Jonathan Sutherland, a Penn State Football player, was charged July 2 for firing a gun that had a stray bullet wind up in a person’s condo in Patton Township.
According to Patton Township police, redshirt senior safety, Jonathan Sutherland, 22, was charged with one misdemeanor count of criminal mischief in Centre County.
Sutherland was at a party when he discharged the 9 mm handgun across the courtyard into a narrow line of trees, May 21, according to police.
Police found that Sutherland had “little to no experience handling a firearm,” according to the criminal complaint. Sutherland told police he got the gun from another person at the party and was told that the firearm “was not loaded.”
After firing the gun, the bullet traveled to a resident’s condo and went through a guest bathroom before going through the master bathroom and then falling to the floor. The bullet caused around $2,000 worth of damages, according to police.
Along with the misdemeanor charge for criminal mischief, Sutherland is also charged with disorderly conduct. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for August 4.
“We are aware of the charges against Jonathan Sutherland. These alleged actions do not reflect the values and standards of our program and will be addressed,” Penn State Athletics said, in a statement.
“We will not comment any further as this is an ongoing legal matter,” they continued.
Cornelius Nunn, Syracuse freshman defensive back, was arrested Tuesday in Miami and charged with a felony for carrying a concealed firearm, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department.
Syracuse Athletics is aware of the situation and will not be releasing a statement, according to a team spokesperson.
Nunn, 19, was in the passenger’s seat of an improperly parked Nissan Maxima when an officer stopped at 9:05 p.m., the police report said.
Raymond Cutts, UCF redshirt freshman, was arrested Monday by the Orlando Police Department and charged with carrying a concealed firearm and grand theft in the third degree, according to Orange County Clerk of Courts.
UPDATE: Knights247 has received the following statement from UCF football spokesperson John Heisler:
“UCF Athletics officials are aware of the matter involving Raymond Cutts and have no further comment as we learn additional details about the situation.”
As a true freshman, Cutts spent the year with the Knights’ scout team ultimately taking a redshirt after not appearing in any games for UCF.
Cutts was a member of the 2019 signing class after deciding to stay in Orlando. The local defensive end from Jones High School picked UCF over Clemson, Auburn, Baylor, UNC, and Maryland amongst others.
Coming out of Jones High School, Cutts was ranked as the No. 55 overall defensive end in the country and the No. 118 overall prospect in the state of Florida, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite rankings. In high school, the 6-foot-2 260-pound defensive end helped lead his team to a 10-2 record in 2018 winning a District Championship and advancing to a regional semifinal.
After Cutts learned he would take a redshirt in 2019, he explained to the Orlando Sentinel he imagined his first season at UCF going differently.
“It’s not strange because I already knew what I was getting myself into,” Cutts told the Orlando Sentinel in October. “It’s just that … I felt like I was going to come in and make an impact early. Things work in different ways,” Cutts said. “I know it’s just a chance for me to get bigger and better than what I am now, so I’m gonna take advantage of it.”
While he felt that he could have an impact early on, Cutts told the Sentinel he still felt like he was “contributing to the team.”
“Every week, I go out there and give them a good look in practice. I love my team and I’m just gonna wait my turn until my name’s called,” Cutts told the Sentinel.
UCF head coach Josh Heupel has yet to comment on this matter.
Donte Starks, LSU freshman linebacker has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.
Head coach Ed Orgeron made the announcement in a statement issued on Feb. 1. LSU officials later confirmed the suspension was handed down a day after Starks was arrested in Marerro by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies reported Starks was booked on illegally possessing a concealed handgun and attempting to run from deputies.
Starks’ suspension is the first major disciplinary action of the offseason following LSU’s College Football Playoff National Championship win on Jan. 13.
“I know everybody saw or heard the news but I want y’all to know that I’m truly sorry for the disappointments,” Sparks stated in the post.
University of Texas, El Paso has suspended quarterback Kai Locksley after he was arrested for a number of offenses, including gun charges and making terroristic threats.
Locksley was arrested Saturday after being pulled over for driving under the influence, possession of marijuana (less than 2 ounces), unlawful carrying of a weapon and making terroristic threats, according to jail records.He was released on a total of $2,900 bond for the four offenses.
The senior quarterback, who started eight games for the Miners last season, was immediately suspended by the team.
“We are aware of the charges against Kai Locksley,” UTEP coach Dana Dimel said in a statement. “While the severity of these charges is concerning, it would not be appropriate to determine a course of action until we have all the facts. In the meantime, he has been suspended from the UTEP football team.”
It was unclear what prompted the charge for terroristic threats. ABC News has reached out to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office for further details.
Locksley is also the son of Maryland head coach Mike Locksley, who was just named to lead the program this offseason after serving as offensive coordinator at Alabama.
The 6-foot-4, 215 pound quarterback was expected to be in the discussion at starter for UTEP in 2019. He had three passing touchdowns and six rushing touchdowns last season. He also missing three games due to injury.
Locksley was a star recruit out of high school, eventually committing to Texas. But he admitted to the Des Moines Register in 2017 that off-the-field issues led to his departure from the program.
“Life hits you fast when you’re on your own and things didn’t go my way on the field,” he told the Register. “I didn’t respond in the best manner. I kind of had to fall apart a little to make strides and to grow.”
His older brother, Meiko, was killed in a shooting in 2017 in Maryland.
ReJean Wright, a Nicholls State University football player and a passenger in his car are in trouble with the law.
Mandeville police stopped 20-year-old ReJean Wright and 19-year-old Kierra Murphy because of an expired inspection sticker on Highway 22 on April 21.
Investigators said the officer smelled marijuana and therefore inspected the vehicle.
Sticker said officers also found around 100 rounds of ammunition, ski masks, gloves, marijuana and a crowbar.
While Sticker said he could not connect the duo to any crimes, he believes they were up to no good.
“With everything we saw, these individuals weren’t going to choir practice,” Sticker said “There is some wrongdoing at some level.”
Wright and Murphy were booked on drug possession charges. Wright was also booked on possession of burglary tools charges.
Nicholls State University issued the following statement Thursday:
“We have recently been made aware of the alleged incident. Mr. Wright has been immediately and indefinitely suspended from the football program while the legal and student judicial affairs processes are ongoing.”
Nevada Wolf Pack football graduate assistant Jeff Nady was arrested early Saturday morning after crashing his car into the Nugget Casino Resort, per Sparks police, and has been suspended from the team.
Nady, who is in his second season on the Nevada coaching staff, was charged with five misdemeanors and released from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office facility by Saturday night.