Iowa State defensive back De’Monte Ruth has been suspended for the Cyclones’ first game following an arrest two days before the team’s season opener.
In a news release announcing the suspension, Iowa State said that Ruth was stopped for a traffic violation Thursday and then arrested for driving with a suspended license. Ruth was being held Friday morning in the Story County Jail.
“We have a higher standard of excellence in our program and we ask our players to put the team before their actions,” Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said in the statement.
Campbell added the suspension would last one game.
AMES — Iowa State’s campus was sent into a fright Thursday night when university police sent out an alert about four males with weapons near the Freddy Court area — campus-owned apartments.
Two charges were filed Tuesday by the Iowa State Police Department. Cyclone freshman football player Dallas Taylor-Cortez — one of the four players suspended by coach Matt Campbell last Friday — was charged with harassment, 3rd degree, a simple misdemeanor. Tyciera Whitaker-Wells, a sophomore in early childhood education, was charged with a False Report to a Public Entity.
Iowa State Police Chief Michael Newton said Taylor-Cortez used a laser pointer attached to a BB gun, “threatened, intimidated or alarmed” at least one individual and caused others to run from the area.
The other three players suspended indefinitely by Iowa State were receivers Joseph Scates and Tayvonn Kyle and cornerback Jaeveyon Morton – all true freshmen. None of them had been charged as of Tuesday.
Iowa State redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Sean Foster was arrested Saturday on counts including “minors prohibited on certain premises,” according to online records.
Foster, 20, was taken to Story County Jail also carrying a count of “interference with official acts.” Both counts carried $300 bonds. As of Saturday evening, Foster was no longer listed on the online Story County Jail inmate roster.
An ISU spokesperson told the Ames Tribune that ISU coach Matt Campbell won’t be issuing a statement on the matter.
Foster, a 6-foot-8 and 304-pound four-star prospect who signed with ISU in Campbell’s 2016 class, played in 10 games last season and started six at right tackle.
Iowa State defensive lineman Kamilo Tongamoa has been suspended from the team following an arrest Sunday morning.
Story County Jail and Iowa State Police officials said Tongamoa was arrested at 2:26 a.m. Sunday by ISU Police for OWI – first offense, striking an unattended vehicle, failure to have a valid license and for not having insurance.
He was transported to the Story County Jail.
AMES – Iowa State defensive back Mackenro Alexander was in the Story County Jail on Friday after he was arrested on counts that included assault with injury, according to online records.