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Four Auburn players arrested on multiple robbery charges

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Suffice to say, the glow of winning the 2010 BcS title has officially worn off.  And some media entities will now have additional ammunition to pound the sport on.

According to multiple media outlets, four Auburn players have been arrested and hit with multiple robbery charges.  Junior defensive back Mike McNeil (pictured), freshman wide receiver Shaun Kitchens, freshman wide receiver Antonio Goodwin and freshman tight end Dakota Mosley were charged Friday with five counts of first-degree robbery.  Each.  Additionally, they were each charged with one count of burglary in the first degree and one count of theft of property in the first degree.

From the Auburn police department press release:

According to the five victims present, three black males entered the residence with one displaying a handgun.  Personal property was stolen during the incident.  No injuries were reported.  A patrolman responding to the area observed what he believed to be the suspect vehicle based on a description he was given.  Officers stopped the vehicle in the 1200 block of Wire Road and four suspects were taken into custody.  A pistol and the stolen property was recovered at the scene.  Goodwin, Kitchens, McNeil, and Mosley were transported to the Lee County Detention Center where each is currently being held on a $511,000 bond.

In what can only be described as a very swift reaction, especially in this day and age, all four players have already been permanently dismissed from the football program by head coach Gene Chizik.

“The players arrested in connection with this deeply troubling incident have been permanently dismissed from our football team,” Chizik said in a statement.  “While we realize the legal process will run its course and these young men have a right for their case to be heard, playing for Auburn University is an honor and a privilege. It is not a right.

“We hold our student-athletes to a high standard of conduct on and off the field as representatives of Auburn University, and this kind of behavior is not tolerated.

“I am extremely disappointed and embarrassed by the actions of these individuals. I want to personally apologize to all of those who were impacted by this senseless act, including the victims, Auburn University and the Auburn family.”

McNeil was a starter in 2010, while the other three were backups.  Athletic director Jay Jacobs was 100-percent behind the steps taken by his head coach.

“This type of behavior will not be tolerated at Auburn. I fully support Coach Chizik’s swift and decisive action to dismiss these four student-athletes from our football team effective immediately.”

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39 Responses to “Four Auburn players arrested on multiple robbery charges”
  1. superfbfan says: Mar 11, 2011 3:13 PM

    Wow!! Very embarrassing and disturbing…but Chiz did the right thing…boot em’ and do some damage control…if thats possible considering all the bad things coming from “the plains” these days….if anything this kinda proves AU isn’t paying all their players:)

  2. tryagainplease says: Mar 11, 2011 3:25 PM

    well dang i was too slow with my comment on the other….

  3. gatorprof says: Mar 11, 2011 3:50 PM

    Bad situation, but swift action by Chiz…other coaches need to take notice.

  4. 78lion says: Mar 11, 2011 3:58 PM

    could also prove that once they get a taste from their signing bonus, they need more.

  5. hawknut says: Mar 11, 2011 4:00 PM

    Auburn is up to their old tricks again.

  6. Deb says: Mar 11, 2011 4:25 PM

    I do not understand. Can someone please explain this to me? These guys are members of a big-time college football program in the greatest year of its history. You know that comes with all kinds of BMOC perks. At worst, they have the opportunity to leave Auburn with marketable college degrees–at best with a shot at the NFL.

    Why, why, why would you throw all that away to rob somebody’s house? And with a gun, which ups the ante? Do you honestly think robbery is a better career path? Does jail really seem preferable to two-a-days?

    I don’t get it.

  7. frug says: Mar 11, 2011 4:31 PM

    Not content to let Oregon and Ohio State steal the spotlight from them, Auburn players manage to move back into the lead in the race to see which of last years college football powers can embarrass themselves the most.

  8. jw731 says: Mar 11, 2011 4:32 PM

    And i’m supposed to believe that these thugs were recruited as student-athletes? Give the student-athlete crap a rest. They were recruited to make the school money, the student thing is a joke….

  9. 1990tiger says: Mar 11, 2011 4:42 PM

    Some things we will never understand. Years from now, as these guys are flipping burgers or sweeping out their cell, they can’t say that society didn’t give them an opportunity that they pi##ed away. Hopefully, they will learn something from this and do what it takes to dig themselves out of the hole they created by their actions.

    Props for Chizik for taking swift, appropriate action. Although the presumption of being innocence until proven guilty is the foundation of our legal system, the circumstances surrounding their arrest
    (fleeing the scene of the crime and the presence of the handgun and stolen property), in my mind, are sufficient to establish their guilt to the level necessary to revoke the privilege of playing football at AU (or any college, as far as I am concerned).

  10. paintan8 says: Mar 11, 2011 4:59 PM

    Tennessee would have thrown a parade for these four guys.

  11. cassrangers says: Mar 11, 2011 5:11 PM

    It’s ok, these 4 bright young men have already enrolled at Appalachian State

  12. stairwayto7 says: Mar 11, 2011 5:11 PM

    Why are peopel saying Chiz did right thing? Would he have kicked out Farley or Scam Newton if they got caught? No way! Stay classy SEC FAN!!!

  13. florida727 says: Mar 11, 2011 5:12 PM

    paintan8 says:
    Mar 11, 2011 4:59 PM
    Tennessee would have thrown a parade for these four guys.
    NOT TRUE. They would have been made assistant coaches in charge of recruiting. Get your facts straight…

  14. buckifan4life says: Mar 11, 2011 5:13 PM

    Ohio State guys get tattoos with THEIR posessions in trade and Auburn players commit armed robbery… Yeah, that makes alot of sense. I don’t see ESPN all over these FELONS… Maybe Colin Blowhard can narsaccistically (sp?) take a whole show to beat Auburn down now… Uh huh…

  15. thefiesty1 says: Mar 11, 2011 5:43 PM

    Good for Chizik. Swift action is absolutely necessary in these type of incidents. Purge the program of bad actors, eliminated distractions and move on.

  16. WingT says: Mar 11, 2011 5:45 PM

    OhioStateLogicalResponse : it’s not like they pulled the trigger and murdered anybody

  17. blitz4848 says: Mar 11, 2011 5:53 PM

    That means they aren’t oversigned anymore!
    Makes it easy to clean up the grey shirting issue.

    All jokes aside—Chizik did the right thing in a timely manner—these guys weren’t Farley and Newton but one was the leading tackler in the NCS game, 2 played special teams in that game and were battling for starting positions this year and 3 of the 4 were part of Auburn’s #4 rated 2010 recruiting class.

  18. Deb says: Mar 11, 2011 5:59 PM

    @buckifan4life …

    You’re comparing apples and oranges. The Ohio State players broke NCAA rules and are being punished for that infraction as members of the Ohio State team. These men committed a crime and are no longer members of the Auburn team. Auburn isn’t responsible for their lack of character and Chizik couldn’t possibly have acted more swiftly or more decisively. That’s coming from an Alabama supporter who isn’t exactly Chizik’s biggest fan. You guys need to stop taking your bitterness out on everyone else. If Tressel had dealt with this matter the minute it crossed his desk, you wouldn’t be in this situation. Like these Auburn players, your coach has only himself to blame for his predicament.

    @Stairwayto7 …

    We don’t know what Chizik would have done if it were Fairley or Newton because it wasn’t Fairley or Newton. But McNeil was a starter and Chizik dumped him. We know that Saban benched a star lineman before a bowl game because of an infraction. We know Meyer–another SEC coach–dumped Newton from his team for stealing a computer. Your obsessive immature rants about the SEC are ridiculous. And all those Ohio State fans wouldn’t be giving you a thumbs up if they knew you’d been screeching for them to get the death penalty.

  19. Deb says: Mar 11, 2011 6:03 PM

    @1990tiger …

    Hearing reports like this makes me so sad. These arrests seem to be daily occurrences. Maybe teams should start employing some kind of life coach to help these kids get past their early lives and realize what college can mean to their futures if they just stay out of these situations.

  20. ihatedallasandauburn says: Mar 11, 2011 6:21 PM

    Way to throw your life away, thugs

  21. buckifan4life says: Mar 11, 2011 7:12 PM

    Yeah,…that’s a way to put it into proper perspective…NOT!

  22. oregontrash says: Mar 11, 2011 8:35 PM

    PROOF Auburn doesn’t pay their players… LMAO

  23. burntorangehorn says: Mar 11, 2011 10:01 PM

    I think Chizik’s become a little sleazy in some respects, but this definitely improves my impression of him. Swift dismissal does the trick, and best of all, it sends a message to the rest of the team.

    I too question whether he’d have done the same to Newton, Fairley, or someone like that, but McNeil started half of Auburn’s games last year, and two of the others at least played.

  24. oregontrash says: Mar 11, 2011 10:32 PM

    I won’t give Chzik too much credit. I’m certain he talked to law enforcement about the preliminary investigation.

    After reading several press releases, the evidence sounds overwheming. It’s a no brainer if these players are not getting out of state prison for another 10-15 years. This incident sounds like a home invasion robbery. The sentencing is mandatory and long term state prison.

    What other choice did the coach have, especially when you consider the current investigation the NCAA is conducting on Auburn.

  25. dcroz says: Mar 11, 2011 11:09 PM

    It is always horrible to hear of something like this. While there certainly will be an element of schadenfreude from Alabama fans (and Ohio State fans thankful to be out of the headlines for a few minutes) that these young men would throw their lives away is downright tragic. From what I understand, under Alabama law the one wielding the gun could get a minimum of 20 years for this, while the others could get at least 10.

    Deb: Why would they do this? It’s a good question, but why does anyone with a bright future and lots of success do stupid things that brings it all down around their ears? Why do celebrities making millions of dollars a year feel the need to cheat on their taxes and go to prison? Why do athletes who are raking in money with a front-end loader feel the need to get into trouble at nightclubs or involve themselves with the criminal underworld? All one can really say is “stupidity,” though that just doesn’t quite seem to capture it properly.

  26. Deb says: Mar 11, 2011 11:40 PM

    @buckifan4life …

    Wow, guess you told me :roll: For the sake of Ohio State’s academic reputation, I hope you’re not an alum.

    @dcroz …

    Stupid is the guy who robbed the bank, writing the note to the teller on the back of his own deposit slip. People who cheat on their taxes are just greedy. All this criminal activity among athletes has the same self-destructiveness as drug abuse. It’s like watching Charlie Sheen melt down.

  27. pricecube says: Mar 11, 2011 11:49 PM

    Auburn jumps into the front runners in the race for the Fulmer Cup.

  28. jonanthans says: Mar 12, 2011 1:14 AM

    The reason is that everyone associated with the football side of the program knows Cam Newton got away with his shenanigans and now want to push the envelope. Chiz has no reins over this team, they all want to be “ballers” and flash the jewelry and cash. The team doesn’t matter to them, it’s all about individualism and “hey, look at the money I got, look at the jewelry I got”, and they will do whatever it takes to get that money or jewelry. Funny thing is 3 of the 4 were Freshmen, meaning they were Chizs recruits! The Plains are headed toward the death penalty when all is said and done..

  29. oxking777 says: Mar 12, 2011 5:01 AM

    I’m a FL fan, neither a lover or hater of AU. But Chiz did nothing spectacular here. Armed robbery is a no brainer. A goodly number of these kids come directly from the “hood” and revert to old habits when they have too much time on their hands.

  30. toasale says: Mar 12, 2011 7:54 AM

    May they suffer to the fullest extent of the law!

  31. gatorprof says: Mar 12, 2011 3:09 PM

    I don’t see how any can bash Chiz for this. He took the only action that he could. It is difficult to bench or dismiss a starter, especially a star player.

    I am still pissed off at Dunlap for his DUI prior to the SEC title game. I am not sure it would have mattered against that Bama team, but it didn’t help matters for the gators to be playing without their best defender/pass rusher.

    These are 18-22 year old ‘kids’ (add in many times from broken families) so their behavior can be somewhat unpredictable. There is a difference between ‘kid’ stupidity like DUI, getting caught smoking pot, selling your championship rings tattoos, etc. and deliberate criminal activity like robbery, sexual assault, etc. I don’t think that any coach sleeps soundly at night given that at any time one of his guys could get in trouble and embarrass the program.

  32. John Taylor says: Mar 12, 2011 3:14 PM

    “I don’t think that any coach sleeps soundly at night given that at any time one of his guys could get in trouble and embarrass the program.”

    Absolutely spot on.

    Although I will say that I think it’s been documented and verified that Barry Switzer slept like a baby every single night he was with the Sooners.

  33. dcroz says: Mar 12, 2011 3:53 PM

    Barry Switzer…now there’s a joke that writes itself.

    Incidentally, does anyone think it says something that the only two coaches to win both a Division I national championship and a Super Bowl are Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer? And that both did it with the Jerry Jones-owned Dallas Cowboys?

  34. Deb says: Mar 12, 2011 4:22 PM

    Well, dcroz, I think it says …

    Johnson built one heckuva pro football team in Dallas.

    The core players of Johnson’s team had enough discipline to keep it together for a while after he left.

    If Jones’s ego weren’t so ginormous, that team might have won four straight Super Bowls.

    And Switzer is one lucky SOB.

  35. frug says: Mar 12, 2011 4:30 PM

    Actually what it is really says is that Jimmy Johnson assembled a team so talented it managed to win a Super Bowl in spite of being coached by Barry Switzer.

  36. Deb says: Mar 12, 2011 8:47 PM

    @frug …

    Uh-huh … that, too 😉

  37. dcroz says: Mar 12, 2011 10:58 PM

    Frug, I’ve said the same thing myself on many occasions. The best thing Switzer did on the Cowboys’ team that he “led” to the Super Bowl championship was to know to stay out of the way.

    And Deb, yes, Johnson built an incredible team that could have won the Super Bowl with a trained monkey on the sidelines. Then again, with Switzer, that’s pretty much what they did.

    But what I was actually getting at was that while Switzer and Johnson were incredibly successful in the college ranks, they are also notorious for presiding over outlaw programs at OU and The U respectively. Switzer got out of Norman right before the NCAA hammer fell, and the Sooners were a non-entity on the national scene for over a decade as a result before Bob Stoops showed up to right the ship. Johnson, meanwhile, was the force behind creating the thugocracy at Miami that made them the most despised program in college football (probably even all of sports) during the late ’80s into the early ’90s. Both went on to coach for Jerry Jones, and the pattern repeated itself in the NFL: highly successful program at Dallas, but also with a thuggish reputation.

    So, the question is: While we hate programs that are filled with future long-term residents of involuntary public housing and the proto-wardens (coaches) who put them together, do such programs in fact have a greater chance at success than those who are clean? And do we really care as long as they’re winning?

  38. buckeyeboy says: Mar 12, 2011 11:19 PM

    well at least OSU didn’t do anything this bad lol at least the Big 10 keeps slime out of it’s league……..

    well except maurice clarett, that guy is a nutcase lol

  39. Deb says: Mar 13, 2011 12:00 PM

    @dcroz …

    Bear built programs at Bama that were just as good or better than the infamous programs at Oklahoma and the U, but he did it without the criminal element. Stallings built the “good” program that defeated Miami’s “evil.” Throughout the 70s, the “good” Steelers battled the “evil” Raiders and consistently won the day.
    I’d argue strenuously that what held Johnson’s Cowboys together after he left was the presence of disciplined guys like Aikman, Smith, Novacek, and Johnston rather than the troublesome players like Irving and Lett.

    I believe championship teams need to be tough. Bear’s teams, the 70s Steelers dynasty, the 09 Tide, the current Steelers all have top-rated defenses but no one on those defenses is out robbing banks. And yeah … I’d have a problem if our players were persistently getting involved in criminal activity.

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