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.”