It was announced over the weekend that a pair of San Diego State Aztecs, including a defensive starter, had been suspended for at least the first game of the season for violating unspecified team rules.
What’s most interesting, however, is the non-starter who was suspended along with safety Brandon Davis.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, tight end Hunter Hewitt pleaded guilty last week to a charge which stemmed from an attempt to sell prescription drugs on Craigslist (what, eBay too popular and would’ve brought too much unwanted attention from the authorities?). The original charge, felony transportation of drugs, was reduced to misdemeanor drug possession.
Hewitt was arrested on July 1 after he attempted to sell hydrocodone and acetaminophen, which were prescribed for his own personal use, on the popular online classifieds website.
Hewitt will be forced to complete a counseling program and, if he stays out of trouble between now and February 2013, the charge will be dismissed, the Union-Tribune reports. Also, it appears it’s a good thing Hewitt does well in the classroom as that seemingly played a role in the reduction of the initial charge. Oh, and the fact that he was a football player didn’t hurt his case either.
“We took a good look at it, and we figured it was misdemeanor conduct,” prosecutor Garland Peed (chuckle) said. “We balanced it against his grade-point average and the fact he was in the San Diego State football program and had no other record. Balancing it all out, we thought it was fairest disposition for everyone.”
While Hewitt’s suspension, and that of Davis, are technically for at least one game, it’s very likely both players will sit for the first two games of the year.
Last season, Hewitt played in all 13 games, starting one of those contests.
(Tip O’ the Cap: Mountain West Connection)