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‘Noles OL arrested for illegal use of teammate’s debit card; Dismissed from team

Ira Denson

As it turns out, Georgia’s not the only high-profile team to open spring practice with an off-field cloud hanging over its head.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Florida State offensive lineman Ira Denson (pictured, No. 55) had, back in late December, used the debit card of running back Mario Pender without his teammate’s permission.  The situation escalated two days later, leading to one man being charged with attempted murder in connection to a botched meeting agreed upon by Denson and Pender.

Tuesday, there was yet another development connected to the mess.  According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Denson was arrested by the Tallahassee Police Department and charged with petty theft and illegal use of a credit card.  The paper wrote that “Pender said his card was used three times: once at a gas station for $5, another time at Champs for $134.36, and a third time at a Foot Locker for $362.”

Security video showed Denson and another man not connected to FSU athletics buying a pair of sneakers at the Champs location.  That man, Shaquille Walden, told Tallahassee police that Denson had given him Pender’s debit card.

Pender informed the police that his card had been stolen from the football team’s locker room Dec. 19, and all of the illegal purchases were made that day.  A probable-cause statement, as relayed by the Democrat, stated “Denson… was injured at the time and was only allowed to practice for a short time each day. Denson would leave practice early and go to the locker room before the other players.”

Denson, incidentally, is still listed on FSU’s online roster.

UPDATE (8:57 p.m.): The Associated Press reports Denson has been dismissed from the football team by Jimbo Fisher.

(Photo credit: Florida State athletics)

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14 Responses to “‘Noles OL arrested for illegal use of teammate’s debit card; Dismissed from team”
  1. dhardy8207 says: Mar 19, 2014 4:06 PM

    Wow… what a mess..if he can’t be trusted in the locker room around other player’s personal belongings then he doesn’t need to be on the team.

    What a moron! Some states consider theft over $500 a felony. Possibly threw his football career away over a damn pair of sneakers….

  2. onlyoneleft says: Mar 19, 2014 4:09 PM

    Jimbo Fisher should throw his arse off the team for good.

  3. polegojim says: Mar 19, 2014 4:28 PM

    Wonderful team-centric locker room.

    I’d never want to see him wearing the jersey again.

  4. stoicpaisano says: Mar 19, 2014 4:30 PM

    P-Dub and Trub are disappointed with Denson’s effort.

  5. imaduffer says: Mar 19, 2014 5:03 PM

    The uneducated and poor are the tools of colleges and the NCAA. Makes one proud.

  6. canetic says: Mar 19, 2014 9:42 PM

    Free Shoes University strikes again!

  7. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Mar 19, 2014 11:41 PM

    Don’t be so hard on him, its not like he sexually assaulted someone! I am surprised he didn’t get it covered up for him. This is a football town you know.

  8. mcjon22 says: Mar 19, 2014 11:54 PM

    “Some coaches near by could learn something from me about kicking bad apples off of their teams”

    (Glares in direction of Athens GA)

    Jimbo Fisher

  9. realfootballfan says: Mar 20, 2014 1:10 AM

    Addition by subtraction. A mistake by Fisher bringing this guy in.

  10. longborer69 says: Mar 20, 2014 4:30 AM

    SEC! SEC! SEC!

    (This post has been brought to you by your local chapter of the “We’re Tired of People Posting SEC! Every Time an SEC Player Gets in Trouble Club” whose members know that players from every school and conference get in trouble from time to time.)

  11. chalkruz1989 says: Mar 20, 2014 8:46 AM

    I graduated college in 2011 and for three years during that time was the head men’s basketball manager. Though we were a smaller division one program, it was shocking to see just how dumb some of the players are.

    They receive a free education, have access to endless tutoring hours, get free housing, get free meals and instead of being smart and taking advantage of this situation that most don’t receive, they make dumb decisions.

    Unfortunately for this kid he’s going to look back and understand just how stupid he was.

  12. chalkruz1989 says: Mar 20, 2014 8:50 AM

    @ mcjon22:

    I get what you’re saying, and Jimbo Fisher should be applauded for kicking a player off the team for such a major violation. But, it’s always interesting to see the course of action when the player is an all-league performer or potential first round pick.

  13. donjsmith says: Mar 20, 2014 9:41 AM

    “Some coaches near by could learn something from me about kicking bad apples off of their teams”

    (Glares in direction of Athens GA)

    Jimbo Fisher

    P.S. unless it is a minor infraction, like rape…

  14. spoiledbratswhosuck says: Mar 21, 2014 7:45 AM

    Coaches and School Admins are PIMPS.

    Players think they will go to the NFL while the schools make tens of millions off players that will never graduate.

    Colleges at big schools know perfectly well who the criminals are but still recruit them.

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