The weirdness out on the Left Coast continues unabated, with Arizona State the latest Pac-12 school to find itself mired in the midst of a “WTF!?!” situation.
According to Scout.com‘s ASU website, SunDevilSource.com, true freshman George Lea was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary in the first degree and unlawful imprisonment. All three of those charges are felonies.
Because of the felony nature of the offenses, ASU has indefinitely suspended the defensive lineman.
Citing two sources, the site writes that “Lea is alleged to have used an airsoft gun to intimidate one of his ASU football teammates.” In a statement, the school confirmed that a “BB gun” was involved in the incident Monday night.
Freshman football player George Lea has been indefinitely suspended from the Arizona State University football program after an incident that occurred Monday night on the Tempe campus involving a BB gun. ASU football players are held to high standards and are expected to exercise good discipline and judgment on and off the field. The ASU Police Department and the Dean of Students are investigating the matter and will take appropriate action, as warranted, once all the facts are gathered.
A three-star member of ASU’s 2015 recruiting class, Lea was rated as the No. 49 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 35 player at any position in the state of Louisiana. An early enrollee who was a spring practice standout, “[head coach Todd] Graham expected him to play as a true freshman,” Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic wrote.
Lee is actually the second member of the Sun Devils most recent recruiting class to run into felony legal issues.
Davon Durant, a highly-touted JUCO signee, was arrested following a March domestic violence incident in which he was initially charged with one count of felony aggravated assault and three counts of misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
It was alleged at the time that the female victim was hit by Durant “in the face once and grabbed her around the neck,” leading to “visible injuries, including a bruise below her left eye and bruising around her neck that was consistent with finger marks.
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