Anderson suspended from hoops team

From UCLA:

UCLA men’s basketball player Jerime Anderson has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities and at least the 2011-12 season-opener against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 11) following his arrest Tuesday (July 26) evening.

Anderson, a senior point guard, was arrested on campus by University Police and was charged with suspicion of grand theft in connection with the theft of a laptop.

“This is a disappointing and unfortunate situation for Jerime,” said head coach Ben Howland. “We have a high standard and code of conduct that our student-athletes are expected to follow. He knows that he has made a huge mistake and that he has not represented himself, our program or UCLA in a manner that is required.”
Anderson’s status with the team will be re-evaluated as the legal process continues.

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  • BruinADub

    WTF???????

  • Anonymous

    According to LA Times blog, a tracking device on the MacBook Pro laptop led police to Anderson. That’s probably the end of the UCLA hoops career for JA.

  • rejn

    dumb dumb dumb dumb

    unbelievable

  • Reformed Droog

    I’m speechless.

  • MichaelRyerson

    Heartbreaking. There’s no explaining stupid, least of all to the one saddled with it. So much at stake and now gone in one ignorant moment.

  • bruinbiochem06

    I really hope this was a misunderstanding. We need Anderson this year!

  • UCLABZ

    What’s up with student athletes stealing laptops?

  • Rich

    What an Arsehole (allegedly).

  • Fed Up Bruin

    Not so fast my friends, Dragovic beat up plenty of people when he was at UCLA and we were able to get him on the court. This is only a lap top, Jerime Anderson could still really contribute for us this season.

  • Anonymous

    Well we know he’s been working on his steals, but what about his jump shot and ball handling?

  • http://corinnem Ley

    Right now I am just disappointed for him and his family. Regardless of what us fans think he is still just a 20 year old kid growing up and made a bonehead mistake!!! I am sure we all did something dumd and didn’t get caught in one form or another!!! His Old Man is going to wup him serious!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve made a lot of dumb mistakes. Never a felony, though.

    It’s not that hard, unless you’re a Trojan.

  • bibs

    Was it necessary to make a decision before the legal process was complete?We lost three football players last season for the same type of situation and then nothing happened to them.It’s important to be strict and hold our students to a high standard,but it is also important to be fair.If he is guilty as charged then a one game suspension is not enough.

  • BruinFaithful

    Bibs:

    Based on what the kid allegedly did, he might not even be allowed to go to school anymore. What’s worse, is he stole from a fellow student. He’s going to have to go before the UCLA Dean of Students and plead his case. So, his future might not be up to the DA’a office anyway. The Dean of Students can issue their own ruling. Not looking good.

  • BruinRogue

    Getting arrested is stupid enough. But on your senior year? You lose your spot on the team and a chance to get your diploma. He better hope charges are dropped.

  • BruinAficionado

    I bet the case is pretty black and white if the cops caught him with the laptop in hand. Might be why UCLA athletics was so quick to suspend him. If I were him, I would kiss my basketball career goodbye. His bigger worry should be the rest of his life…when he has to check the box on the job application that say he’s been convicted of a felony.

  • Anonymous

    Geez, I guess there is no chance he could be guilty only of accepting stolen merchandise from somebody. Court of this blog’s readers has spoken.

  • DoubleBruin

    Anon @ 8:17, you beat me to it. It could be that he thought he was buying a used computer. He might not have known it was stolen.

  • ucla-of-the-rockies

    This, from my jr. high-aged son:
    “What part of ‘HE KNOWS HE DIDN’T REPRESENT HIMSELF, OUR PROGRAM OR UCLA IN A MANNER THAT IS REQUIRED’ don’t some of these stupid posters understand? I mean, they act like he did nothing but borrow a laptap or something.”
    And,
    “Dad: If I did that, even as a senior in college, you would so kill me …”
    And this, from his Dad:
    I wish it woulda just been his knee, like Hundley. Or Josh Smith coming back at oh, say 355 lbs.
    No, this one really hurts. It sullies who we are and now puts a real blight on all things hoops coming so soon after Dragovic.

  • ucla-of-the-rockies

    This, from my jr. high-aged son:
    “What part of ‘HE KNOWS HE DIDN’T REPRESENT HIMSELF, OUR PROGRAM OR UCLA IN A MANNER THAT IS REQUIRED’ don’t some of these stupid posters understand? I mean, they act like he did nothing but borrow a laptap or something.”
    And,
    “Dad: If I did that, even as a senior in college, you would so kill me …”
    And this, from his Dad:
    I wish it woulda just been his knee, like Hundley. Or Josh Smith coming back at oh, say 355 lbs.
    No, this one really hurts. It sullies who we are and now puts a real blight on all things hoops coming so soon after Dragovic.

  • Anonymous

    My four year old says “Is accepting stolen merchandise representing ‘UCLA in a manner that is required’? Methinks the jr high kid has yet to learn the logic I was taught already, nor has learned to refrain from use of the word stupid”. :D

  • Shaquille Richardson

    Hey , JA…transfer over to U of Arizona. They don’t care if we’re thieving dinks.

    Just win baby…and steal what you can get your mitts on!

  • BruinFaithful

    Honestly,

    I was just thinking about this and I’m not somebody to go light on a kid doing something this stupid. But, as I examine all the facts, is it possible that he just bought a stolen LapTop from somebody on say Craigslist? It is known to happen often. Here are the facts:

    1.) It seems Howland’s comments would indicate that Jerime Anderson is guilty of doing something stupid and he admits it. I don’t think he admitted to stealing to Howland, or he would be off the TEAM forevr and now. If the kid admits it, no need to wait for the courts. So maybe that’s Jerime’s story, “Hey, I bought it from somebody, I didn’t know it was stolen.” Then, Howland decides to suspend him indefinitely, for not being careful enough in buying a stolen good, pending the criminal investigation. Seems very plausible.

    2.) Somebody who is a friend of Jerime’s on FB, told me that a few days ago he had bragged on his FB page that he had “just got a MacBook Pro”. I couldn’t imagine this kid being so stupid as to brag on FB about a laptop he had stolen or that he knew he had bought a stolen Lap Top.

    This is MUCH different that the “Hedrick 3″ who were caught on video and admitted stealing the backpack with a LaopTop in it. Maybe we should wait until all the facts are uncovered.