Two Western Michigan University Football Players Arrested For Alleged Armed Robbery
Two Western Michigan University freshman football players have been arrested for an alleged armed robbery.
The incident occurred Friday night into early Saturday morning on California Street in Kalamazoo.
The victim was not a student.
Police obtained a search warrant for a room in Draper Hall, on WMU's campus, forced open the door there and conducted the search.
The two WMU football players were arrested in their dorm room early Saturday morning.
The players have been identified as:
- Ron George, an 18-year-old freshman linebacker.
- Bryson White, a 20-year-old freshman wide receiver.
Both players have been suspended from the football team.
USA Today Sports reports that the men held up a woman with a semi-automatic weapon and a knife.
If convicted, both players face not only the judicial system, but also sanctions from the university that go up to and include removal from the university.
Coach PJ Fleck and WMU released the following statement:
Having heard this news early this morning, I took action to immediately suspend both freshman players indefinitely. We expect to learn more about these allegations today. I’m extremely disappointed and want to assure the community that this kind of conduct is unacceptable and does not represent the values of this team or this university.
All student-athletes will be held accountable to all university student code, athletic-student athlete and football code of conduct standards. Violations of these standards can lead to dismissal from the team and university.
The incident remains under investigation by Kalamazoo Public Safety.