Cornerback Aaron Hester's first-half suspension for Saturday's game against Utah was a team punishment that coach Rick Neuheisel had hoped to keep in house, but got out of the bag first when Hester announced it on Twitter and then after practice Wednesday when Randall Carroll let it slip.
"It was internal discipline, but he Tweeted it and so now it’s out in the domain," Neuheisel said.
Hester is being punished for remarks critical of the officiating during UCLA's 29-28 victory over Arizona State last week. Hester was flagged for two pass interference penalties and called the officiating "terrible." Earlier this week he received a public reprimand from the Pac-12 conference, but it was unclear whether the suspension was by the team or the conference.
"You just can’t do that," Neuheisel said about criticizing the officials. "It’s not something he should talk about, it’s not something that anybody should talk about. Those guys do the best they can and certainly there is frustration at times, but we can’t condone that so he’ll miss the first half of the game and hopefully he’ll have the right attitude to help us in the second half."
On Tuesday, Hester wrote on Twitter "Can't play in the first half of saturdays game. My boys gonna hold it down til i get back second half. Let's get it!! Go bruins!"
On Wednesday, he injured his ankle during practice and Carroll moved into his spot. Carroll, when asked about the increase in playing time, said "It was going to be that way because he wasn’t going to play the first half."
Carroll, a receiver turned cornerback will probably start in Hester's place.