FSU suspends INF John Holland
OMAHA, Neb. -- Florida State coach Mike Martin suspended infielder John Holland indefinitely Tuesday after the freshman was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting at an Omaha sporting goods store.
The suspension was announced a few hours before the Seminoles faced UCLA in the College World Series. Holland was the Seminoles' designated hitter in their first two CWS games. The infielder was batting .243 for the season, and appeared in 41 games, 16 as a starter.
Holland went before a judge Tuesday morning and paid a $50 fine. City prosecutor Martin Conboy said the case is closed.
A message was left for Holland at his parents' home in Duluth, Ga.
Martin said that Holland "made a serious error in judgment." The coach said the university would have no further comment.
Conboy said he was uncertain whether the incident occurred at the Scheels store in west Omaha or in the Scheels' vendor tent across the street from TD Ameritrade Park.
Conboy said security personnel spotted the 19-year-old Holland and his 23-year-old brother Steven Holland about 4:20 p.m. Monday changing the price tag on merchandise. Conboy said the two attempted to purchase $32 athletic shorts with a price tag that had been attached to a $19.99 clearance item.
The men were booked for shoplifting and released after posting bond.
The pair pleaded guilty Tuesday to destruction of property, Conboy said.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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