Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Jerime Anderson arrested, suspended
By Peter Yoon ESPNLosAngeles.com
UCLA senior guard Jerime Anderson has been suspended from the men's basketball team indefinitely following his arrest Tuesday in connection with a stolen laptop, the school announced Wednesday.
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Anderson, a 6-2 backup point guard for the Bruins, was arrested by campus police Tuesday evening and charged with suspicion of grand theft. According to the L.A. County Sherriff's website, Anderson was charged with a felony and is scheduled to appear in municipal court Thursday at 4 p.m. His bail was set at $20,000.
"This is a disappointing and unfortunate situation for Jerime," coach Ben Howland said in a statement. "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 averaged 5.0 points and 2.6 assists for the Bruins last season and emerged as a key player off the bench as the team's sixth man. At the season-ending banquet, he was awarded two awards: one for competitive spirit, inspiration and unselfish contributions and another as most improved player.
UCLA's statement said that Anderson's status with the team would be evaluated as the legal process continues.
Peter Yoon covers UCLA for ESPNLosAngeles.com.