Reaction To Shaun Rupert's Dismissal From Memphis Tigers Following Criminal Charges

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - A University of Memphis starting football player has been kicked off the Tigers team after being arrested on burglary, robbery, and weapons charges.

Senior safety, Shaun Rupert, is accused of stealing jewelry and electronics from an apartment in the 500 block of Brister Street in May. The victim, a U of M student, told police he was too scared to report it at the time, but did when he saw the stolen items for sale online.

According to the police report, the victim says Shaun Rupert and another man pushed their way into his apartment near the U of M campus on May 25th. Both men reportedly had guns, and stole two watches, an Xbox, and a computer. According to the report, Rupert admitted to the crime after he was arrested Thursday.

 

"It's not cool to steal. It's definitely not cool to steal or you know, hold a gun to somebody's head,” says Nicolas Beard, a neighbor & University of Memphis student. "He deserves whatever comes his way you know."

 

The apartment where the crime happened is now empty. We're told the victim moved out shortly after the incident.

 

"He's a cool enough dude you know. He doesn't say a whole lot. Whenever he comes by you know he says hi,” says Beard.

 

The report says Rupert and the other suspect forced the victim into the bathtub and held a gun to his head.

 

Several items were stolen. The victim told police the suspects threatened to kill him if he told. But the victim reported the crime this week after seeing his stolen property for sale online.

 

"When you make a mistake like that, there are consequences to pay,” says Tigers fan Victor Jones. "I'm hoping for the best from what he'll learn from his major mistake."

 

"Just being stupid,” says Beard.

 

University of Memphis Athletics released the following statement: 

Shaun Rupert has been dismissed from the University of Memphis football team for a violation of team rules. This matter will also be reviewed by the Office of Student Accountability, Outreach and Support for violations of the UofM Student Code of Conduct. No additional comments will be made while the investigation is ongoing.   

 

This isn't the first time Shaun Rupert has been in trouble with the law. He was arrested on misdemeanor drug charges in 2014 when he played for the University of Missouri.

 


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