Arizona receiver Samajie Grant was cited and released for suspicion of DUI early Saturday morning, and football coach Rich Rodriguez promptly released a statement by Saturday evening expressing his disappointment in the sophomore
From the Arizona Daily Star:
"We were notified earlier today of an issue involving Samajie Grant. After communicating with Samajie, local law enforcement and our athletics administration, we've decided that the appropriate form of action is to make sure Samajie receives counseling and takes part in community-service activities," Rodriguez said. "We're disappointed in Samajie's decision-making, but we expect this to be an isolated incident and he won't be starting in the Pac-12 Championship game."
Grant was pulled over near North Campbell Avenue and East Sixth Street because his license plate lights were not working. The officer who cited the Arizona receiver also noticed signs of a potentially impaired driver. The officer smelled marijuana when he pulled Grant over. Grant was cooperative with police but failed a field sobriety test. He was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, two minor in posession of liquor charges (a standard charge and an additional one for Grant's driving) and driving without a license.
"We're aware of the issue regarding Samajie Grant. We've been in contact with Samajie and local law enforcement has informed us that he was cooperative during the process," Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne told the Star: "We're extremely disappointed in Samajie and he will be undergoing counseling and taking part in community service as a result of his actions."
Grant caught two touchdowns in Arizona's 42-35 win against Arizona State. He finished with four catches for 91 yards.