Jeremy Sprinkle, a tight end for the Arkansas Razorbacks, was suspended from playing in the Belk Bowl after being accused of shoplifting — from Belk.
The senior was accused of attempting to take items at the Belk department store at the SouthPark Mall in Charlotte on Tuesday worth more than the $450 allotment players were given during a 90-minute shopping spree, SEC Country reported.
"The irony is deep and thick with this one," NBC Sports' John Taylor wrote. Sprinkle was not charged in the incident, according to Taylor.
"Jeremy’s suspension has been known by our staff and players for several days so we’ve had a chance to prepare our game plan accordingly," coach Bret Bielema said in a statement. "Throughout his career and this season as a graduate student-athlete, Jeremy has displayed numerous times the qualities we want to represent our program. We have standards within our family that must be upheld on a daily basis and unfortunately he failed to do that in the last week. Jeremy’s suspension isn’t drug, alcohol, or violence related but one that will cause him to miss his final game as a Razorback."
Sprinkle is ending his first season as a starter with 33 receptions for 380 yards and four touchdowns, Al.com noted. This is the last season of his collegiate career.
The Belk Bowl kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Thursday against Virginia Tech.
Sprinkle was criticized on social media.
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