The UCLA Bruins have indefinitely suspended senior guard Jerime Anderson.
The announcment was made Wednesday afternoon on the heels of Anderson's arrest Tuesday night. What's certain is Anderson will be out for the team's opener, on Nov. 11, a home game against Loyola Marymount.
Here's the entirety of the school's statement, which details Anderson getting cuffed Tuesday night on campus:
UCLA men's basketball player Jerime Anderson has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities and at least the 2011-12 season-opener against Loyola Marymount (Nov. 11) following his arrest Tuesday (July 26) evening. Anderson, a senior point guard, was arrested on campus by University Police and was charged with suspicion of grand theft in connection with the theft of a laptop.Another stolen-laptop case. What is it with college athletes and this affliction? Anderson, who averaged 5.1 points per game last season, is one of the most reliable 3-point shooters Howland has.
"This is a disappointing and unfortunate situation for Jerime," said head coach Ben Howland. "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's status with the team will be re-evaluated as the legal process continues.
What's interesting to point out in this case is Howland's immediate reaction to the arrest. Unlike, say, Jim Boeheim, who has chosen to lay low while Fab Melo's legal battle drifts out over a domestic disturbance case. Some coaches choose to make decisions immediately. I give credit to Howland for going with this choice first and leaving almost every possibility for further punishment open. Not an easy -- or even necessary -- call to make right now. But Howland, who is on the recruiting trail as we speak, made the decision immediately.
Consider it a message from afar that was heard loud and clear by all of his players.