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UCLA suspends Jerime Anderson

Posted on: July 27, 2011 6:08 pm
By Matt Norlander

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.

"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.
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.

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.

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Category: NCAAB

Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 7:56 pm

UCLA suspends Jerime Anderson

Kid - You are correct.  I totally forgot about those darned NCAA transfer rules.  Who is going to play in place of Anderson this year?  Forgive me, as I moved from the west coast many years ago and don't follow the PAC 12 as much as I use to.

Since: Oct 10, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2011 6:59 pm

UCLA suspends Jerime Anderson

FYI, Larry Drew II is not eligible to play this coming season; he has to sit out this season after transferring from UNC. Jerime Anderson is a senior this year, so he will be gone by the time LDII is eligible to play.

Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:40 pm

UCLA suspends Jerime Anderson

Well it looks like LD II will get some playing time after all.  I am certain his mother had something to do with Anderson's arrest.

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 5:41 am

UCLA suspends Jerime Anderson

And  maybe, just maybe they will get enough out of that education to know that it is spelled "Salary"!

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:59 pm

UCLA suspends Jerime Anderson

 So called student-athletes receive a free education, so now you want to give them laptops too? Where does it end? How about cars? or apartments? Since they dont have time to work, give them a salery. Whats 4 years at UCLA worth? If athletes can't get by on a free education, let them get a damn job.

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:39 pm

UCLA suspends Jerime Anderson

You seem to be sure that the theft of a computer means that the thief wanted the computer – not that he would sell or fence such a high-dollar item.

You also sound curiously like Sharpton, Jackson, et al in making excuses for criminals and pretending they deserve to be given the things most people have to work for.


Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:56 am

UCLA suspends Jerime Anderson

The NCAA should allow schools to buy every student/athlete a laptop computer.  Not every student on scholarship gets a computer, but some get Pell grants and all are allowed to earn outside income.   Not all will use the laptops to study, but welcome to the real world.

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