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BREAKING: Three UA football players arrested for trespassing

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Carmen Valencia | The Daily Wildcat

University of Arizona football helmets sit in a row before the start of the press conference to introduce head football coach, Kevin Sumlin. 

Arizona football players Jamarye Joiner, Darrius Smith and Dayven Coleman were arrested for second degree criminal trespassing at Arizona Stadium early on the morning of Oct. 23. All were cited and released, according to a University of Arizona Police Department report. 

Coleman, a freshman defensive back, was additionally charged with the possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. 

In a statement, Arizona Athletics said that they are aware of the arrests and each student-athlete is "subject to team disciplinary action." Specifically, Coleman will serve a one-game suspension. The incident has been referred to Dean of Students for review under the university‚Äôs Student Code of Conduct.

Joiner, Smith and Coleman were not made available for comment.

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The three players were found sitting together in section 105 by a UAPD officer at 12:45 a.m. as the officer was conducting an area check of the football field. The stadium is closed to the public during late-night hours, and UA has a zero tolerance policy for trespassing in the stadium. The players said they were unaware of this rule during questioning.

According police report, the officer could smell fresh marijuana in the area where the football players were sitting. None of the players showed symptoms of marijuana use and the substance had not been burnt when the officer examined it. 

While being questioned, Coleman admitted to bringing the marijuana to the stadium. He will have to appear in court. 

Joiner, a freshman quarterback, has appeared in two games during the 2018 season. Smith, a freshman running back, has 15 carries, 62 yards and a touchdown in two games as a Wildcat. 

On Nov. 12, during a regularly scheduled press conference, head coach Kevin Sumlin said that he was notified "almost immediately" of the incident by one of the players.

Sumlin also said they've been able to address the situation with the players' families and players have been disciplined internally.


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