Report: Arkansas TE suspended for shoplifting at Belk during Belk Bowl event
Arkansas will be without senior tight end Jeremy Sprinkle when it plays Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl on Thursday.
Sprinkle reportedly was accused of shoplifting items worth more than the $450 of merchandise each player was allotted to take on a bowl-sponsored event.
Each player on both teams had 90 minutes to spend a $450 gift card at Belk on anything in the store. The players also each received a Fossil watch. Sources said Sprinkle attempted to take items worth more than the allotted cost available.
The school addressed the issue hours before kickoff:
“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 release. “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 played in 12 games this season with 33 catches for 380 yards and four touchdowns.