Former Clemson defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko continued to have a rough summer, as David Hood of TigerNet reported that he was arrested for assault Friday, stemming from an alleged incident at an off-campus party in March. Said incident is being referred to as a “mob assault.”
Ogundeko was arrested and released on his own recognizance on bond.
The worst of it is that rather than learning from this experience and trying to move forward from it, Ogundeko is acting immature and seemingly refusing to take any responsibility. In a tweet that has since been deleted, Ogundeko said “I dead [expletive] hate cops.”
That is almost certain to make things worse for Ogundeko, who was dismissed from Clemson in May after being charged with a single count of financial transaction fraud. Allegedly, Ogundeko managed to get another credit card’s magnetic strip onto the back of his own, which he subsequently used. He later announced his intention to transfer to FCS program Tennessee State, but these new charges could put that up in the air for now.
Either way, Ogundeko has nobody to blame but himself for his actions. College football isn’t like high school, where getting in trouble will likely just get one a slap on the wrist and maybe a benching for a quarter. In college, student athletes are treated like adults and are expected to behave as such. For all intents and purposes, they are public figures and are held to a higher standard of behavior.
Most players make this adjustment without an issue, but others, Ogundeko included, have a harder time and then find themselves in non-ideal positions.
Campus Sports will update Ogundeko’s story as more information becomes available.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to TigerNet