Idaho Vandals senior wide receiver Dezmon Epps has been suspended for this weekend’s game against the USC Trojans after he was identified as the culprit in an August shoplifting incident. KLEW TV reported Epps’ suspension on Twitter.
BREAKING: Idaho WR Dezmon Epps, suspended for Saturday's game at USC. Epps was ID'd in Aug shoplifting incident today pic.twitter.com/y2YD7y5iXh
— KLEW Sports (@KLEWSports) September 11, 2015
It was reported earlier today that Epps and several teammates were seen on security footage from the on-campus VandalStore, stealing several pieces of merchandise. Sadly, this is not the first time Epps has been in trouble. He was dismissed from the team prior to last year for what was just called a violation of team rules, but was later charged with theft. He was reinstated the following spring.
The theft from the VandalStore occurred during a time when the store was only open to football players, so this does not look good for the player who is arguably the best on the team. In Idaho’s season-opening loss to Ohio, Epps had 15 catches for 160 yards. Over the course of his time with the Vandals, he has 92 receptions for 1,140 yards and four touchdowns.
Though Epps is only suspended for the USC game at this point, it’s a near-certainty that this saga is far from over. Campus Sports will update this story as any new information becomes available.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Idaho Statesman