It looks like the Hawaii Warriors are in trouble when it comes to the state of their defensive line. Star defensive tackle Kennedy Tulimasealii was arrested on multiple charges which has led to his future being very much up in the air.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that Tulimasealii’s arrest happened Tuesday morning and stems from an incident at a Honolulu home. Tulimasealii was arrested on two counts each of domestic abuse and contempt, as well as one charge each of resisting arrest and harassment.
HawaiiNewsNow reported some strange details on the incident:
“Sources said defensive tackle Kennedy Tulimasealii was naked when officers arrived at the unit in response to an abuse of a family member case. The senior lineman began fighting with officers, sources said, and officers used pepper spray to try to subdue him. Other officers joined the struggle and took Tulimasealii to the ground as he tried to pull away, police said.”
Fellow defensive tackle Ka‘aumoana Gifford was arrested on an obstruction charge. He reportedly pushed an officer and was yelling at them to let go of Tulimasealii.
“It’s a bad deal for all the good this team has done,” head coach Nick Rolovich said. “For a couple guys to make their bad decision without thinking about the future of this football team and their teammates, it’s a sad deal.”
The school is looking further into the incident and it looks like Tulimasealii is facing possible expulsion from the university.
During the 2015 season, Kennedy Tulimasealii led the team with 18.5 tackles for loss and with 3.5 sacks.
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