The Hawaii football program has dismissed junior defensive tackle Kennedy Tulimasealii for violating the university’s code of conduct. According to the Honolulu Advertiser, “any student-athlete convicted of or pleading guilty or no contest to a felony charge shall be permanently dismissed from the team.”
Tulimasealii pleaded no contest to six charges stemming from an arrest earlier this year.
One of those charges was a felony accusation for property damage.
“We hope that Kennedy will continue his college education and work toward receiving his degree. He will always be a part of the Rainbow Warrior ʻohana and we hope that his recent troubles do not define his life,” UH athletic director David Matlin said in statement.
It is a devastating loss for the Warriors, as Tulimasealii was one of the most talented defenders on the roster.
Last season, Tulimasealii recorded 63 tackles (18.5 for loss), three sacks and eight quarterback hurries.