Stanford fined for giving impermissible benefits to former WR

The Stanford Cardinal are usually one of the more upstanding football programs in the country. However, it seems they made a pretty big mistake a few years ago and they have been slapped with a fine from the NCAA because of it.

On Thursday, the NCAA announced that the Cardinal had given upwards of $3,500 in impermissible benefits to former wide receiver Devon Cajuste. It was reported that he had received the money from his landlord, violating NCAA rules.

“In the summer of 2014, the university discovered that one student-athlete had received impermissible benefits from his landlord in violation of NCAA rules,” read a statement from Stanford. “The university self-reported the violation to the NCAA and deemed the student-athlete ineligible. The conditions for reinstating the student-athlete included the student-athlete paying the value of the impermissible benefits to charity and serving a one-game suspension.”

Because of this violation, Cajuste was suspended one game in 2014 and was forced to repay the entire amount of the benefits. The school was also fined $5,000.

“I am the student-athlete involved in the violation,” Cajuste, who went undrafted in April before signing with the Green Bay Packers, confirmed in a statement. “I unknowingly accepted impermissible benefits from my summer landlord. I look forward to moving on from this incident and to supporting my alma mater for many years to come.”

In four years with the Cardinal, 1,589 yards and 14 touchdowns on 90 receptions.

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