Arkansas star tight end Jeremy Sprinkle has made one of the most bone-headed decisions of the 2016 college football bowl season.
Earlier this afternoon, Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema announced that Sprinkle has been suspended for the Belk Bowl and will not play against Virginia Tech for “conduct detrimental to the team.”
Few details were provided for the reasoning behind the suspension, but Jason Kersey of SEC Country reports the suspension stems from a failed attempt to shoplift from a store. That store? Well, a Belk department store. Really man?
Players participating in the Belk Bowl receive a $450 gift card for items in the store along with a Fossil watch. Despite that, Sprinkle tried to get away with a little extra.
From the report:
Sprinkle was accused of attempting to shoplift items at the Belk department store at the SouthPark Mall in Charlotte on Wednesday, sources said. The Arkansas team was there as part of a function for the bowl.
Each player on both teams had 90 minutes to spend a $450 gift card at Belk on anything in the store. The players also each received a Fossil watch. Sources said Sprinkle attempted to take items worth more than the allotted cost available.
And that’s how Sprinkle’s collegiate career will come to an end.
The good news, if there is any silver lining in a story where you attempt to steal from the title sponsor of your bowl game, is that Sprinkle was not charged in connection with the event.
This season, Sprinkle recorded 33 catches for 380 yards and four touchdowns.
The Belk Bowl between Arkansas and Virginia Tech at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte is set to kickoff at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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