University of Arkansas football player Jeremy Sprinkle was suspended for shoplifting at a Belk department store, days before playing in the Belk Bowl.
Sprinkle, a senior tight end, saw his college career come to an abrupt halt after the team suspended him from playing in his final college game. He was scheduled to play in the Belk Bowl on Thursday in Charlotte, N.C., but he got stealing out of an actual Belk store on Tuesday. Adding insult to injury, Sprinkle, as well as his teammates, was given a $450 gift card to splurge with.
Reports say that he attempted to take $260 worth of merchandise. The among the items Sprinkle is being accused of stealing are a Polo shirt, Nike socks and two wallets. He was arrested and booked on unlawful concealment charges.
Sprinkle is 6’6 and 256 pounds, so odds are he was going to be noticed stealing, even if he wasn’t a football player. We’re guessing he felt insulted by only getting a $450 gift card to play in a game where the school and Belk stood to make millions off.
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema addressed the suspension saying, “Throughout his career and this season as a graduate student-athlete, Jeremy has displayed numerous times the qualities we want to represent our program. We have standards within our family that must be upheld on a daily basis, and unfortunately he failed to do that in the last week.”