Purdue coach Danny Hope laid down the law on Wednesday, sending the message to his football team that three arrests in one year is acceptable, but a fourth is going too far. Just kidding.
Hope dismissed Dwayne Beckford from the team on Wednesday two days after the senior linebacker and team’s second-leading tackler a year ago was arrested for the fourth time in 14 months. Police arrested Beckford a week after they went to his apartment because of a verbal argument he had with a female acquaintance, the Journal & Courier reports.
Beckford turned himself into police on Monday after learning there were outstanding warrants for his arrest. He was charged with two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of a synthetic drug. What was the synthetic drug, you ask? Bath salts, which reportedly were found in his bedroom.
It appears as if Beckford was going for some sort of collegiate athlete record for arrests. Beckford has been arrested four times since last June, which is when he was charged for a misdemeanor related to a hit-and-run incident.
In December, Beckford was arrested for drunken driving and possession of marijuana. The New Jersey-native was suspended for the team’s bowl game and kicked out of school, but he had been taking classes elsewhere in hopes of rejoining the team.
It’s nice to see that Hope is taking such a harsh stance in opposition to this sort of tomfoolery. Nobody gets arrested five times on his watch!