Lea, a 6-foot-2, 272 pound freshman from New Orleans, Louisiana, was booked at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary in the first degree and unlawful imprisonment.
According to two sources, Lea is alleged to have used an airsoft or pellet type gun to intimidate one of his ASU football teammates.
ASU released the following statement to SunDevilSource.com through an athletic department spokesperson:
"Freshman football player George Lea has been indefinitely suspended from the Arizona State University football program after an incident that occurred Monday night on the Tempe campus involving a BB gun. ASU football players are held to high standards and are expected to exercise good discipline and judgment on and off the field. The ASU Police Department and the Dean of Students are investigating the matter and will take appropriate action, as warranted, once all the facts are gathered."
Lea enrolled at ASU in January after graduating early from Landry-Walker High school.
During spring football, Lea frequently received second team reps and was mentioned by ASU head coach Todd Graham as an impressive newcomer.
Lea's arrest is the second of ASU's 2015 signing class and follows on the heels of highly touted junior college linebacker Davon Durant's arrest in March. Durant pleaded guilty to a single count of disorderly conduct last month. It remains unclear whether he will be allowed by the school's dead of students to remain at the university and Durant continues to be suspended indefinitely by the football program.
Prior to the incidents involving Durant and Lea, ASU had experienced a long run under Graham without any player arrests or other legal issues.