ASU dismisses Jayme Otomewo, Deonte Reynolds from program following arrests

Two Arizona State players were arrested a day after the team's football banquet and each charged with one count of second degree burglary.

Two Arizona State players have been dismissed from the program following their arrests Sunday. 

Jayme Otomewo and Deonte Reynolds were booked at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office on Sunday following their arrests for one count of second degree burglary each. They are accused of stealing credit cards at an off-campus residence. 

"They've been dismissed from the program and that's about all I can say," ASU coach Todd Graham said Tuesday. "Everybody in our program is clear and understands the expectations and our standards and our values. They understand that up front."

Otomewo and Reynolds were arrested a day after the Sun Devils' season-ending football banquet which took place Saturday evening. 

Otwomewo is a 6-foot-1 sophomore defensive back from Los Angeles, Calif., where he played at Dorsey High School. He's on scholarship and a reserve player for the Sun Devils, not in the regular two-deep. Reynolds is a 6-foot-5 scholarship junior defensive tackle from Pinole, Calif., who played at Contra Costa Junior College. He is redshirting this season after being a late academic qualifier for the fall semester in his first year with ASU. 

In a message to SunDevilSource, Otomewo admitted to committing a theft of property of a female in her residence. He called the action an "impulsive decision" that is "completely outside of my character and would shock anyone who has known me since a kid." 

Otomewo went on to say that he regrets his decision and "will take on my punishment with no complaints." 

ASU is currently preparing for a Motel 6 Cactus Bowl game against West Virginia which will take place Jan. 2 at Chase Field in Phoenix. Its next practice is Tusday morning. 

Earlier this year Reynolds was involved in a fight according to Tempe police at a gathering at an American Legion hall during Halloween weekend but faced no charges. 

This is the fourth local arrest by an ASU player this year. In June, freshman defensive tackle George Lea was arrested after an incident involving several teammates and a BB gun. Lea isn't playing this season, suspended and facing a forced redshirt. In March, highly regarded junior college transfer Davon Durant was arrested following a domestic altercation with his girlfriend and subsequently suspended before transferring to Marshall. 


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