Tuesday, November 07, 2006

MSU football player arrested, booted from team

STARKVILLE — Freshman Keith Mills was dismissed from the Mississippi State football team today after he was arrested Monday, the school announced in a press release.

According to the news release, Mills, a wide receiver from Alexandria, La., was charged with burglary and uttering forgery. The news release said the alleged theft involved another athlete who lives in the same residence hall as Mills.

“I have permanently dismissed Keith Mills from the football team," coach Sylvester Croom said in a statement released by the school "Although I understand that young people make mistakes, Keith's actions were completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our program.”

Mills, who did not play in any of State’s first nine games this season, is at least the eighth MSU football player arrested since last spring and the second in a month. Former defensive back Adron Chambers, who was arrested on Oct. 4, was scheduled to appear in Oktibbeha County Justice Court today to answer to misdemeanor charges of simple assault and indecent exposure. Chambers was suspended from the team and has withdrawn from school.

MSU President Robert H. Foglesong said the university expects all MSU students to conduct themselves appropriately.

“We live in a small community, and we won’t tolerate infringing on the rights of another, Foglesong said in the news release. “We don’t want to just talk that talk, but we want our students to know we will walk the walk as well. We take this seriously.”

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