Arrested CB Adams suspended indefinitely by No. 13 UCLA
Sep. 02, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA suspended cornerback Ishmael Adams indefinitely on Tuesday following his arrest last weekend on suspicion of felony robbery.
Coach Jim Mora announced the suspension after practice on campus for the 13th-ranked Bruins, who open their season Saturday at the Rose Bowl against Virginia.
"As a football coach, as a parent, you hate to see young men get themselves into bad situations," Mora said.
The redshirt junior was arrested early Sunday morning after allegedly taking a phone from an Uber driver.
Adams' bail was set at $100,000, and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department records indicate Adams was released from custody Tuesday morning. His next court date is scheduled for Sept. 22.
Mora said the Bruins have a responsibility "to represent the highest ideals and moral values. Unfortunately ... when they do make a mistake, it's magnified. It tarnishes their reputation, and certainly tarnishes to some extent the reputation of this program."
Adams has started every game in the past two seasons for the Bruins, making the All-Pac-12 team last season despite his undersized 5-foot-8 frame. He also returned kicks and punts for UCLA, repeatedly coming up with big returns.
Mora declined to provide any timetable for Adams' return.
"As facts become available, then we'll make our decisions as we go," Mora said.
Adams likely would have played extensively for the Bruins again this season, although UCLA doesn't release a preseason depth chart. Marcus Rios has been competing with Adams for a starting spot at cornerback opposite Fabian Moreau, which could have made Adams into the Bruins' nickel back.
Adams' teammates largely declined to speak about his absence after practice, but expressed support.
"You never want that to happen to your teammate," offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch said. "But life goes on. We've got to play this game, and we wish the best for him."
Adams is the son of Stefon Adams, who played most of his five NFL seasons with the Los Angeles Raiders. Ishmael Adams was an elite recruit for UCLA as a defensive back out of nearby Woodland Hills, California.