Two Kennesaw State football players were arrested on Wednesday night, stemming from an armed robbery incident. Akebren Ralls and Jai'len Edwards have been charged with one felony, and several misdemeanors each. The two now-former Owls players were denied bail.
Two other men are involved in the alleged armed robbery. Neither is a Kennesaw State student. Rall and Edwards were each scholarship players for the FCS program based in Georgia.
Both players have been kicked off the team, according to school athletics director Milton Overton. From FOX 5 Atlanta:
"We are deeply disappointed in the actions of these two young men," Overton was quoted as saying in a release sent to FOX 5 news. "We are one team and one KSU. As such, it is a privilege to compete in intercollegiate athletics at Kennesaw State and we expect our student-athletes to represent the University, alumni, and supporters with the class, honor, and integrity they deserve."
Kennesaw State football was quick to make a decision on the two players.
Luckily, there were no injuries involved in the robbery, per the FOX 5 report. Both players were defensive backs on the team.
Ralls, a redshirt junior, played in all 14 games for the Owls. He recorded 39 total tackles, intercepted a team-high three passes, forced two fumbles, and led the team with 12 pass break-ups.
He was likely set to be one of the top players on Kennesaw State's roster this season as a senior. He is originally form Forsyth, Georgia.
Jai'len Edwards just finished up his redshirt freshman season. Through two years, he has not made a significant contribution on the field for the Owls.
So far, local police have not released the names of the other two people involved in the alleged robbery. According to the report, the group that featured Ralls and Edwards did know those who have accused them of the crime.