Jeremy Sprinkle, one of the nation's top tight ends, will miss tonight's Belk Bowl for Arkansas against Virginia Tech after allegedly shoplifting from a... wait for it... Belk store.
Earlier today, Arkansas announced that Sprinkle would be out for his final game as a Razorback due to suspension.
Bret Bielema's full statement on Sprinkle's suspension:
“Jeremy’s suspension has been known by our staff and players for several days so we’ve had a chance to prepare our game plan accordingly. Throughout his career and this season as a graduate student-athlete, Jeremy has displayed numerous times the qualities we want to represent our program. We have standards within our family that must be upheld on a daily basis and unfortunately he failed to do that in the last week. Jeremy’s suspension isn’t drug, alcohol or violence related but one that will cause him to miss his final game as a Razorback.”
Now, SEC Country is reporting that Jeremy Sprinkle attempted to steal from a Belk store while Arkansas was there for a team event ahead of the company's eponymous bowl game in Charlotte.
Sprinkle was accused of attempting to shoplift items at the Belk department store at the SouthPark Mall in Charlotte on Wednesday, sources said. The Arkansas team was there as part of a function for the bowl.
Each player on both teams had 90 minutes to spend a $450 gift card at Belk on anything in the store. The players also each received a Fossil watch. Sources said Sprinkle attempted to take items worth more than the allotted cost available.
This one goes directly into the "you can't make this up" category.
Tonight's Belk Bowl kicks off at 5:30 p.m.