VCU point guard Briante Weber was suspended for the Rams' season-opener against Tennessee and an exhibition game for violation of team rules, according to an ESPN.com report on Saturday.
The 6-foot-2 senior guard was reportedly charged with misdemeanor petit larceny by VCU police after stealing an iPhone 5 at VCU's Cary Street Gym on July 24, according to a report in the Richmond Times Dispatch. A hearing is set for Sept. 25.
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"Briante has failed to live up to the standards we've set for our program and we are holding him accountable," head coach Shaka Smart said in a statement. "Part of his discipline includes missed competition. We expect that Briante will act according to the standards of our program moving forward."
The 21-year-old averaged 9.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.5 steals last season for the Rams (26-9), who lost to Stephen F. Austin in the round of 64 of the NCAA tournament.
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