Arizona wide receiver Samajie Grant was cited on suspicion of driving under the influence Saturday morning.
Hours after helping Arizona defeat Arizona State on Friday, Grant was pulled over and failed a sobriety test. He cooperated with police, was cited and released at the scene.
Grant had four catches for 91 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez announced in a statement that Grant, the Wildcats' second-leading receiver with 40 receptions for 645 yards and five touchdowns, will not start Friday's Pac-12 championship game vs. Oregon.
“We were notified earlier today of an issue involving Samajie Grant. After communicating with Samajie, local law enforcement and our athletics administration, we’ve decided that the appropriate form of action is to make sure Samajie receives counseling and takes part in community-service activities," Rodriguez said. "We’re disappointed in Samajie’s decision-making, but we expect this to be an isolated incident and he won’t be starting in the Pac-12 Championship game."
According to police, the deputy who pulled Grant over noticed a Chevrolet Camaro with "license plate lights not working and observed behavior of a possibly impaired driver," according to Tuscon.com.
While conducting a traffic stop, the deputy observed seven people in the car. He also smelled marijuana from the car, according to Deputy Tom Peine, a spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department. Grant was identified as the driver and was asked to exit the vehicle.
After failing the field sobriety test, probable cause was found to cite and release Grant for driving under the influence of drugs, minor in possession of spirituous liquor, person under 21 in physical control of a motor vehicle with spirituous liquor, and driving without a valid operator’s license, Peine said.
- Mike Fiammetta