UI football player arrested

UI football player arrested

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois redshirt freshman defensive tackle Lere Oladipo was arrested early Sunday morning in Champaign by University of Illinois police and booked on preliminary charges of domestic battery.

Oladipo was suspended indefinitely for a violation of team and DIA rules early Sunday evening.

“I am aware of an alleged incident involving Lere Oladipo early this morning,” Illinois coach Lovie Smith said in a statement. “We will continue to follow DIA policy on reviewing and responding to such actions.”

Per information obtained from University of Illinois police department spokesman Patrick Wade, Oladipo, 20, was arrested at 1:03 a.m. Sunday in a University of Illinois parking lot in the 100 block of East Peabody Drive.

Police initially were called by someone who heard a woman screaming and observed a man, later identified as Oladipo, forcing her into a car. The arriving officers observed that the woman had a minor injury to her lip. Oladipo was then arrested and taken to the Champaign County Jail.

The incident remains under investigation.

Oladipo was released on $1,000 bond at 10:30 a.m. Sunday and will have his criminal arraignment at 1:30 p.m. Monday. The state’s attorney’s office will decide Monday what, if any charges, to file.

Illinois played at Maryland on Saturday afternoon. Oladipo traveled with the team and had one tackle in the Illini’s 63-33 loss. After redshirting the 2017 season, the Huntley native has appeared in four games this season.

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