4 Auburn Football Players Arrested

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By Morgan Hightower

Four Auburn University football players were arrested on Friday.

20-year-old Antonio M. Goodwin, 19-year-old Kowaski Q. Kitchens, 22-year-old Michael A. McNeil, and 19-year-old Harrison D. Mosley were all arrested just before 12:30 a.m., when officers responded to a home in the 2300 block of Wire Road in reference to a robbery.

According to the five victims present, three men entered the residence with one displaying a handgun. Police say they got away with personal property. No injuries were reported. A patrolman responding to the area observed what he believed to be the suspect vehicle based on a description he was given. Officers stopped the vehicle in the 1200 block of Wire Road and four suspects were taken into custody.

A pistol and the stolen property was recovered at the scene. The men are charged with five counts of first degree robbery, one count of first degree burglary, and one count of third degree theft of property.

Goodwin, Kitchens, McNeil, and Mosley were transported to the Lee County Detention Center where each is being held on a $511,000 bond.

Meanwhile, all four have been dismissed from the football team.

Head Coach Gene Chizik Statement:

"The players arrested in connection with this deeply troubling incident have been permanently dismissed from our football team. While we realize the legal process will run its course and these young men have a right for their case to be heard, playing for Auburn University is an honor and a privilege. It is not a right.

"We hold our student-athletes to a high standard of conduct on and off the field as representatives of Auburn University, and this kind of behavior is not tolerated.

"I am extremely disappointed and embarrassed by the actions of these individuals. I want to personally apologize to all of those who were impacted by this senseless act, including the victims, Auburn University and the Auburn family."

Athletics Director Jay Jacobs Statement

"This type of behavior will not be tolerated at Auburn. I fully support Coach Chizik's swift and decisive action to dismiss these four student-athletes from our football team effective immediately."

(Information Source: Auburn Police Department & Auburn University)

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