OXFORD, MISS– The University of Mississippi has officially announced the suspension of Robert Nkemdiche following his arrest at a hotel in Atlanta.
Ole Miss made that announcement Sunday, following an incident at an Atlanta hotel. Police say a window was broken, and Nkemdiche fell some four stories to the ground. Upon searching his hotel room, a few joints were found. He was then arrested and charged.
Both Coach Hugh Freeze and the defensive lineman released statements following the announcement.
Statement from Coach Freeze:
Last week, our Athletics Director and I informed Robert that he will not be joining us for the bowl game. In addition, Robert has decided to declare for the NFL Draft, and we will continue to support him as he prepares for the next chapter in his life. I look forward to sharing with NFL general managers and scouts what a unique and talented individual he is. Robert has made an immeasurable impact on our program, and we are forever indebted to him. He and his family will always be part of the Ole Miss family.
Statement from Nkemdiche:
While I wish I could have finished this journey with my team, I am grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of this program, and I am ready to begin the next phase of my life. I have learned a valuable lesson in the last week, and I look forward to showing NFL personnel that this is not representative of my true character. I want to thank my coaches, my teammates and Rebel Nation for their support these past three years, and I look forward to making them proud for years to come.