TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – It’s another black eye for the USF football program as another player finds himself in trouble with the law.
This time, it’s 21-year-old, senior tight end Adrian Palmore.
Palmore was arrested by Temple Terrace cops early Monday evening at the International House of Pancakes on Morris Bridge Road.
In the arrest report obtained by News Channel 8, officers say Palmore tried to pay for a meal with a credit card that the victim, Rigoberto Torres Meza, claimed was stolen.
Before the meal was served, police say the victim contacted the restaurant, telling them the card had been stolen after his bank told him that someone tried to use the card.
The report went on to say that Palmore had initially said a friend gave him the card. Palmore then admitted he took the card after finding it at school and decided to use it “due to being hungry.”
The University of South Florida Athletics Department released the following statement to News Channel 8 on Thursday morning:
“We are aware of the situation and are in the process of collecting information. The student-athlete has been removed from participation in team activities at this time.”
Palmore is a walk on player with the Bulls who played one game last season.
Word about the arrest spread quickly on campus.
Rich, who brought his freshman daughter to campus Thursday was far from pleased. “I’m disappointed in the poor judgment that some of these students are making,” he told News Channel 8.
His daughter, Lauren, is now concerned about the school that she will soon attend.
“If a football player messes up that hurts a school’s reputation,” Lauren said.
We wanted to know if football players should be held to a higher standard. Rich told us, “An athlete? I think they should all be held to the same standard. If other students can behave, why can’t an athlete?”
Senior Taylor Bowen agrees. “I feel like they should be held to a higher standard since they represent the University,” she told News Channel 8.
Back in May, USF junior defensive end LaDarrius Jackson was charged with forcing two different women to have sex with him on two separate occasions in a matter of five weeks.
In one of those cases, investigators say, they linked Jackson’s DNA with the accuser. Jackson was later sacked from the team.
During his first appearance in court, Judge Nancy Taylor made headlines herself when she ripped not only into Jackson but Head Football Coach Charlie Strong for essentially not keeping his players in check and questioning his ability to lead the team. The judge said she was embarrassed to call herself a USF alumni Jackson was also later cut from the team.
In March, defensive back Hassan Childs was arrested in connection with an apparent road rage incident. Childs was arrested on charges of assault and marijuana possession. He wound up with two gunshot wounds after police say he followed a family in their mini-van and the father driving the van shot him because he claimed he was in fear for his life and his family. Childs was also kicked off the team.
Three players, three crimes, and a student body caught in the middle.
“I’d definitely like to see justice served because no matter what, a crime is a crime,” Lauren told News Channel 8.
Palmore was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card and petty theft. He bonded out of the Hillsborough County Jail the following day on $750 bail.
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