BYU linebacker Sione Takitaki was charged with two counts of misdemeanor theft on Wednesday after he allegedly stole athletic equipment from the soccer and track teams while he worked as a custodian over the summer.
University Police allege that the 6’2”, 240-pound sophomore from Fontana, California stole the athletic apparel on July 10.
The school is aware of the situation and have yet to rule on any disciplinary measures just yet.
“We are aware of the situation, and it is being reviewed,” BYU football spokesman Brett Pyne said Tuesday afternoon (h/t Jay Drew of The Salt Lake Tribune). “It will be addressed appropriately.”
Takitaki is coming off a freshman season in which he recorded 19 tackles and three sacks. He was set to contend for a starting spot at outside linebacker. Coach Bronco Mendenhall went so far as to say Takitaki was one of the two best pass rushers on the team on Wednesday.
His arraignment is scheduled for August 27. This is Takitaki’s second mishap at BYU, as he was kicked off the team for several days last summer following his involvement in a fight in the campus dorms.