PROVO, Utah – It was reported today that BYU sophomore linebacker, Sione Takitaki has been suspended for the remainder of the 2015-16 season. Takitaki was suspended by head coach Bronco Mendenhall for a violation of team rules.
BYUSN has confirmed Bronco Mendenhall has suspended LB Sione Takitaki for the remainder of the season for violation of team rules. #BYU
— BYU Sports Nation (@BYUSportsNation) October 22, 2015
Unfortunately, when you look back at Takitaki’s career so far for the Cougars, the suspension doesn’t seem all that surprising. Jay Drew of The Salt Lake Tribune posts a thorough recap of Takitaki’s issues since joining the program in his report on today’s news.
Drew passes on that Takitaki was suspended for BYU’s first game of the season against Nebraska—the game that gave us this, by the way—after he was charged with two counts of misdemeanor theft in July. Apparently the linebacker stole apparel while working as a school janitor.
“According to a BYU campus police report, Takitaki stole a “one-of-a-kind” track jacket and some soccer clothing while working as a janitor for the school and was identified through surveillance video,” Drew wrote. “He returned the stolen items and cooperated with the investigation.”
Takitaki recently pled guilty—taking a plea deal—to one count of class B misdemeanor from that incident. The other charge was dropped, per reports.
Also according to Drew’s write-up, the BYU sophomore linebacker was in trouble twice during his freshman year. He was kicked off the team for fighting in the dorms during the summer before the 2014 season, but he was allowed back on after a vote. Per Drew, Takitaki was also suspended for BYU’s 2014 game against Nevada for not showing up to a practice.
Takitaki’s 2015 season will finish with a stat-line of 22 tackles (12 solo), seven tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries and 3.5 sacks in six games.
Those are very productive numbers for BYU, so it’s a shame he’ll miss the rest of the season.