It was announced Friday that Washington has dismissed cornerback Naijiel Hale from the program for disciplinary reasons, as Christian Caple of the Huskies Insider Blog reports.
Washington coach Chris Petersen announced at his Friday press conference that Hale is no longer on the team
“We wish Naijiel the best,” Petersen said (via Huskies Insider Blog), offering no further details
Hale appeared in all 14 games for the Huskies last season, while starting two games. He is coming off a season in which he recorded 12 tackles and two pass deflections as a true freshman
The 5’10”, 175-pound sophomore is the son of the late-rapper Nate Dogg. Hale is a former four-star recruit according to 247sports. He was vying to start at cornerback alongside starter Sidney Jones.
Hale went on Instagram to confirm the news:
“I would like to announce that I will be taking my football career elsewhere and thank the university of Washington for everything they’ve taught me,” Hale wrote on the social media site. “I Thank you coach Lake and Coach Peterson for being there for me and understanding everything that I go through. Nobody in this world will understand my life yet I’m still moving forward. I’m so thankful to play and start many games as a True Freshmen in the PAC-12 and those memories will stick with me forever. New chapter ahead…. Ride with me.”