Memphis safety Shaun Rupert kicked off team, arrested for robbery

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - University of Memphis senior safety Shaun Rupert is off the team after being arrested for robbery and burglary.

The incident happened in May, according to Memphis Police Department.

Police said Rupert and another man were armed with handguns when they forced a man into his own bedroom and demanded money. The two are also accused of stealing two watches, an XBox, and an Apple Macbook.

The victim later told police he saw his watches and Macbook being sold on a website called Offer Up. The seller's name was Shaunquez Rupert.

Rupert was arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, and possessing a firearm during a dangerous felony.

Memphis Athletics then booted Rupert from the football team.

"Shaun Rupert has been dismissed from the University of Memphis football team for a violation of team rules. This matter will also be reviewed by the Office of Student Accountability, Outreach and Support for violations of the UofM Student Code of Conduct. No additional comments will be made while the investigation is ongoing."

Rupert played an important role in all three of the Tigers games this year, notching 12 tackles and an interception against Southern Illinois.

Rupert sustained an injury in the Tigers' last game, so he wasn't expecting to play against UCF. Still, his friends and family did not expect the Tigers' homecoming game to be Rupert's last.

"I could not see anybody with that much responsibility do such an act like that. I mean I am a little speechless," Memphis freshman Wesley Nicholson said.

"That's crazy you just really never know what kind of double life people are leading.You know? You just really don't know what they are doing behind closed doors," Memphis junior Chad Baker said.

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