Ole Miss players caught stealing from hotels - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

Ole Miss players caught stealing from hotels

Ole Miss is just beginning to recover from it's loss to LSU. Now there's news of another loss. It's the loss of property from hotels where the team stayed while on the road.

"They're good kids that made a very immature decision," says Ole Miss Athletic Director Pete Boone. "It's as simple as that," he adds. "They're not bad kids," says Boone.

He confirms there are two hotels involved, including the Embassy Suites in downtown Montgomery, Alabama. It's where the team stayed while on the road at Auburn three weeks ago. Pillows and clock radios are among the items 20 players swiped from various rooms.

"I looked on the list and I don't remember seeing their names on absentee lists of classrooms or any other issues, and so it did surprise me," says Boone.

Not surprising to some on campus is their punishment. The players involved had to pay back the hotels. They were placed on "indefinite probation" from the team. But they still get to play.

"Maybe suspension should have been involved," says Ben Eisenberg.

Eisenberg closely follows Ole Miss football. After all, he's manager of the Rebel shop on campus. He believes football players sometimes get a pass.

"Oh, absolutely," says Eisenberg. "Not just football players but athletes in general," he adds.

Team officials insist the punishment fits. They add any future mistakes could lead to getting "kicked" off the team.

The players are not charged with any crime. In fact, Montgomery Police did not even know about the missing hotel property until Action News 5 told them.

The names of the players involved are not being released.

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