Huskies linebacker suspended from UW football program after arrest

By: David Solano

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University of Washington star linebacker Azeem Victor was suspended indefinitely from the team on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

The senior was arrested for driving under the influence. 

And this is the second time Victor has been suspended this season. He missed the season opener against Rutgers for an undisclosed reason.

"It's a pretty big shocker,” Brandon Gabor, a University of Washington sophomore, said. 

According to King County Jail records, Victor was booked early Sunday morning for DUI and then released a few hours later.

Huskies head football coach Chris Petersen released this statement: "We take these matters very seriously, and have suspended Azeem from our team indefinitely as we continue to gather details about this incident."

"He's a good coach. He's an honorable man,” said Sara Moonka, a junior at UW, regarding Petersen’s decision to suspend Victor. “He's like, 'I'm not gonna take that from one of my players.' I respect that."

The students at University of Washington are just crushed to hear the news about Victor. Here's a player who entered the year as a preseason All-American. The students know just what he meant to the Husky football program.

"I think he's one of the leaders on the team for sure, especially on defense,” Noah Thompson, a UW sophomore, said. “He's like the Jake Browning [Washington’s starting quarterback] of defense I guess."

"He's one of the best in the Pac-12, and one of the best in the nation at what he does,” said Gabor.

"It's his last year [and you hate to see this happen]. He should be playing [right now],” said Moonka. “He should be thinking about like a future in the NFL, but instead this happens." 

And it happened to a player that at one point was projected to be picked very high in the 2018 NFL draft. 

But with all of these off the field issues, that's now in question.

 


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