MIAMI -- Miami cornerback Antrel Rolle won't be tried for
allegedly striking a police officer, and was reinstated to the team.
Coach Larry Coker had indefinitely suspended Rolle after his
"I am extremely pleased that there has been a positive
resolution to the issue," Coker said in a statement Monday, adding that Rolle's reinstatement was effective immediately.
Assistant State Attorney Michael Grieco said that while the
arrest was "valid," Rolle's "post-arrest contrition and lack of
criminal history" led to the decision to drop the case. The
physical contact between Rolle and the officer was "merely
incidental," Grieco said.
Rolle -- whose father is chief of police in nearby Homestead --
also participated in a ride-along with Miami-Dade County police
"during active nightlife hours," gaining an appreciation for
officers' work, Grieco said.
According to a police complaint, Rolle was involved in a street fight
near campus earlier this month and resisted arrest,
cursing and swinging his arms in an attempt to free himself and
forcing officers to call for backup help.
Along with the felony charge, Rolle was charged with disorderly
conduct and resisting an officer without violence, both
misdemeanors. He was suspended indefinitely from the team after the
University spokesman Rick Korch said Monday that Rolle will be
reinstated, though he was not sure when.
Rolle was in court Monday with family members, including his
father. They left the courtroom quickly without comment. Last
season, Rolle was second on the team with two interceptions and
finished sixth on the team with 47 tackles.
Miami last week decided to admit star recruit Willie Williams, a
6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker who had not disclosed his lengthy
arrest record when he agreed to join the Hurricanes. The school
said Williams would have to abide by several special academic
Williams pleaded no contest earlier this summer in two separate
incidents that occurred during a recruiting trip to the University
of Florida. He was charged with setting off fire extinguishers at
his hotel and a misdemeanor battery charge for hugging a woman