Sunday, December 31
Whitley kicked off team after arrest

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan captain James Whitley has been dismissed from the team after his arrest on a concealed weapon charge.

Whitley was arraigned on Thursday and freed on a $10,000 personal bond until a preliminary hearing Dec. 27 in a Washtenaw County court.

The 21-year-old cornerback was arrested Thursday morning on the charge, Ann Arbor police said.

Whitley is a four-year letterman and a three-year starter. He is fifth on the team in tackles this season and has one interception.

He would have had his last opportunity to play this season on New Year's Day when No. 16 Michigan plays Auburn in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

The university issued a statement announcing the dismissal by coach Lloyd Carr. "The university will continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident," the statement said.

Ann Arbor police Sgt. Michael Logghe told The Ann Arbor News that a woman reported her apartment being broken into by her ex-boyfriend at 4 a.m. Thursday. Officers stopped two men as they walked away from the apartment, he said.

They were later identified as Whitley and another Michigan football player who was not arrested or charged. Officers found a loaded handgun inside Whitley's jacket pocket, Logghe said.

The university did not immediately say if any action was contemplated against the second player.

Whitley told police that his teammate asked him to come to his ex-girlfriend's apartment, and he thought there could be trouble so he brought the gun, Logghe said. HELP | ADVERTISER INFO | CONTACT US | TOOLS | SITE MAP
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