UCLA basketball: Jerime Anderson suspended after arrest for stealing laptop
UCLA senior point guard Jerime Anderson was suspended for at least the Bruins' season opener after being arrested Tuesday evening by campus police and charged with suspicion of grand theft in connection with the theft of a laptop computer.
Anderson, a backup last season who averaged 5.1 points and 2.6 assists, has been barred from all team activities and could sit out additional games as a result of his arrest, according to a statement released by UCLA. He will miss the Bruins' game against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 11 at the Sports Arena, and his status with the team will be re-evaluated as the legal process unfolds.
"This is a disappointing and unfortunate situation for Jerime," UCLA Coach Ben Howland said in a statement. "We have a high standard and code of conduct that our student-athletes are expected to follow. He knows that he has made a huge mistake and that he has not represented himself, our program or UCLA in a manner that is required."
[UPDATE: Anderson was arrested on campus after a tracking device on the MacBook Pro valued at $1,541 helped its owner lead police to Anderson, said Nancy Greenstein, a spokeswoman for UCLA Police. Anderson was booked at the West Hollywood Sheriff's Station and released on $20,000 bail.]
Photo: UCLA point guard Jerime Anderson defends during a game against Cal State Los Angeles on Nov. 9. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times