MARSHALL FOOTBALL: RB Grooms dismissed from team following Saturday arrest
Marshall running back Kevin Grooms, whose on-field accomplishments had been coupled with several off-the-field problems, was dismissed from the football team Saturday morning following his arrest on several charges.
According to the Western Regional Jail, Grooms, 22, was arrested Saturday on charges of misdemeanor domestic assault by threat, felony burglary and daytime breaking and entering, misdemeanor petit larceny and fleeing on foot. The jail did not know whether the charge of fleeing on foot was a felony or a misdemeanor. According to the jail, no bail or bond had been set as of Saturday morning.
Marshall’s athletic department announced Grooms’ dismissal through an emailed statement, saying he was off the team for a “violation of team rules and policies” and there would be no further comment.
This is Grooms’ third arrest since April 2013. On April 21, 2013, he was arrested on misdemeanor charges of underage consumption and obstruction. Grooms also was one of five people named in a civil suit filed in May seeking damages following a vehicle-pedestrian collision on April 21, 2013. The suit claims that on that day, Grooms was driving a Toyota Camry owned by Alyssa Rae Bartley, also named in the suit, “while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, operating said motor vehicle at excessive speed” in the 1200 block of Fourth Avenue in Huntington, when it struck Jordan Badalucco-Crist as he was crossing the street, severely injuring his leg.
Grooms was arrested on Nov. 30, 2013 on misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and obstruction. He was suspended indefinitely following the November arrest, missing Marshall’s Conference USA championship game at Rice and its Military Bowl win over Maryland. He was allowed to return to the team for spring practice.
Grooms was named C-USA’s freshman of the year in 2012, after leading all conference freshmen with 737 rushing yards. He suffered a high ankle sprain during the 2013 preseason and was hobbled by it for much of the season. He shared carries with Essray Taliaferro and Steward Butler in 2013, finishing third on the team with 503 yards and six touchdowns on 91 carries.
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