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2 Kansas Football Players Arrested for Robbery: Latest Details and Reaction

LAWRENCE, KS - OCTOBER 11: A Kansas Jayhawks football logo is seen on a piece of the team's equipment chest during a game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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Scott PolacekFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 8, 2017

Two members of the Kansas Jayhawks football team found themselves in trouble with the law on Monday.

According to Conrad Swanson of the Lawrence Journal-World, cornerback Eric Rivers and linebacker Kendall Duckworth “were arrested on Monday after police said another KU student was robbed.”

Police reportedly responded to the robbery report early Saturday morning. The players were not armed, and the man robbed was not injured, according to Swanson.

“Rivers and Duckworth were released from the Douglas County Jail Monday afternoon, according to the jail's booking log,” Swanson noted. “Rivers was also being held Monday on suspicion of sexual battery and criminal restraint, stemming from an alleged incident at Jayhawker Towers on the following day.”

As a result, Kansas head coach David Beaty said the following in a statement, per Swanson: “I am aware of the situation and am in the process of gathering all of the facts. Eric Rivers has been dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules. For the time being, Kendall Duckworth has been suspended from all team activities.”

Neither defender played a significant role on the field for the Jayhawks in 2015. Rivers transferred to the program from a junior college before the campaign started and redshirted, while Duckworth notched three total tackles as a freshman last year.

Considering Duckworth wasn't a notable contributor last year and sat behind players such as Marcquis Roberts and Joe Dineen on the depth chart before getting into trouble off the field, the young linebacker may struggle for playing time regardless of whether he returns from the suspension next year. 

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