Kennedy Tulimasealii, Hawaii DL, Arrested for 2nd Time in 2 Weeks

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2016

Hawaii defensive lineman Kennedy Tulimasealii (90) looks on between plays in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Honolulu. Hawaii defeats Louisiana Monroe 28-26. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
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Hawaii Rainbow Warriors defensive lineman Kennedy Tulimasealii—who was already suspended from the team for a prior incident—was reportedly arrested on Monday night.

According to Manolo Morales of KHON2-TV in Honolulu, Tulimasealii was arrested and charged with criminal property damage on Monday. Morales also noted Tulimasealii “was arrested two weeks ago following an altercation with his ex-girlfriend.”

Tulimasealii was suspended from the team because of that first arrest.

The criminal property incident actually occurred in March before his original arrest, but he turned himself in on Monday, per Morales. Tulimasealii posted bail of $20,000 and has a court date set for Thursday.

Morales detailed the incident that led to the property damage charge. Tulimasealii and his ex-girlfriend were in a car when he allegedly punched the dashboard and also damaged the navigation system and radio during an argument. Morales cited police records that said the damage equaled more than $1,500.

Zach Barnett of NBC Sports' College Football Talk also described the initial arrest that led to Tulimasealii’s suspension. The defensive lineman was arrested on two counts of domestic abuse and contempt, resisting arrest and harassment. Barnett said officers had to use pepper spray because Tulimasealii was fighting with them.

As for the latest arrest, Morales said the University of Hawaii will let Tulimasealii go through the legal system before it makes any final decisions on his status with the team. The spokesman Morales cited said Tulimasealii is “technically off the team” for now because he is suspended.

On the field, Tulimasealii turned in an impressive 2015 campaign for the Rainbow Warriors and led the team with 18.5 tackles for loss. He also racked up 3.5 sacks.