Two freshmen Arizona State Sun Devils football players have been arrested on charges of second degree burglary after an October 8 incident at the San Pablo Dorms located at the northernmost edge of campus.
Lee Adams and Jamil Douglas were caught on video tape walking into an unlocked dormitory room on two separate occasions that night, stealing two MacBook Pro laptops and an Xbox gaming system.
A surveillance camera was set up by someone within the dorm who got upset with the trash that was being left in the hallways—ultimately catching this burglary on tape.
The catch of this crime is that the pair of football players stole from fellow teammates, whose names were not disclosed.
Adams, a defensive tackle, has played in one game this season (the season opener against Portland State) and was ranked by Rivals as the 35th overall strong-side defensive tackle for the 2010 recruiting class.
His partner in crime, Douglas, is an offensive lineman redshirting this season.
While both Adams and Douglas are not starters and will not affect the Sun Devils' hopeful comeback season, you can't help but notice the degree of undisciplined behavior these teammates possessed.
Burglary is wrong all on its own, but to commit this crime against fellow teammates shows that they lack the pride and values in what is to be a Sun Devil—or on a team for that matter.
Head coach Dennis Erickson has since suspended Douglas and Adams indefinitely, but more developments should come.
Just this past offseason former Oregon Ducks starting quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was charged with theft, ultimately being suspended for the entire 2010 season by head coach Chip Kelly (although released from team months later after a separate incident), leaving Erickson with close to no options but to at least match the punishment.
While the incident is very similar to Masoli's, it is different in the fact that they stole from teammates—an additional factor that should play into Erickson's final decision.
A lengthy suspension is a must, but when it comes down to it, does the team really want these two on the field with them after showing complete disrespect for their fellow teammates?
A team is family, and family members do not steal from one another—it's as simple as that.