UofL TE Kemari Averett suspended

Sophomore accused of assault, domestic violence, wanton endangerment

UofL TE Kemari Averett suspended
Kemari Averett was booked into the jail at 1:10 a.m. Tuesday on charges of assault, domestic violence and wanton endangerment.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - University of Louisville tight end Kemari Averett has been suspended from the football team.

Averett was arrested late Monday night after a confrontation with his girlfriend. According to his arrest report, Averett went to his girlfriend’s home so she could help him study Monday night. When he went home, he realized he had left his backpack with her, and when she brought it over to his home on Crittenden Drive, that’s when the confrontation began.

Averett grabbed the backpack, then moments later realized his laptop was missing, his arrest report.

“B***h, where’s my laptop?” he asked. The woman told police she didn’t know the laptop was missing. Averett then put a gun to her head, the arrest report said, and said, “B***h, I will kill you.”

The report also stated Averett threatened to shoot up the car she was in, and then threatened to pistol whip a witness who was in the backseat of the car.

“Kemari Averett has been suspended immediately from all football activities per further investigation,” head coach Bobby Petrino said in a statement distributed to local media Tuesday. “He will not have access to our facility or be involved in any team activities during this suspension."

Averett was booked into the jail at 1:10 a.m. Tuesday on charges of assault, domestic violence and wanton endangerment. He was initially ordered to be held on $10,000 bond and his arraignment was scheduled for Tuesday morning.

“We work hard every day to develop a culture of accountability that everyone in our program must live up to,” Petrino said. “Any conduct that does not meet these expectations will not be tolerated within the Louisville football program.”

Averett, a sophomore from Atlanta, has eight catches this season for the Cards (2-5, 0-4 ACC) for 65 yards and two touchdowns. Losers of four straight games, the Cards are off this week.

“I fully support Coach Petrino in his decision to immediately suspend Kemari Averett, per further investigation,” Vice-President/Director of Athletics Vince Tyra said in the statement. “We have high expectations for all of our student-athletes and inappropriate conduct will absolutely not be tolerated. “

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