UofL football player kicked off team after drug trafficking charge

UofL football player kicked off team after drug trafficking charge
Cameron Polk (Source: UofL Athletics)
Cameron Polk (Source: UofL Athletics)
Mario Guzman (Source: LMDC)
Mario Guzman (Source: LMDC)
Samantha Ayala (Source: LMDC)
Samantha Ayala (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A University of Louisville freshman football player has been kicked off the team after he was cited for drug trafficking.

University police received a tip that there was a party going on in Cameron Polk's apartment in Cardinal Towne on Oct. 7. They reported they could smell marijuana from the door.

Polk, 18, was a three star recruit from Fishers, IN with a lot of potential. He had not taken the field for the Cards this year.

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The report states Polk admitted to smoking pot and allowed officers to come into his room where he showed them a safe containing marijuana, bags, money, hydrocondone pills, a cup of codeine and scales. Despite the drug trafficking charge, Polk was not arrested or taken to jail.

For supporters, it's yet another student athlete in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. "You don't want Louisville tarnished," said Daniel Markgraf, a student at UofL.

"It definitely saddens me to hear that all these guys are doing this and everything especially about the cheerleader and also Chane, a couple years ago," said Boone.

This past summer, a 22-year-old UofL cheerleader, Dani Cogswell, was found dead in a Cardinal Towne Apartment.

The coroner determined she passed away from a lethal mix of heroin, amphetamines and Xanax.

Fans hope these latest cases can serve as a walk up call.

"It seems to becoming a problem and I really don't know what they can do about it, it is almost like personal choice, like if somebody wants to do it, they are going to do it," said Boone.

UofL's Athletic Department says Polk has been removed from the team and says "It's important that we provide him with the help and support needed to help him with his problems."

On the same day Polk was charged, two other people were arrested for burglarizing his apartment.

According to arrest reports, Mario Guzman and Samantha Ayala are accused of breaking in Polk's apartment on September 30 and stealing a video game system and games, and then selling it.

The suspects are charged with burglary and receiving stolen property.

Polk is due in court next month.

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