PITT COUNTY - East Carolina head football coach Ruffin McNeill is speaking out about the dismissal of senior wide receiver Dayon Arrington.
Greenville Police charged Arrington Sunday with possession with intent to sell & deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Just hours after his early morning arrest, McNeill dismissed him from the football program.
"We made a team decision," Coach McNeill said.
However, that doesn't make things any easier to see a player leave the team.
"Whenever you have to lose a kid it's tough for me," McNeill said. Yet, this wasn't Arrington's first team violation.
"[This was] Dayon's second offense here with me. I mean with us excuse me and so we made the decision yesterday and that's where we are with that one," Coach McNeill said.
However, he's not the only team member to have a run-in with the law. Two other pirate football players are facing legal issues from arrests in the last four months.
Montese Overton was arrested in May for misdemeanor animal cruelty charges. He is due back in court October 1.
Nose tackle Terry Williams was arrested in July for drug charges. Williams was suspended for two games, yet he was never taken off the team. McNeill said his charges have been dropped; however, the clerk of courts said his case is still active and he has a court date scheduled for August 2013.
"I believe in giving second chances. [Williams] had not gotten in any trouble before and he made a mistake and he understands that and he's atoned to it by our rules and by any other university rules and by legal rules too," McNeill said.
Coach McNeill said he's not just shaping up his student athletes on the field. He's helping them off the field as well. He said representing the university in a positive way was important to him.
Sophomore Aarron Mullen said it's unfortunate this happened. "It might hurt us in the end," he said.
However, freshman Reandy Hearn said it was a good decision to dismiss Arrington from the team. "I think that's right. You shouldn't be doing drugs," she said.
Still, Coach McNeill stands by his decision.
"Does it mean we're not going to have mishaps? No. Does that mean it's a continued process? Yes," McNeill said.
East Carolina senior wide receiver Dayon Arrington has been dismissed from the Pirate football program after an early Sunday morning arrest that followed prior team rule violations, according to an announcement from head football coach Ruffin McNeill Sunday night.
Greenville Police charged Arrington was charged with possession with intent to sell & deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
"Because of previous team rule violations, we do not have any other option than to dismiss Dayon from the team for this incident," McNeill said. "It disappoints us when we provide opportunities and situations for young people to put them in a position to succeed and they end up making poor choices and decisions."
ECU wide receiver Dayon Arrington faces drug charges after he was arrested Sunday.
Arrington faces two charges, including possession with intent to distribute, a felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is currently a senior at ECU and played in Saturday's game against the UNC Tar Heels.
Arrington is the third ECU football player in the last four months to face charges. Nose tackle Terry Williams was arrested on drug charges in July. Linebacker Darrell Montese Overton was taken into custody on charges of animal cruelty in early May.
Arrington has been released on $10,000 bond.
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