HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Former University of Hawaii defensive lineman, Kennedy Tulimasealii, has been kicked off the UH football team for violating the university's student-athlete conduct code the university announced Monday.
"This team and this staff have great love for Kennedy, and nobody's happy about this," said UH head football coach Nick Rolovich. "This is the repercussions of decisions that were made, and we implemented what was in the student-athlete hand book."
The code states that "any student-athlete convicted of or pleading guilty or no contest to a felony charge shall be permanently dismissed from the team."
"You've got a young man who has hit a pretty good bump in the road and we wish him all the best," said Rolovich. "He'll always be part of our family and this team just has to move forward and deal with this as a unit."
In regards to his scholarship, the code states "the grant-in-aid shall not be renewed for any successive academic years." Tulimasealii is no longer on scholarship, but he will be allowed to remain at UH academically if he chooses.
UH Athletic Director David Matlin added in a statement: "We hope that Kennedy will continue his college education and work toward receiving his degree. He will always be a part of the Rainbow Warrior 'ohana and we hope that his recent troubles do not define his life."
Tulimasealii pleaded no contest to six criminal charges two weeks ago including a felony charge for property damage.
He was suspended indefinitely from football activities since being arrested this past April in a separate incident, when an argument with his ex-girlfriend led to a scuffle with police.