SECCountry.com Arkansas senior tight end Jeremy Sprinkle’s suspension from the Belk Bowl is related to an alleged shoplifting incident, sources have confirmed to SEC Country. Sprinkle was accused of attempting to shoplift items at the Belk department store at the SouthPark Mall in Charlotte on Tuesday, sources said. The Arkansas team was there as part of a function for the bowl. Each player on both teams had 90 minutes to spend a $450 gift card at Belk on anything in the store. The players also each received a Fossil watch. Sources said Sprinkle attempted to take items worth more than the allotted cost available. The athletic department announced the suspension two hours before kickoff. “Jeremy’s suspension has been known by our staff and players for several days so we’ve had a chance to prepare our game plan accordingly,” coach Bret Bielema said in the release. “Throughout his career and this season as a graduate student-athlete, Jeremy has displayed numerous times the qualities we want to represent our program. We have standards within our family that must be upheld on a daily basis and unfortunately he failed to do that in the last week. Jeremy’s suspension isn’t drug, alcohol or violence related but one that will cause him to miss his final game as a Razorback.” Neither officials at Belk nor the SouthPark Mall had any comment on the matter. Charlotte Police did not dispatch any officers to the location, according to CPD public information officer Jessica Wallin.
The University of Arkansas is set to take on Virginia Tech in The Belk Bowl today, but they will be without star senior tight end Jeremy Sprinkle, because he has been suspended for shoplifting. FROM BELK! The sponsor of the Bowl! Every player on Arkansas received a $450 gift card at Belk and a 90 minute shopping spree at a Belk department store to spend it, and during the shopping spree, Sprinkle was busted shoplifting. If you are set to play in a Bowl game, definitely do not get busted shoplifting from the sponsor of the Bowl, at the complimentary pre-bowl shopping spree. 2017 NFL Draft experts have Jeremy Sprinkle rated as a third-fourth round pick as a prospect, but the sheer stupidity and terrible timing of this arrest is sure to raise red flags for NFL scouts, Jeremy Sprinkle can expect rigorous questioning about this incident from NFL scouts at the 2017 NFL combine.