Multiple media outlets have confirmed that linebacker signee Sharieff Rhaheed-Muhammad will not be at the University of Louisville this fall. Bobby Petrino and staff have decided to not take the (likely) public relations hit with this one, as Rhaheed-Muhammad has had his share of off-the-field issues for sure.
This isn’t too surprising at all. Even though less than two weeks ago, Petrino said that Rhaheed-Muhammad could likely still end up at UofL, you had to know there was the chance that they could change their minds on this situation.
At the end of the day, this is probably best for all parties involved and we can all move on now.
Bobby Petrino told Dennis Dodd of cbssports.com that troubled linebacker Sharieff Rhaheed-Muhammad could still end up at UofL this season. He was said to be one of the best signees in the 2014 class and a huge pickup for Bobby Petrino this season. In March, he pleaded no contest to lewd and lascivious conduct after he was accused of impregnating a 14-year-old girl. You can read more about those charges in this article from the Courier-Journal.
The following is from the cbssports.com article:
“I want you to know this,” Petrino said. “He visited five great places [in recruiting], not one of us knew about this. To my mind, this was supposed to be a sealed case. Until it came out in an article, we didn’t know anything about it.”
Recent Louisville football signee Sharieff Rhaheed-Muhammad finds himself in trouble in relation to an investigation going back to last year. The following article comes from TCPalm.com. The first few paragraphs will be posted and then you can click the link at the bottom for the rest of the article. Apparently Bobby Petrino is aware of the situation, but has no comment right now.
FORT PIERCE — Sharieff Rhaheed-Muhammad, a star linebacker at Fort Pierce Central High School who recently committed to the University of Louisville, was arrested Monday on a felony sex-related charge stemming from an investigation that began last year, according to records released Tuesday.
Rhaheed-Muhammad, 17, was arrested on a felony charge of lewd lascivious behavior – victim age 12 to 16 after officials determined with a greater than 99.99 percent probability that he fathered a child with a 14-year-old girl, who had an abortion, according to Fort Pierce police records.
Fort Pierce police began investigating the case in October.
Rhaheed-Muhammad, of Fort Pierce, on Feb. 5 picked the University of Louisville over Arkansas, Michigan State and Missouri at the school’s national signing day ceremony. He is a two-time first-team all-area selection. He missed the first six games of 2013 because of offseason wrist surgery, but finished the season with 33 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and 1 interception in six games.
The teen girl’s mother told police she bought a pregnancy test and confronted her daughter in October after seeing her daughter acting strangely. The mother said her daughter began crying, saying she had had sex with Rhaheed-Muhammad.