Report: Rutgers football players under investigation for credit card fraud

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Several Rutgers football players are being investigated for credit card fraud, according to a report by NJ Advance Media.

The report states that as many as eight players could be involved in the fraudulent use of credit cards.

News 12 New Jersey reached out to a spokesperson for the team, who declined to comment.

But News 12 has confirmed that two players have already been kicked off the roster – rising sophomore Brendan Devera, of Wayne Hills, and K.J. Gray, from Newark, who was set to enter his third year with the team. Rutgers says that the players were cut for violating team rules, but declined to provide further details. Devera and Gray were both recruited by head coach Chris Ash.

The Rutgers football team has been plagued in recent years by controversy surrounding its players and staff.

In December, another player recruited by Ash, Dacoven Bailey, was cut after he received a sexual assault charge in Texas.

Most of the controversy began in 2015, when then-head coach Kyle Flood was suspended for three games for not following university regulations. Officials say that he contacted a faculty member about one of his players’ grades and eligibility, which is a violation of the rules.

That same year, seven players were arrested and faced a number of criminal charges. Former players Dre Boggs, Lloyd Terry and Tejay Johnson were charged in three home invasions. The players were convicted of stealing cash and drugs from students at gunpoint.

It was later revealed that the team had 30 failed drug tests and in half of the cases, there were no punishments. An investigation uncovered that team doctors were hiding results from then-athletic director Julie Hermann. 

Following the incidents concerning the hidden drug tests, the NCAA responded with what many deemed to be a slap on the wrist.

Also in 2015, several players were charged with assault for a fight on Delafield Street in New Brunswick.

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