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BYU linebacker Takitaki suspended for season after ‘violating team rules’

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Posted at 11:03 AM, Oct 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-22 13:13:23-04

PROVO, Utah – A BYU linebacker has been suspended for the rest of the season for “violating team rules.”

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall suspended sophomore linebacker Sione Takitaki Thursday.

According to BYU athletics, Takitaki has recorded 21 tackles and 3.5 sacks in six games this season as an outside linebacker.

Takitaki has previously faced disciplinary action.

Just a week ago he pleaded guilty to theft charges and admitted he stole athletic gear while working for the school’s athletic department.

According to official documents, he was sentenced to 12 months probation and a $680 fine.

School officials said he was suspended for the season-opener at Nebraska for that incident.

He was also suspended for various infractions when he was a freshman in 2014.

BYU has not confirmed the nature of the current violations or if they had anything to do with the honor code.