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USF dismisses Hassan Childs from team after his arrest

Roy Cummings

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You had a feeling from the very beginning of the Hassan Childs incident that this was not going to end well for the 22-year-old University of South Florida football player and it has not.

Childs, who was shot at least twice during a road rage incident last weekend, in which he pointed a gun at a car carrying family of three, according to Tampa police, has been kicked off the Bulls team.

USF coach Charlie Strong made the announcement to the media on Tuesday after practice that Childs failed to uphold the team’s standards required of players who hope to represent the school on the football field.

“When you look at this university and how great an institution it is, and the football program, it is a privilege to represent this program,” Strong said.

“And there are standards and there are values that we uphold, and our players understand it is an obligation and it is a responsibility to represent it the right way.’’

FloridaFootballInsiders noted earlier that Childs may have been the aggressor in the story and that the other party, 26 year old Jovanni Jimenez of Tampa, may have been acting in self defense.

Jiminez told TPD at the scene that Childs, a fifth year senior for the Bulls, pointed a gun at him not once, but twice, in the late Saturday night incident in which Childs was shot after approaching Jimenez’s vehicle, according to authorities.

Childs was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, and he was still in the hospital on Monday when he was officially arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault.

Childs was also charged with a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession.

Strong told the media Tuesday, that he personally informed Childs of the dismissal and said Childs “understood’’ the actions Strong had to take.

Roy Cummings is a native of Chicago, Illinois who grew up in the suburb of Lombard. He and his family later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Roy attended high school at Kathleen High. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications in 1983 and immediately went to work for the Tampa Tribune. After five years working in a Polk County bureau covering everything from high school sports to college football to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Roy moved back to Tampa and became the Tribune's first beat writer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, covering the team from its inception through the first eight years on the ice. He was then moved to the Buccaneers beat, where he stayed until the paper was folded in May, 2016. A two-time Florida Sports Writer of the Year, Roy has extensive experience covering all Tampa professional sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays.

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