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USF dismisses Hassan Childs from team after his arrest


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.

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