Iowa State football: P.J. Harris arrested for assault, was already dismissed


Iowa State football wide receiver P.J. Harris was arrested early Friday morning for assault. Instead of getting the usual routine of being indefinitely suspended, we learned that the receiver was already a former player.

According to multiple reports, Harris is currently being held at the Story County Jail and has been charged with domestic assault and strangulation. Iowa State’s sports information director, Mike Green, said that Harris was already dismissed from the team as of January 13th. From Bobby La Gesse of the Ames Tribune:

"Harris was a member of the Iowa State football team last season, but was dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules on Jan. 13, according to ISU spokesman Mike Green. ISU had not publicly disclosed the dismissal."

What was he kicked off the team for? That information wasn’t disclosed, much like the secret that Harris was removed from the team. No one publicly knew the information. An Iowa State Daily feature that was published on January 21st that had a discussion on student athletes using social media listed Harris still as a football player.

"“You can express your feeling in a better way just by the choice of words you use,” said P.J. Harris, an ISU football player."

Looking at Harris’ Twitter account, there wasn’t anything that gave away his release from the team. He went on a hiatus from last Christmas to mid January, and this was the only tweet on January 18th that could reference something was up.

Harris, who completed his redshirt sophomore season, had nine catches for 55 yards in the first three games of the season. He played in nine games in 2013 and caught a total of seven passes for 67 yards, but we referenced a potential breakout season on the blog after solid early production. Unfortunately, his season came to a sudden end with a knee injury against Iowa. Now, so has his Iowa State career.

It’s a bummer to hear the news on Harris, but hopefully he will get his life back on track after making what looks to be multiple mistakes.

UPDATE (10:07 AM CT): Four more players will no longer be on the Iowa State football team. Exciting defensive back T.J. Mutcherson was kicked off the team for also violating team rules. He was the second on the team in total tackles (76) and played in just 10 games. He also broke up four passes, had two interceptions, and forced a fumble.

Depth also took a hit with tight end Alex Leslie, wide receiver Damein Lawry, and offensive lineman Duaron Williams all requesting a transfer. It’s been a rough Friday for the Cyclones.

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