University of Colorado head football coach Deion Sanders has asked for leniency against four high schoolers who are accused of stealing from his team’s locker room during a game late last month.
Thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and other valuable items were stolen from the locker room as the team visited the Rose Bowl in Southern California to play the UCLA Bruins on October 28. The Denver Post reported that at least five football players were victimized during the robbery.
“Let’s make sure those kids atone for what transpired, whether it’s community service or whatever it is, but they don’t lose the opportunities to change their lives,” Sanders told reporters on Tuesday. “They are kids. They made a stupid, dumb, idiotic mistake. When I was 17, 18, so did I. All right? So did you.”
He added, “Let’s pray for those kids and lift them up, and hopefully and prayerfully, they get another opportunity.”
The Pasadena Police Department, who were tipped off about the suspects, recovered the items during a subsequent search.
“Our detectives worked diligently to follow up on all leads, which resulted in the quick execution of search warrants,” the department said. “The investigation will be ongoing.”
It’s believed that some of the suspects played football at Beaumont High School, according to various reports.
“We are disappointed and disheartened to hear of the alleged involvement of Beaumont High School students in the incident at the UCLA-Colorado football game on October 28,” the district said in a statement. “We strive to promote strong character and integrity in our students, and the alleged actions do not represent our core values as a school, District, and community. While the students were not at the UCLA-Colorado football game as part of a school-sponsored event, the District is cooperating fully with Pasadena Police Department’s investigation.”