With all the other craziness going on around the Michigan State football program as the team prepares to play without head coach Mark Dantonio, members of the media learned the reasons behind the lack of playing time for tight end Dion Sims.
Sims, a 6-foot-5, 258-pound sophomore tight end from Detroit, is one of 10 people facing felony charges in an alleged laptop theft ring.
Charges were announced by the Wayne County (Michigan) Prosecutor’s office on Tuesday that allege Sims and at least nine others stole over 100 laptop computers worth $158,000 from the Detroit Public Schools and sold them to friends and on websites.
Sims is accused of receiving and concealing stolen property, if found guilty, Sims could receive up to 10 years in prison.
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis issued the following statement in regards to Sims situation and the knowledge of the Spartans football staff and athletic department.
“Since mid-February, we have been aware that Dion Sims and members of his extended family have been dealing with some legal issues. Dion informed the coaching staff of the police investigation and has kept them apprised of the progress of the investigation.”
Hollis also spoke about the reasons Sims had been held out of the team’s first three games and his status with the team and at the school.
“Dion did not participate in the first three regular-season games, and as of today, he has been suspended from football team-related activities due to these issues. During his indefinite suspension, Dion will continue to have access to all of the available resources in the Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center. We will allow the legal process to play out before we make any final decision regarding his future status with the team.”
Last season Sims played in all 13 games at tight end as a true freshman recording 11 receptions for 133 yards and three touchdowns. Much was expected out of Sims this season as he continued to show great growth on the field.
The loss of Sims adds to the loss of what many felt was a major strength on the Spartans football team as the Spartans are also without Garrett Celek.
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