UCLA star arrested?: Ishmael Adams

Published: September 1, 2015

UCLA star arrested?: Ishmael Adams, Ishmael Adams, a playmaking defensive back and kick returner for UCLA’s football team, was released on bail at 6:24 a.m. Tuesday morning, more than a day after his arrest on suspicion of felony robbery.

Adams, a senior, was taken into custody by UCLA police at 3:36 a.m. Sunday for allegedly using force to rob a cellphone from an Uber driver, according to Tod Tamberg of UCLA’s office of media relations.

UCLA did not practice Monday and football Coach Jim Mora was not available for comment. A UCLA athletic department spokesman released a statement that read, “We are aware of the situation and continue to gather information. As this is a pending legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”

Adams is due in court on Sept. 22.

As of late Monday afternoon, Adams was still in custody with his bail set at $100,000, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department website. The district attorney’s office had not received the case from UCLA police, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the D.A.

Adams is 5 feet 8 and 180 pounds, but he has started 26 consecutive games by playing bigger than his frame.

“He plays with that chip on his shoulder in practice, in games,” Mora said last season. “He’s a fighter, a scrapper.”

Adams ability to create big plays was vital to the Bruins in 2014. Against Virginia in the season opener, Adams returned an interception for a touchdown. He also scored on a punt return only to have it nullified by a penalty in the 28-20 victory.

Adams had two touchdowns in a 62-27 victory over Arizona State, a 95-yard interception return and a 100-yard kickoff return.

“He has a knack for making plays,” Mora said last season. “When he gets the ball in his hands, there is no way he is going to go down easy.”

Adams is also well-known for jawing on the field, something that amused teammates and annoyed opponents.


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