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Bret Bielema defends Arkansas recruit JoJo Robinson after Robinson's arrest

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BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 29: Head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks Bret Bielema watches a play against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on November 29, 2013 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Less than a week after being arrested in Florida on an armed robbery charge, Arkansas recruit JoJo Robinson was in Fayetteville, Ark. at the Arkansas spring game.

Robinson was arrested Tuesday after he was riding in the backseat of car involved in an alleged robbery. The car stopped and another passenger got out and allegedly robbed a gold bracelet at gunpoint from someone. Lakeith Stafford, the man who got out of the car according to the arrest report, then returned to the vehicle and the vehicle drove away.

Robinson was released Thursday morning without having to post bail. According to the arrest report, Robinson said they were "just playing around" in a written statement. Stafford was charged with three counts of armed robbery.

After Arkansas' spring game Saturday, Bielema said Robinson wouldn't be in attendance if there was any truth to his involvement in the allegations.

"If there's any concern on my behalf, if there was any validity to it, he wouldn't be here," Bielema said.

"He's a great kid. His dad has obviously spoken on his behalf, I'll just leave it up to them."

Robinson's father, Joseph, said that his son was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time and told ArkansasNews.com that the charge had been dropped. However, Miami-Dade officials said last week that his arraignment was still set for May 22.

“There’s a teammate of his that drives,” Robinson said. “He has a car. He normally drops JoJo home … From what we’ve got, JoJo got in the car, some incidents had already happened before JoJo even got in the car. The car was stopped and that’s how they were booked. The guy that was doing everything - when the cop stopped - he jumped out and he ran. JoJo stayed there. JoJo and the driver stayed there.”

Robinson is a three-star prospect according to Rivals and is the No. 55 player in the state of Florida and the No. 59 wide receiver in the class of 2014. His father also said he kept the trip to Arkansas on to show his son what he could be missing out on.

“I wasn’t even going to come on the trip anymore,” Joseph Robinson said. “But I decided, no, I’m going to come. I’m going to show him. You were going to throw away all this for that?”

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