East Carolina dismissed defensive back Nhyre Quinerly Wednesday for what head coach Scottie Montgomery called “disciplinary reasons.”
Montgomery didn’t specify the reason for the dismissal, but multiple outlets reported Wednesday that the redshirt freshman was arrested for allegedly stealing a car. Per WITN, Quinerly was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle and larceny of motor vehicle parts.
Police were notified by a local towing company of a stolen vehicle that had its tags switched out with New Jersey plates. Quinerly told the towing company the car belonged to him.
Police say they were notified by a towing company this afternoon that they were in possession of a car stolen from University Park Apartments on August 28th. The car’s tags were switched out with New Jersey plates that police say were stolen from another car at a local funeral home the next day.
The stolen car ended up being towed from another Greenville apartment complex because it didn’t have any parking permits. Officers say the former football player told the towing company he owned the car and was met by detectives when he arrived to retrieve the vehicle.
Quinerly took a redshirt in 2015 but has played in all five games for ECU so far this season, mainly on special teams. He had two tackles.
“One of our top priorities is to promote responsible citizenship in our community and I emphasize those directives on a continual basis,” Montgomery said in a statement regarding Quinerly’s dismissal. “While this behavior is contrary to the progress we’ve made, I think how we respond to issues such as this will say more about our program than the actions of an individual who chose not to act in a responsible manner.”
Quinerly was a three-star recruit in ECU’s 2015 class.
ECU, 2-3 on the season, is scheduled to play South Florida Saturday night in Tampa. The Pirates have lost three games in a row.
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