Reports: Rutgers suspends senior due to arrest shortly after signing Baylor transfer with history of them

Rutgers Caitlin Jenkins, right, is suspended indefinitely after a weekend arrest. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Rutgers Caitlin Jenkins, right, is suspended indefinitely after a weekend arrest. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

A senior forward for the No. 20 ranked Rutgers women’s basketball team is suspended indefinitely after being arrested over the weekend. The news comes two weeks after the school announced an incoming transfer, who reports found had been previously arrested, which led to her dismissal from the Baylor basketball team.

Josh Newman and Suzanne Russell of the Asbury Park Press first reported the suspension story Tuesday and it was picked up by SB Nation’s On the Banks Rutgers site.

Update, March 21: The charges against Jenkins were dropped, per She was not reinstated and will prepare for the WNBA draft combine, per The Daily Targum.

Senior suspended indefinitely

Caitlin Jenkins missed Sunday’s loss against Minnesota. After the game the team announced it was due to a “violation of team policy.”

According to court records obtained by NJ Advance Media, she was arrested the previous day by Rutgers police and charged with simple assault and criminal mischief “in connection with a domestic violence incident.” Both charges are disorderly person charges.

Since it is a domestic violence-related incident, police told the Park Press it could not release any more information.

Jenkins played her freshman year at Southern Mississippi, her sophomore year at Southern University Shreveport, a junior college, and then went on to Rutgers. She averaged 6.0 points and 6.8 rebounds in 20 games for the Scarlet Knights (17-5, 9-2), who are in first place in the Big Ten.

Key transfer arrested twice in five months

In reporting the Jenkins news, NJ Advance Media reported the background of recent transfer and signee Alexis Morris.

Morris was arrested by Texas State University police in September, according to police documents obtained by NJ Advance Media, for allegedly assaulting a woman inside a dorm.

From NJ Advance Media:

The alleged assault victim was issued a “notice to adult victim of family violence,” according to police documents.

She was dismissed by Baylor, then ranked No. 2 in the final AP poll, for a “violation of team rules” two days later.

In December she was arrested in her hometown for marijuana possession and possession of a dangerous object, per the records.

Morris was named a 2017-18 Big 12 All-Freshman and went to the Elite Eight with Baylor which finished 33-2. She averaged 9.1 points, 3.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds over 32 games, eight of which she started. She shot a team-best 45 percent (28-for-62) from behind the arc.

Head coach C. Vivian Stringer and the players declined comment.

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