VCU suspends Rams basketball star Briante Weber for stealing an iPhone

Posted at 5:07 PM, Aug 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-15 19:49:47-04
Briante Weber

Briante Weber

RICHMOND, Va. — VCU Rams senior guard Briante Weber has been suspended after he violated team rules, the university announced in a statement Friday.

Weber, a Chesapeake native, was charged with misdemeanor petit larceny for taking someone’s iPhone 5, valued at $200. The incident happened at the Cary Street Gym located at 101 South Linden St., according to online court records and an incident report filed by VCU Police. The incident took place July 24.

“Briante has failed to live up to the standards we’ve set for our program and we are holding him accountable,” VCU men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart said in a statement. “Part of his discipline includes missed competition. We expect that Briante will act according to the standards of our program moving forward.”

VCU opens the 2014-15 basketball season on November 14 versus the University of Tennessee. Weber will be suspended for that game as well as the team’s exhibition game and closed scrimmage, the university announced.

“Weber also will be subject to the university’s Code of Student Conduct process,” the university added.

Weber’s Friday arraignment was continued, according to online court records. He is due back in court September 25.

On the basketball court, Weber is known as one of the best defensive players in the country. He enters the 2014-15 season as the two-time A-10 Defensive Player of the Year.

Weber lead the nation in steals last season, at 3.6 steals per game. He holds the A-10 single season and VCU career steals records.