It appears that defensive lineman Kennedy Tulimaseali’i will not play for the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in 2016.
In April, during spring training Tulimaseali’i was arrested for two counts of domestic abuse and resisting arrest. In court he plead no contest on charges of assault, harassment and property damage in relation to a domestic incident.
UH Athletics Department Statement from David Matlin, UH Athletics Director:
“Defensive lineman Kennedy Tulimasealii has been dismissed from the University of Hawaiʻi football team for violating the UH student-athlete conduct code. The code states that “any student-athlete convicted of or pleading guilty or no contest to a felony charge shall be permanently dismissed from the team.” In regards to his scholarship, the code states “the grant-in-aid shall not be renewed for any successive academic years.” An appeal process is available. We hope that Kennedy will continue his college education and work toward receiving his degree. He will always be a part of the Rainbow Warrior ʻohana and we hope that his recent troubles do not define his life.”
Tulimaseali’i was first team all Mountain West last season.