WESTWOOD—UCLA starting cornerback Ishmael Adams was released on bail Tuesday, September 1 at 6:24 a.m., a day after being arrested on suspicion of felony robbery after allegedly taking a phone from an Uber driver, according to Tod Tamberg of UCLA’s Office of Media Relations.
Head coach Jim Mora announced Tuesday, September 1, that Adams has been suspended indefinitely. The redshirt junior from Woodland Hills will miss the season opener on Saturday, September 5 at the Rose Bowl against Virginia. Adams is scheduled to appear in court on September 22.
Adams was arrested by UCLA police at 3:36 a.m. Sunday, August 30, for allegedly using force to rob the driver. He was being held on $100,000 bail.
The Daily Bruin reported Adams is alleged to have tried to take the phone outside university police headquarters on campus.
A UCLA athletic department spokesman released the following statement saying: “We are aware of the situation and continue to gather information. As this is a pending legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”
Adams started all 26 games for the Bruins over the past two seasons. He returned two intercepted passes—the first coming in the season opener last season against Virginia—for touchdowns in 2014, tying the school record. He also scored twice in a 62-27 win over Arizona State last season, a touchdown on a 100-yard kickoff return and a 95-yard interception return. In 2013, Adams led UCLA with four interceptions.
Adams is a graduate of Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village. His father, Stefon Adams, played five NFL seasons from 1986-1990 as a defensive back for the Los Angeles Raiders, Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins.
Adams’ Twitter account mentions nothing about the arrest, but a tweet days before hints at some distress from the UCLA star.
I'm being attacked by satan, can you please pray for me? #Godbless
— Ishmael Adams (@ishadams) August 25, 2015
His latest tweet—a day before the arrest—on Saturday, August 29, appeared to be a complete 360.
In times that you don't understand, just realize how blessed you are and remember what got you to this point. #inGodiTrust
— Ishmael Adams (@ishadams) August 30, 2015