Jordan Polk, a reserve wide receiver for the University of Washington, was arrested and charged Friday with domestic violence from property damage he was alleged to have committed at the home of an ex-girlfriend in February.
According to the Seattle Times, Polk was charged with a misdemeanor by the city attorney’s office. The Times reported that Coach Steve Sarkisian earlier made a decision to dismiss Polk from the team and would not return for the 2011 season.
Washington released a statement on the matter:
Washington football coach Steve Sarkisian announced today that wide receiver Jordan Polk is no longer a part of the UW football program. This decision was reached by mutual agreement between Sarkisian and Polk earlier this month, prior to todays filing of misdemeanor charges. The UW will have no further comment regarding this matter.
A 21-year-old junior from Portland’s Lincoln High School and a cousin of star running back Chris Polk, Jordan Polk’s playing time diminished in 2010. He was stalled at the back of the wide receiver rotation.
A fiery and vocal receiver, Polk’s seven catches for 94 yards in 2010 were career highs, though he only appeared in four games. He essentially became a spare part in what was a deep position for Washington. His best game was Oct. 9 against Arizona State, when he had three catches for 40 yards and a rush for 10 yards.
Polk is the third UW athlete in 10 days to be in trouble with the law. On March 3, teammate and running back Johri Fogerson was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and possession of marijuana. He has been suspended indefinitely by Sarkisian.
On March 8, basketball player Venoy Overton was charged with supplying liquor to a minor. Coach Lorenzo Romar suspended him for the Pac-10 tournament, but he returned this week and was to have played in the NCAA first-round tournament game Friday night in Charlotte against Georgia.
Overton’s charge came as part of a Jan. 8 episode in which police said he met two 16-year-old girls and had sex with both. Prosecutors declined to press charges, citing conflicting witness accounts and insufficient evidence.