Senior Azeem Victor, a preseason All-America linebacker, has been suspended indefinitely from the University of Washington football program, coach Chris Petersen announced Wednesday. Victor was arrested early Sunday morning and booked into King County Jail on suspicion of DUI.
Victor, also suspended for the first game of the 2017 season for violating undisclosed team rules, was released from custody at 10:16 a.m. Sunday, according to King County Jail records.
“We take these matters very seriously, and have suspended Azeem from our team indefinitely as we continue to gather details about this incident,” said Petersen, who did not comment on the nature of of Victor’s offense. Athletic department officials said that neither Petersen nor they would comment further.
After starting the year as an Associated Press first-team preseason All-America selection, the 6-foot-3, 231-pound Compton, CA., native lost his starting job at middle linebacker to junior Ben Burr-Kirven. Victor ultimately moved to defensive end. He had his best game in Washington’s Pac-12 Conference opener at Colorado, recording 10 tackles.
Victor made first-team All-Pac-12 last year when the Huskies advanced to the national semifinals in the Peach Bowl opposite Alabama. The Huskies host Utah at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.