University of Hawaii running back Joey Iosefa was suspended for three games and stripped of his co-captain’s title on Tuesday in the aftermath of his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving on Sunday.
“I apologize to my coaches and teammates, to my family, to the university, and to our fans,” Iosefa said in a news release circulated to the media on Tuesday night. “Coach (Norm) Chow constantly reminds us that it’s a privilege to be a student-athlete here at the University of Hawaii. I will accept the consequences coach Chow has laid out, and hope to regain the trust of my coaches, teammates, and the fans who have supported me and our football team.”
Iosefa met with Chow before Tuesday’s morning practice, then with Chow and athletic director Ben Jay on Tuesday evening.
A first-time DUI is considered a petty misdemeanor. The UH Code of Conduct for student-athletes leaves punishment for such offenses to the discretion of the athletic director. But the three-game suspension matches the penalties placed on former UH punter Alex Dunnachie and quarterback Cayman Shutter after they pleaded guilty to DUI charges in 2012.