Defensive tackles Kennedy Tulimasealii and Ka‘aumoana Gifford face suspension — and possible expulsion — from the University of Hawaii football team following their arrests this morning.
Tulimasealii, 21, was arrested on accusations of two counts of misdemeanor domestic abuse and one count each of harassment and resisting arrest. He also is accused of two counts of contempt. His bond was set at $5,650.
Gifford was arrested on an accusation of obstruction. His bond was $500.
They were arrested at 6 a.m. at their McCully Street home.
The UH student-athlete code of conducts recommends suspension from team-related activities following misdemeanor arrests. If suspended, they will be allowed to remain on scholarship and attend classes.
UH head coach Nick Rolovich was notified of the arrests shortly before the start of this morning’s spring practice. Rolovich told the Star-Advertiser he needed to review the police report and meet with athletic director David Matlin before deciding on an action.
Tulimasealii is considered the Rainbow Warriors’ top defensive lineman. Gifford was expected to be in the playing rotation this season.
“It’s a bad deal for all the good this team has done,” Rolovich said. “For a couple guys to make their bad decision without thinking about the future of this football team and their teammates, it’s a sad deal.”
UH spokesman Derek Inouchi said in a statement, “We are in the process of gathering all the information, while keeping in mind the rules and policies of this university and athletic department.”