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Preliminary hearing set for UH player accused of property damage

  • JAMM AQUINO / OCT. 10, 2015

    Hawaii defensive lineman Kennedy Tulimasealii watches the second half of a college football game between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the San Diego State Aztecs on October 10, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.

University of Hawaii football player Kennedy Tulimasealii is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing in District Court on May 26 to face a felony charge of criminal property damage.

Tulimasealii’s attorney waived his client’s initial appearance in District Court this morning.

Authorities charged Tulimasealii, 21, with a Class C felony on Monday for his alleged role in a March 1 incident.

Tulimasealii and his ex-girlfriend argued while he was a passenger and she was the driver of a 2012 Jeep, police said. Tulimasealii allegedly punched the touch-screen navigation system, cracking the glass. Damage to the Jeep, registered to his ex-girlfriend’s father, is estimated at more than $3,000.

Police arrested Tulimasealii Monday at the main police station. He was released after posting $20,000 bond.

The UH football team suspended Tulimasealii from team-related activities following his April 12 arrest on an accusation of misdemeanor assault, harassment and resisting arrest. He remains on scholarship and is permitted to attend classes and study hall.

Tulimasealli, a defensive tackle from Waianae, amassed 63 tackles in 2015, including 18.5 backfield stops.

He will be a senior in the fall.

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    • Kennedy needs to be smarter then that, that action only drop him from reaching his goals in life. I guess he wants to go back too the streets of the westside. Girl will stop you from reaching your goals in life, suck it up and move on. The prize is not the girl, it’s playing on Sundays.

    • “this chick”? Outrageous. This so-called “student” does not represent the UH in anyway and needs to go if he is indeed guilty as charged. This bad football program continues to curse the UH. What a heavy price to pay for public entertainment unrelated to the UH educational mission.

      • Meanwhile, for all your purported academic excellence, you shelp pizzas– no professional interships, no published papers…nada- so telling you pillock simp.

      • Let’s get this straight. Being a student-athlete and doing dumb things are two distinctly different things. I bet a higher percentage of “students” are guilty of similarly bad things but you never accuse any of them as being bad for the institution, do you? This “bad” football program funds so many worthy student-athletes towards achieving their “academic” success that they otherwise wouldn’t have an opportunity to do so. This “bad” football program got that way because your Chow, who you admired, made it so. By the way, this “bad boy” was Chow’s crowning local recruit under his tenure so some blame, if any, must go to your “honorable Chow” for not providing the needed guidance. Look, I totally agree with your assessment of Willieboy as an idiot but, likewise, so are you.

  • Hopefully, he will turn his life around. If you weigh the potential future he has against the circumstances he now faces, he deserves a chance to find a way to get back on his feet again. Sometimes things happen for a reason and while football may or may not be in his future, most of us know what is really important.

  • Sad. This kid’s football career is done. But things need to happen for a reason. He probably had anger issues and a violent history that would’ve never been disclosed had he not gotten arrested. One incident of violence could perhaps be isolated. Two indicates there’s a problem. And no pro team will bring in this liability. Sadder part is what kind of employer would hire a guy with a history of violence either. This kid is screwed.

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