UCA linebacker suspended for buying brother books

    5:59 PM, Sep 27, 2013   |    comments
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    CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - One of UCA's starting linebackers is suspended indefinitely. It's all over an NCAA rule about scholarship funding.

    Senior Linebacker Justin Heard told THV 11 he didn't realize he broke NCAA rules when he purchased his brother, who is also a member of the team, text books. Once Heard realized his mistake he quickly tried to go through the proper channels to correct the mistake.

    "Basically I didn't know it was a violation and later on found out and immediately went back and did the things I need to do to correct that and now I'm here facing possibly a long suspension from the NCAA and I just want to get it straightened out that I'm not a bad person," said Heard.

    We reached out to UCA for a comment about this, but they only told us Heard is suspended for violating team rules. Heard told THV 11 he hopes to hear from the NCAA at the first of next week on if or when he'll be reinstated.

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