Defensive lineman Austin Maloata has been dismissed from the Oregon Duck’s football team after being arrested for a DUI. Shortly after Oregon’s horrible 52-27 loss to Stanford, Maloata’s car was allegedly seen running a red light and colliding with another car near campus. Upon police arrival they suspected Maloata, 19 was intoxicated. After a brief search of his vehicle, the officers on the scene found a noted amount of methamphetamine.
Maloata will face three charges and will have to appear in court; driving under the influence, reckless driving, and possession of a controlled substance. He was released from county jail later Sunday afternoon, less than six hours after being booked, and is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 29th Lane County Circuit court. Maloata is the first player kicked off the team before further legal action. In the last 8 games, Maloata has recorded 27 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks for the Ducks.
Maloata is the second Ducks defender arrested in the past two weeks following Eddie Heard’s Nov. 2 arrest on charges of fourth-degree assault and harassment. Heard pleaded not guilty to these charges and has not been dismissed from the team, however, will remain suspended indefinitely. The Ducks are having a hard time keeping themselves out of headlines for off-field incidents.